Briar's Karate Kid

6th Grader Earns His Black Belt In Taekwondo
Posted on 11/04/2020
Briar 6th Grader Madden RamonRespect. Discipline. Focus.

Those are three very meaningful words for 11-year-old Madden Ramon. In October, the Briar Middle School 6th grader received his black belt in Taekwondo from the North American Martial Arts Institute in Sandusky. It’s an accomplishment that brings him much pride.

Taekwondo, a form of martial arts, “is not just punches and kicks,” Madden says. “You learn discipline and respect.”

Madden has been taking Taekwondo classes for the past five years. He discovered the martial arts form like so many other youngsters have – by watching “The Karate Kid.”

“I thought it was pretty cool, so I asked my Mom if I could do it.”

He’s been taking classes twice a week since he started. He also practices at home a couple of times a week. To get his black belt, he had to show expertise in certain moves, including the ability to break a wooden board with the palm of his hand.

“It hurts more if you don’t break it than if you do,” he says. The trick, he says, is to hit the board in the middle. “But that’s not the target. The person holding the board is the target.”

Madden is the son of Shawnda and Chad Ramon, and has a brother, Rayden, who is a 3rd grader at Meadowlawn Intermediate School. In addition to Taekwondo, Madden also plays basketball. In school, he enjoys social studies and, though it’s a long time in the future, can see himself being a paleontologist when he grows up.

For now, though, he plans to continue his Taekwondo training – it’s a long road to becoming a “Grand Master” or a 9th-degree black belt.

“I feel like I accomplished something that not many people have done,” Madden says. “I think (Taekwondo) makes me more focused. I have to pay attention to do things right. It’s the same way in school.”