Reporting Post #8 – Mike

While You Were Sleeping…A Father Is Martial Arts Training. 

Mike Koons has been training in Korean Taekwondo early in the morning for the past 19 years.  Koons is about 5 foot 5 inches and weighs about 140 pounds.  He is not what you would expect a black belt martial artist to look like.  His petite build is deceiving.  Koons is actually a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo in the United States, a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo in South Korea, and a practitioner of Bujinkan Ninjutsu

Koons is also a father of a one-year-old son, so he works out in the mornings while his wife and child are still asleep.  He wakes up around 6 a.m.  He’ll eat a granola bar or cereal and drink a glass of orange juice for a high carbohydrate breakfast before starting his workout.  

“Around 6:15 a.m., I begin an outdoor practice, which is highly aerobic and continues for 45 minutes.  This includes kicking, striking and rolling practice, along with hand and foot conditioning against hard surfaces (repeated striking to harden the hands and feet).  On alternating days, this is either followed by 15 minutes of indoor weightlifting or running,” says Koons. 

Koons enjoys his morning workouts since it is the only time he can find alone time.  Also, the serenity of the early morning allows him to better concentrate on the techniques he is practicing. 

In addition to working out at home in the morning, Koons also instructs a self defense class at Hard Kohr Sports and Fitness Club.  “This is twice a week and allows me to spar (controlled fighting) with other instructors and participants,” says Koons. 

He also assists in training the Guardian Angels on a continuous basis as well as volunteers as a Guardian Angel in the city of York, Pa.  

The Guardian Angels is an organization dedicated to safety and its members do not carry any protection except their skills in martial arts and the ability to defuse a potentially dangerous situation through communication. They share the belief that every citizen has a right to live without fear of physical harm, intimidation, harassment or violence. 

“I need to keep in top shape so that I am able to inspire others,” says Koons.  Koons wants to start a free martial arts program for inner city children to teach them self control, discipline and honor in the York area.   

Has Koons always been a morning person?  “Not really.  Even though I do get up early, I still don’t consider myself a morning person.  I’d rather be sleeping,” says Koons.

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