Dan Thomason Martial Arts Instructor

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Dan Thomason

Why did you begin martial arts training?  Why do you continue to train?

I started martial arts training for competition as a teenager and continued through college and during my military service to stay in shape and challenge myself.  I continue to train for fitness, the challenge to learn knew things and the desire to never stop growing.


Why did you choose to be a part of the Leadership Team at Hero?

I enjoy the opportunity to give back to the martial arts community and the opportunity to help shape the next generation of martial artists.  Instructing classes challenges my depth of knowledge, helps me to better articulate complex techniques and forces me to always be willing to learn.


What is your favorite part about instructing/coaching at Hero?

Student achievements!  I love to see students practice, practice, practice and achieve their personal goals.  Nothing can describe the sense of pride when a student masters a technique they have struggled so long to learn.  Also, belt testing is my favorite event as I get to see our awesome students showcase their talents!


What are some of your hobbies, sports, or other activities that you enjoy outside of martial arts?

I love to run, fish, hike and shoot.  Being outdoors is a great release and a reminder of the balance we need in life.  It’s easy to let the worries of this world drag us down, but getting outside gives us perspective and the opportunity to enjoy God’s great creation!


Is there anything else that you would like to share with Hero families?

I would encourage parents to join their children, no matter the age, in martial arts.  I cannot express the fun we have had as a family in Taekwondo.  The motto, “the family that sweats together stays together,” is a fun reminder of how important time together is as family.  It is amazing to see the strength of each family member, how they respond to challenge, and the celebration of achieving their goals.

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