How I Got Into Martial Arts

How I Got Into Martial Arts

One of my bosses I worked with at my undergraduate school got me into martial arts. He said that he thought I would like it as a stress reliever. (And let me tell you, it has helped me IMMENSELY). I started in 2002 in Boone, N.C., at the Blue Ridge Kung-fu Arnis Academy. I graduated from undergraduate school in 2005 and periodically after that I would attend classes, but working full-time took my time away from it.


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I moved in 2007 to Roanoke, V.A., to attend graduate school. I had a few problems, which deterred me from starting graduate school until 2009 at Hollins University, where I studied Screenwriting. Upon completion of my thesis, an autobiography, I graduated in October 2018 with a M. F. A. in Screenwriting. I learned with screenwriting that you write what you know.



In 2008, I began martial arts again at Lindamood’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, which is now called Lindamood’s Martial Art Center. I was attending classes on a regular basis until 2011. I’ve been going periodically ever since. I am struggling to get that probationary black belt in Tae Kwon Do (I lack the senior red belt), due to financial  – and other – reasons. But if there is one thing I learned throughout my martial art career, DON’T GIVE UP! It’s going to take some time to get to that 1st degree black belt, but I WILL get it.

So, here I am, wanting to help others who are in the same bout as I am. I know what it feels like.

All thanks to my boss….


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Stay positive, keep smiling, and carry on! 






Colleen Burns


SKYPE: colleen.burns62

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