Ep 10: Michael J. O'Malley on Tae Kwon Do competition and the path to resilience
Dec 11, 2014 · 50 min
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Today's guest is Michael J. O'Malley. Mr. O'Malley has been my Taekwondo instructor and mentor for over 10 years. After receiving my first degree black belt in 2005, I continued training under Mr. O'Malley and was able to advance to 2nd degree, and most recently to 3rd degree black belt in 2014. Taekwondo has been a practice for me throughout my college and professional life, and I still look forward to training many times a week.

I feel very privileged to interview Mr. O'Malley. He was chosen for the USA Taekwondo teams from 1978 through 1982,  elected US Team Captain in 1980 and US Team Coach in 1984. In 2007, Mr O'Malley was inducted into the Taekewondo Hall of Fame and eventually received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

In Part 1, we talked about the first defining competition in his career. What's it like to train 10-12 hours per day as a 14-year old? What's the process to be selected for the US Team? Mr. O'Malley relates his experiences in Taekwondo competitions of the highest caliber, and also shares the relationships he formed with his teammates. Taekwondo competitions helped this Mr. O'Malley fulfill his dream of traveling the world, and helped shape him into who he is today.

In the following episode, we will learn about the Taekwondo school Mr. O'Malley founded, where he continues his teaching as the Principle Instructor today.

O’Malley Tae Kwon Do Center teaches traditional martial art and practical self defense for men, women and children. The program is an individualized and comprehensive approach to helping students achieve their fitness levels. Instead of only focusing on a student's strength, Mr. O'Malley helps overcome his or her unique challenges.

I hope you find opportunities to meet and learn from him.

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