Berwick boy, 8, earns black belt in Taekwondo

Posted June 24, 2011, at 10:37 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — Adam Boucher of Berwick, Maine, became a first-degree black belt in the spring of 2011. Adam began training with the ATA (American Taekwondo Association) at age 5. His journey from white belt to black belt took him three years to complete. A long commitment for such a young boy, but Adam was determined.

Adam’s parents, Jeff and Lori Boucher, initially signed Adam up for Taekwondo to improve his self confidence. Slowly but steadily his parents began to see a new Adam emerge. Anxiety was being replaced by confidence with the help of wonderful instructors, Daniel Lovely of Berwick ATA and Philip Tucker of Wells ATA.

Physically, Adam’s coordination, flexibility and strength have improved dramatically. These skills have made huge impacts on Adam’s other recreational activities, such as football and soccer.

Adam says he’s learned a lot about respect, and responsibility from Taekwondo. The best part according to Adam? “It’s a lot of fun. When you win a sparring match, it’s the best feeling ever.”

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