Full Name: Christian Ermlich
Birthday: May 24, 1962 (remember Black and White TVs and rotary phones?)
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
How and when did you get started in Taekwondo?
I started about 10 years ago, shortly after my son Alex joined the school. I really liked how the classes were conducted, joined the fun and never looked back.
What is your current rank?
4th Dan in Taekwondo and 1st Dan in Gumdo.
What do you enjoy most at NSMA?
The great workouts, the camaraderie among kids (and parents) and seeing small white belts growing up to be young adults, often as a 1st or 2nd Dan black belt. It is amazing to see how the Martial Arts help kids to mature mentally as well as physically.
Do you do any other sports?
I enjoy long distance running, having completed numerous marathons and half-marathons. There are great local fun runs around San Antonio for all age groups and distances. Since my profession involves a lot of computer work, running gets me away from my desk and de-clutters my mind. Martial Arts and Running complement each other very well.
What advice would you give new students starting out in Taekwondo?
Don’t feel intimidated and don’t be shy to ask questions. We all started out as white belts and we all not only learned from our instructors but also by asking the older kids to help out with a form, a stance or any other question that needed answering. In fact, every higher belt is expected to pass on their knowledge to the lower ranks and help out in any way they can.
Any advice you can give to the parents signing up their kids?
YES, don’t just sign up the kids. Join in the fun, you’re already here dropping them off. Nobody is too old to join. You will be amazed how quickly you will learn the sport and start enjoying the workout. It is a great way to spend quality time with your kid(s). The best part: If you forget a form or the name of a particular kick or drill, just ask your kid(s). They’ll remember.