Puget Sound TSD First Black Belt- Alexis Johnson

posted May 8, 2013, 7:48 AM by Mark W Taylor   [ updated Dec 7, 2014, 3:49 PM by jodi steele ]

As the Chief Instructor of the Martial Arts Program at the West Seattle YMCA, I would like to officially announce that Alexis Johnson has been promoted to the rank of Cho Dan (Black Belt) by the World Tang Soo Do Association. She also represents the first student from our class to attain this honor. 


Most people have a basic concept of what it means to be a black belt. However, until you take the journey to black belt do you really know what it means. Alexis Johnson recently found out. Alexis started her training in 2007 as a white belt and moved through the ranks reaching black belt in Oct of 2012. In the art of Tang Soo Do, the belt colors represent the cycle of the seasons (winter, spring, summer, and fall) as well as the cycle of life (birth, growth, maturity, and death) which allows for re-cycling into a new birth. Black Belt represents maturity, calmness, dignity and sincerity. First degree black belt is the final stage of one life cycle and the beginning of the next.


Alexis’ Instructors have watched her progress from a shy child into a confident young adult. She continues to develop her leadership skills as she takes on more responsibilities in the class. Training to become a black belt encompasses a whole person concept to include self-defense, physical and mental health, and better character through endurance and hard work. Her willingness to take this life path has earned her the respect of her peers and the self satisfaction that she can accomplish anything she sets her mind too. 


Congratulations Ms. Johnson

Tang Soo!!


Master Mark Taylor and Brandon Uttech

Instructors Puget Sound Tang Soo Do


AJ in 2009 
AJ with her Instructors