The Chosun Taekwondo Academy, a local martial arts and hatha yoga center in Warwick, celebrated their 20th anniversary with an awards banquet and dinner dance on Sat., Dec. 9 at the Minerals Resort and Spa in Vernon, NJ. On hand was Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard who delivered the keynote speech.
Two-hundred fifty students, friends, and honored guests braved the early snow for an evening of merriment and to honor members who have achieved significant gains over the current year and the past decade in taekwondo, the traditional martial art of Korea.
Following the dinner, a 20-year retrospective video was shown. Mayor Newhard inspired the crowd by connecting the five tenets of Taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, with virtues taught and practiced by students. The remainder of the evening included a visit from Santa, a silent auction to benefit the Warwick Historical Society, and dancing to the sounds of DJ Ming.