Teenage Girl Masters the Sport of Tae Kwon Do

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Courtney Murray is a thirteen year old who you probably don't want to meet in a dark alley. She's one of the best in her class in Tae Kwon Do. She says the sport helps her in many ways. "You learn a lot of stuff about discipline and respect and loyalty and honor and stuff like that."

Courtney's coach,
Clovis Stewart, says her work ethic is the key to her success. "Just her persistence, she sticks with it and always wants to learn more."

And mom is pretty happy about the sport her daughter chose to excel in. Stephanie Murray says, "They teach you how to become a better person with more self confidence. It teaches you how to preserve and learn all the life skills to balance all aspects of your life."

Coach Stewart says Courtney's future is promising. "I see a black belt in her future. I certainly see some championships in her future, and probably a lot more 1ST place trophies."

The seventh grader is ranked in the top ten in state of Florida, but she's not stopping there. "My goal in Tae Kwon Do is to become a state champion for Florida and I want to become a high ranking black belt, and I want to try and become a world champion." Soon she will have that chance as she prepares for this years world championships.