On August 24th 2015, Master Kim promoted Kiley Mehringer to Black Belt.
Kiley Mehringer is 11 years old and is a 6th grader at Truman Middle School in the Lindbergh School District where she is is an Academic All Star, Triple Crown Winner and Straight A student with Advanced scores on all her MAP tests. Kiley has been in Taekwondo since April of 2009. She is a multiple State Champion and has competed at the USA Taekwondo Nationals in 2013 and 2015. In 2015 She lost to the Gold Medalist by 1 point with seconds remaining.
Here is what Kiley wrote for her Black Belt Ceremony speech:
How Taekwondo Has Impacted My Life by Kiley Mehringer
“Well Taekwondo has always been a part of my life. I don’t really remember a time before I started Taekwondo. Doing the sport has helped me grow as a person. It also gave me the personality I have today.”
“Taekwondo has impacted my life by giving me a good work ethic. For example, if I need to make a class project that is supposed to be one page long it will end up being three or four pages. Also, if I’m working on techniques in a Taekwondo class, I will probably go home and perfect it months before my test.”
“When I started Taekwondo, I was just an innocent four year old with no bad habits. So Taekwondo has helped me gain pretty much all good habits. At the end of the day, I’m not on this road alone, I have my friends, my Dad, Great Instructors and recently my Mom. Taekwondo makes me happy and I love the way I feel after a class.”
“I’d like to thank my parents for spending all of the money they spend on me to compete. They drive me all over the country for tournaments. Also for all of the money they spend on training, equipment and now my Black belt test. It’s not all about the money they spend though. What I appreciate the most is that they have been there for me for the past 5 ½ years. Thank you Mom and Dad! Thank you to Master Kim, Mrs. Patty and Master Matt for teaching me everything I know and making me a better athlete every class.”