Sports Spotlight — West Orange Observer: Ethan Guillem

Ethan Guillem, a third-degree black belt, is viewed as a model student and strong leader at the Victory Martial Arts.

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Ethan Guillem is the youngest assistant instructor at Victory Martial Arts in Dr. Phillips. The third-degree black belt is viewed as a model student and strong leader at the Victory Martial Arts. He’s a member of the martial arts school’s World Championship Demo team, and has been on that team for three out of the five championships.


How long have you been doing martial arts and how did you get into it? 

I got started (through) my elementary school carnival. I saw the (karate) stand and I wanted to spin the wheel (they had). I got a free trial for three classes. I went there and took the classes and thought it was good, so then we signed up. That was six years ago.


Why did you get into martial arts?

I thought martial arts was cool in general — like all the movies where they do kicks and stuff. I didn’t really have any extracurricular activities after school, so I thought it would be cool to try.


What’s your favorite thing about doing it?

Probably the tournaments and competing.


Have you participated in any competitions recently? How often do you compete? 

This year, I took a break, but last year, I competed for (American Taekwondo Association) Worlds (Championship). I got second place.


What’s it like competing in a martial arts competition?

Sometimes it can be stressful, like for the Worlds competition … (but) it’s a fun experience.


What’s the best martial arts advice you’ve ever been given by an instructor?

Practice at home and not just at the school and (work on) conditioning.


What’s a lesson you’ve learned through martial arts?

Training doesn’t get easier, but you get stronger.


How old were you when you got your black belt? How did you feel when you got it?

(I was) 10 I think. I was excited. I couldn’t wait to take classes to learn my new form.


What does it take to become an assistant instructor?

You have to show that you really want it. You have to help classes … not just take your class. You have to know the material they’re doing. You have to know how to help (other students) properly … and then you have to try to stand out in a positive way to your instructors.


What do you like to do outside of the karate classroom? What are your hobbies?

I like to go tricking. … (It’s) like doing different types of flips. I like going to Top Golf. I like just relaxing at my house playing some video games.



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