- January 11, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Probably the tournaments and competing.
This year, I took a break, but last year, I competed for (American Taekwondo Association) Worlds (Championship). I got second place.
Sometimes it can be stressful, like for the Worlds competition … (but) it’s a fun experience.
Practice at home and not just at the school and (work on) conditioning.
Training doesn’t get easier, but you get stronger.
(I was) 10 I think. I was excited. I couldn’t wait to take classes to learn my new form.
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.
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.