Senpai Sylvia Deneise McDonald1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Sylvia Deneise McDonald, started Martial Arts at the tender young age of 57, earning her 1st Degree Black Belt at 60! Now at the age of 62 years old, she can be found at the dojang, five days a week, helping Sensei Ramirez shape the minds and bodies of children and adults
Mrs. Sylvia is EXTREMELY busy working out at the gym, working a full-time job and then assisting at Christian Taekwondo League every evening. She is also leading several classes, including Women’s Self-Defense, during the week.
Originally thinking she was signing up for self-defense, she discovered the world of martial arts and has been working with Sensei Ramirez ever sense. She has been known to test with broken toes, wrapped knees, and laryngitis!
After three long years, she qualified for the privilege to test for her First Degree Black Belt. After seven hours of testing, including forms, self-defense, breaking boards and sparring, she was accepted into the martial arts family.
Under the guidance of her Sensei and Grand Master, she is pursuing her Second Degree Black Belt.
She has earned several awards including:
- CTL Pilsung Award – 2016
- TKA Assistant Instructor of the Year – 2017
- CTL Assistant Instructor of the Year – 2017
- Maestro Tony’s Derobio Style of Escrima, Knife Offense and Defense, and Death Knife Drill – 2018
She will be accepting an award for Instructor of the Year at the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame Conference/Banquet – 2018