Taekwondo is a serious, disciplined, traditional Korean sport, but thereís nothing wrong with a good game of dodge ball every now and again. Youíll find both at Montyís house of discipline, a.k.a. Hinesburg Blue Wave Taekwondo.
Hinesburg Blue Wave Taekwondo began offering traditional Taekwondo classes and opened an after school program in March of 2005. There are currently 25 students enrolled with eight black belt students participating. Ages range from five to over fifty.
Since "dojang" is actually the Korean word for "house of discipline" Mr. Peter Monty takes full advantage of the term by giving out plenty of push-ups when needed, but youíll also find him laughing and having a whole lot of fun with his family and students after class.
The Monty family, Peter (center), Lynn (right), Jacob (left) and Jamie (front), began training in Taekwondo together in 2000 to maintain and increase family togetherness. Peter and Lynn married in 1992. They persevered under Master Gordon White, head instructor at Burlington Blue Wave Taekwondo, and are now a family of black belts who own Hinesburg Blue Wave Taekwondo in the heart of Hinesburg. They still train weekly under Master White.
"I not only saw how the participation in Taekwondo helped my own family grow and mature, but I saw first-hand how the other families and individuals that trained under Master White were benefitting, too," Peter Monty said. "There really arenít words to express what the Blue Wave Association has done for so many of us. Itís an extended family that just makes us happy and keeps us healthy."
To increase the number of people who could benefit from the sport the Monty family opened their own gym in Hinesburg at the request of area families who wanted to join and have convenient access to classes. The lack of after school care in Hinesburg prompted the Montyís to add an after school program as well.
Third degree black belt Mr. Peter Monty is an instructor with a passion for the sport. He has competed annually, regionally and nationally, since 2002. Through dedication to his students and to the Blue Wave Association, he has become an exemplary role model in the Hinesburg community and are teaching others to be as well.