Melissa Barrow


Melissa Barrow

Objective

Without being challenged, we cannot grow. Every day studying or teaching martial arts is a challenge, therefore, we continue to grow.

History

  • 2002: Began the study of Tae Kwon Do / Tang Soo Do under Master John W. Rankin and Master Doug O’Hara at the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts in Lakewood
  • 2004: Began teaching at the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts
  • 2005: Awarded the rank of 1st degree black belt by Master John Rankin and the Moo Duk Kwon Association
  • 2008: Studied jujitsu and mixed martial arts
  • 2010: Awarded the rank of 2nd degree black belt by Grand Master John Rankin and the Moo Duk Kwon Association
  • 2013: Awarded the rank of 3rd degree black belt by Grand Master John Rankin and the Moo Duk Kwon Association
  • 2017: Awarded the rank of 4th degree black belt by Grand Master John Rankin and the Moo Duk Kwon Association

Credo

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee

FORMS*
Weapon Forms* (Coming soon!)

*Advanced forms are only available to black belts