Jason Colson originally studied under Grand Master Rankin in his youth. Like many do, he went on a different path from martial arts, but as an adult, he made the difficult decision to take martial arts back up and rejoined Mountain Academy of Martial Arts. In many ways, coming back to after you’ve had years to forget everything you learned is much more difficult than starting as a beginner. But Mr. Colson stuck with it and earned his 2nd Dan before developing a Kinder Kicks class at MAMA Lakewood, and eventually opening his own school, Mountain Academy of Martial Arts Littleton. Mr. Colson brings plenty of excitement and new ideas to the school, and we are very proud of everything he has accomplished.
1. What got you into taekwondo?
I originally began studying taekwondo because we moved to the mountains when I was eight and my parents thought it would be a good activity for me to stay out of trouble? I think it may have helped…….
2. What’s your favorite thing about taekwondo?
At first I loved the forms and excelled at that, then I grew to love sparring, now I love the kinderkix kids.
3. Have you studied any other martial arts?
I have been studying tai chi for four years, and I have also studied kempo karate.
4. What do you do when you’re not doing taekwondo?
I enjoyed motorcycles, race cars and snowboarding.
5. What aspect of taekwondo have you struggled most with?
I obviously struggle most with other strong personalities of my peers, but it has taught me a lot about myself and my own character flaws.
6. Favorite weapon and why?
I have always been attracted to the sword form because of its strong tradition and watching grand master Rankin’s passion for it.
7. Favorite technique and why?
I love throat attacks and kicks directed at the side of the knee.
8. How has taekwondo changed you?
In high school I was a black belt and a lot of my peers wanted to prove themselves by taking me on. Taekwondo helped me realize self control and preservation were more important than ego.
9. What would you tell someone just starting out in martial arts?
This is not intended to boost your ego, on the contrary taekwondo has taught me humility.
10. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
Ultimately I am more scared of hurting someone than being hurt myself.
11. Favorite form?
12. Favorite place?
watching my son skateboard.
13. Favorite book/author?
I loved zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance. By Robert M. Pirsig I also like Tom Robbins and David Sedaris and Augustus Burroughs.
14. Favorite movie or tv show?
law and order criminal intent, and the big lebowski
15. Favorite quote?
dream as though you will live forever, live as though you will die tomorrow. James dean
16. Favorite season?
17. Favorite food?
18. Favorite ice cream flavor?
19. Favorite super hero?
Wolverine and ghost rider
20. What hobbies do you have?
snowbording, skateboarding fast cars and motorcycles
21. What aspect are you working on?
Not being so controlling and bossy
22. Dream vehicle?
23. Pets and/or kids?
Sheila the pit bull and Ronan the dirt ball
24. Dream vacation?
surfing on a remote part of Australia
25. What did/do you want to be when you grow up?
26. What do you want to learn?
27. Vampires, werewolves, or zombies?
28. Ninjas or pirates?
29. What can’t you live without?
30. Star Wars or Star Trek?
32. Who or what inspires you?
anonymous acts of kindness by total strangers
33. One thing you wish you were better at?
working with others
34. One thing you wish people knew about you?
How sensitive I really am
35. What super power would you want to have?
the ability to take the pain of those suffering!