Get to know Dan Barrow

Dan Barrow being silly

Like Mrs Barrow, Mr Barrow has been studying under Grand Master Rankin and the Mountain Academy of Martial Arts Lakewood for over a decade. Known for his sarcastic wit, and his long legged kicks, Mr Barrow tends to leave an impression. Although he doesn’t think of himself as such, he is certainly a popular role model for our students. This is most evident in his students that have picked up some of his more subtle quirks like creating bone density in the balls of his feet to some of his fighting mannerisms. The positive impact he has on his students is obvious  and we are happy to have him as part of the Mountain Academy family.

1. What got you into Tae Kwon Do?

I’ve always wanted to get into martial arts, ever since I was a kid and watched things like TMNT, the Karate Kid and cheesy ninja movies. Shortly after my wife (some of you may know her) graduated with one of her many degrees she decided she had too much time on her hands and sought out the TKD classes at the link. I came and watched for about a month and decided that I wanted to join too.

2. What’s your favorite thing about Tae Kwon Do?

It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing, the precision of the techniques, the art of the forms, the confidence it gives you, etc. Mostly I love the family I have developed.

3. Have you studied any other martial arts?

Yes, I attended the Shao Lin Kung Fu school in Wheatridge for about nine months, and would have liked to continued but life and TKD got in the way. I have studied but not ranked in Boxing, Juijitzu, Aikido and Muay Thai. I would really like to get back into another style…

4. What do you do when you’re not doing Tae Kwon Do?

I have lots of loves in my life from motorcycling and wrenching on them to being an aspiring writer. TKD is what I do to feed my soul, to feed my wallet I currently work as a student adviser.

5. What aspect of Tae Kwon Do do you struggle with the most?

Advanced sparring, I feel as though I should be doing considerably better against people of my own rank.

6. What’s your favorite weapon and why?

While I do enjoy every weapon I would say my favorite is the Katana, its history and elegance is unmatched.

7. Favorite technique and why?

Anyone who’s sparred me will probably attest that it’s the front leg round kick. It’s exceedingly fast and I can generally whip it up under someone’s guard.

8. How has Tae Kwon Do changed you?

I would say it has given me more confidence.

9. What would you tell someone just starting out in martial arts?

You have to allow martial arts to change your life. If you want a black belt or any number of degrees you can’t just look at it as a hobby. If you only come to class once a week and allow everything else to take precedence then you will never make it. You have to have a relationship with your style, allow it to become part of your life.

10. What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I still play with Legos… Mrs. Barrow even got me a Lego X-Wing for my bday!

11. Favorite Form?

Any of the Niahanji’s. The ability to create power in such small techniques is very challenging but it looks great when accomplished.

12. Favorite Place?

City: London. I think London was one of the best places I’ve ever been, the “tube” made the whole city accessible and the history combined with friendly people made our stay there one of the best. nonspecific place: Ocean. I would love to live near the ocean and had I not settled into this life I’m sure I would have. Living on a house boat sounds like heaven.

13. Favorite Book or Author?

Book: Neurmancer by William Gibson. Author: Stephen King.

14. Favorite Quote?

“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

15. Favorite Food?

Comfort food: Pizza. Extravagance: Sushi

16. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

Mudpie… coffee and oreos!!!

17. Favorite super hero?

Batman! Shows you what someone with an undying determination (and a ridiculously large bank account) can do! The realism of the character is what appeals to me, he’s not some spider bitten alien mutant or some other highly unlikely concept, he’s a man with an over developed sense of vengeance and a very long memory.

18. What hobbies do you have?

Motorcycle customization, video games, aquariums

19. Dream Vehicle?

Motorcycle: Jesse James/West Coast Choppers El Diablo
Classic: 49 Mercury with a chopped roof and lots of blasting power under the hood.
Lux: 63 Linkoln with the suicide doors.

20. Pets or Kids?

3 large dogs & countless fish

21. Dream vacation?

a year long around the world cruise (as long as there’s no catastrophic issues like you’ve been hearing about in the news lately!)

22. What did you/do you want to be when you grow up?

Awe, what do you mean I have to grow up? 😉 When I was a kid I wanted to be the typical gamut of things ranging from Astronaut to top chef. I think I spent the longest wanting to be the astronaut, when I was about 10 my family went on a trip to Florida and we saw Cape Kennedy and I made my mother buy me all sorts of mission patches from NASA and even a space shuttle operations manual. (thanks ma!)

23. What do you want to learn?

all the secrets of the universe….

24. Ninjas or Pirates?

When we were in Iceland they had some tourist shirts that had this on it: “Vikings eat Ninjas and @#$% Pirates”

25. What can’t you live without?


26. Who or what inspires you?

People who overcome having a disability. I’ve tried for several minutes to put into words why and how, but I just can’t.

27. What superpowers would you have?

Mind control. (muh ha haa haa ah!)

28. Favorite TV show?

Sons of Anarchy!

29. Star Wars or Star Trek?

May the force be with you!