Learning to find greatness

Published 6:21 pm Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Some people use books to help people understand the road to God while others use song and tradition. Chuck Lane of Jemison has chosen to teach others about their life journey through Tae Kwon Do.

Lane recently started holding Tae Kwon Do classes at the Chilton County YMCA. Through his classes, he is hoping to create paths that each child can follow into a more mature adulthood.

“Everybody has greatness in them, my goal is to show them how to find that greatness and bring it out everyday,” Land said.

Lane is a second-degree black belt himself. He said that he started out wrestling in high school and then slowly achieved his black belt standards over the years. He is still learning new things and working on becoming a third-degree black belt. He took an eight-year leave of absence from his Tae Kwon Do study and recently started back when he rededicated the Lord in his life.

“One thing that many people don’t understand is that your walk with Christ is a road of responsibility and respect that you have to travel, and people studying things like Tae Kwon Do do the same thing, we are taking a journey,” Lane said.

The new Tae Kwon Do class uses positive encouragement and respect to create an environment that kids can learn who they are inside and how to use their own energy and internal strengths to better themselves in society. In the class, they will learn traditional Tae Kwon Do forms as well as sparring and many other life lessons.

Lane has lived in Jemison for the past 18 years and is happy to bring a positive influence to young people in the county.

“I love what I do, I really enjoy getting to help these kids, and I am proud that I still have the ability to after all of these years,” Lane said. “I also really enjoy the fact that I have had so many great people to help me along the way including my family.”

Lane is the father of three boys, all of which participate in the Tae Kwon Do lessons. He is husband to Rhonda Lane, who also helps him in his class.

Lane’s Tae Kwon Do class is part of the United States Tae Kwon Do Association and is affiliated with the American Tae Kwon Do facility run by Karen Mitchell, Lane’s own teacher.

Lane will be calling his class Chilton County Tae Kwon Do, and invites children ages 6 and up to find their inner selves on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. Junior class is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and adult class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.