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JR Grandmaster Dennis (Nate) Hager

We make choices in life that affects everyone around. This can be good or very bad, but the choices are our own. At first our choices turn in to a way of life that we hide from friends, family and anybody else that could disrupt it. You go through life as two people, or one person with two different life styles. It is very hard to manage and the outcome is very ugly and painful. I still don’t understand the thought process behind such thinking and probably never will. People say it’s a disease, clinic, Metal I don’t know. 
I’ve just realize recently I am part of this group of unfortunate people. I had different plans for my life, they all changed when I got introduces to Tae Kwon Do. But the bad part of my life let’s call it the disease part of my life when I was 13 or so, it’s so strange I can’t remember, but it was around that time. It will affect everything you do unless you stop it early which is almost impossible to do. I will tell you a little story my disease and Tae Kwon Do have been fighting it well for since Jan. 29 1979, long time two things to struggle against each other and it’s been really ugly. My disease was rooted in me for 7 or 8 years before Tae Kwon do was in my life. Tae Kwon Do has been a large part of my life, I just recently found out why. At first it was good exercise, great workout, teaches how to fight and just plain fun for everyone. I’ve been shown the true light.
I fell prey to my disease a few years ago and I thought I lost everything, family friends and Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do has mystical ways. I believe all the tenets of Tae Kwon Do had a lot to do with me getting better. Don’t ask me why I think so I feel it in my heart. 
You see there’s this group of black belts, and Mr. Jung have stood by me. Why I have no idea I do know they are better people than I am. To these certain group of great people, excuse me to the group of black belts and Mr. Jung. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can truly say when I grow up I want to be like all of you. 

Sincerely Dennis Hager