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Beyond the Game: Mother, son inspire each other to earn third degree black belts

BTG - Taekwondo family (KATV photo)

For the Schultz family from Titusville, Florida, taekwondo is a family affair.

Both Stephen Schultz and his mom Alice are in town competing at the ATA World Expo. Both have third degree black belts.

"In first grade, my husband and I thought that this would be a good opportunity for him to help him focus in school," Alice said.

She soon decided to try taekwondo for herself.

"I really learned to like it.

"I always felt really refreshed because I had focused only on the taekwondo training, and not work, bills or anything else."

It took Stephen, 20, some time to warm up to the idea.

"At first, it was kind of interesting to have my mom train with me," he said. "But really, it's been more motivating to have my mom do it with me because when I do something, I feel pretty good about it. But then when I see my mom can do it, it's like, 'oh man, I need to step up my game.'"

Some children may look at taekwondo as a passion that permits time away from parents. Not in this family. Stephen said his mom inspires him, and the feeling is mutual.

"When I tested for my black belt, one of my instructors asked me what I most wanted. I said, 'for my son to respect me.' And she assured me that he already did," Alice said.

"It's wonderful to go from your first grader through your high schooler and into college, to be able to have something in common."

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