: On the weekend of August 13, 14, and 15th 2011, a Tae
Kwon Do outdoor training camp was conducted at Singing Hills Camp in
Franklin. Michael Wonderling, of West Spruce Street, Titusville,
completed requirements toward the level of Master in Tae Kwon Do, a 5th
degree Black Belt. Shown in the photo is Michael Wonderling splitting a
brick in mid air with a knife hand strike.
A nineteen year journey has taken a local man, Michael Wonderling, of
Titusville, to the destination of a 5th degree Black Belt: Master of Tae
In 1993, Wonderling began his Tae Kwon Do practice with a certificate
for a free Tae Kwon Do class held in Seneca, Pa., taught by Master
Donald Porta, owner of Northwest Martial Arts. Mr. Wonderling has
trained with Grand Master Donald Porta for 19 years, with additional
exposure to various other Masters, including Grand Master Choon Mo Yang,
of Columbus, Ohio.
There are 8 colored belt tests preceding the 1st degree Black Belt. All
colored and black belt tests require progressively more advanced kicks,
punches, self defense techniques, free fighting, and forms. Students are
tested for knowledge of the rules, behaviors, and history of Tae Kwon
Do, along with requirements for leading and teaching lower ranked
students. Each belt level has a different Tae Kwon Do form, (simulated
sparring) and takes years of practice to do correctly. The 5th degree
Master is proficient in 17 different forms, each comprised of 20 or more
moves, and some forms in excess of 2 minutes each.
Wonderling completed all eight colored belt rank requirements and
achieved his 1st degree black belt in June 1995, followed by his 2nd
Degree in June 1997, 3rd degree in Aug. 2000, and 4th degree in Aug. of
Wonderling has taught numerous adults and children the martial art of Tae
Kwon Do; consistently maintaining an atmosphere that promotes respect,
self discipline and leadership in each student. Tae Kwon Do creates a
structured pattern of achievement that often translates to success in
Wonderling teaches at the YMCA in Titusville and Franklin, and
periodically at the Buxton Road Do Jang in Cherry tree. To quote Mr.
Wonderling , “If it (Tae Kwon Do) was easy, everyone would do it.”Information
about the Tae Kwon Do program is available at 814-827-9416 or on the
A ceremony will be held later this month at the Buxton Road Do Jang to
recognize Wonderling’s achievement as a Master of Tae Kwon Do.
Wonderling is married to Heidi Wonderling, employed by Homerwood in
Titusville, and has been an active participant in habitat for humanity,
and various mission trips to build structures in under developed