Remembering Master Joe Nawrozki

(1944-2014)

Remembering Master Joe Nawrozki: fifth-dan, World Taekwondo Federation in Seoul, Korea...recommended for seventh dan. Master Joe has trained, competed, coached and taught taekwondo for a major portion of his life...graduate of Baltimore City College H.S., attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore and studied at Columbia University in NYC... began journalism career at age 18, Baltimore News American, covering sports...army draftee, served as a sergeant/military correspondent attached to the ROK Tiger Division in Vietnam and was decorated for civil affairs missions in contested villages and hamlets.... began taekwondo training with the ROK's in Vietnam...student under three separate Korean masters and grandmasters, he valued their insights into the physical and spiritual aspects of the art and sport. His teaching experience has a broad range: various governmental agencies...the Maryland School for the Blind... women and children street survival skills...trained and coached Jarrettsville students who earned gold, silver and bronze medals at the Maryland state championships and U.S. Taekwondo National Junior Olympics. He was an award-winning journalist with the Baltimore News American and Baltimore Sun...also, Maryland correspondent for New Times Magazine...mentored college journalism students. In 1976, Master Joe was one of six Vietnam combat veterans selected nationally by No Greater Love for achievements in the combat zone and civilian life -- presented at the White House by President Gerald R. Ford and on Capitol Hill. Master Joe served on the board of the Maryland Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program that helped create hundreds of jobs for vets, better understanding of PTSD...during a lengthy newspaper strike, was on staff as an intake counselor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital methadone clinic in East Baltimore..basic language/ Korean, Vietnamese, Latin...currently, a volunteer writing coach, has worked with the homeless and at-risk young adults...vast real-world experience with first aid/CPR/sports medicine...employs challenging -- yet safe -- training methods and contemporary sports equipment for his students..a dedicated life-long learner, other interests include reading and Eastern philosophy.