Achieving Black Belt status in Taekwondo is no easy feat, often taking years mainly due to the rigorous training involved in this Olympic-style sparring sport. Prosper resident Vincent Stiles, who trains at NTA Frisco with Master Chris Adamson, began his quest for Black Belt in 2011 and after countless hours of training in the gym, finally accomplished this goal.

During his journey, Stiles has learned to embrace the five core beliefs and codes of conduct known as tenets: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and an indomitable spirit.

In addition to these five tenets, he has also learned many valuable life-lessons including patience, dedication, intuition, maturity, the ability to overcome fear as well as resisting the temptation to give up. In the world of Taekwondo it is said that, “A black belt is a white belt who never gave up.” This line rings true as Stiles said there were many times he didn’t feel like moving forward, but with the help of his coaches Master Chris Adamson, Master Michel Grant, Nick Jones, Jared and Josh Elliott, he finally achieved his goal. In fact, it was only one week later that Stiles entered his first TKD tournament as a black belt and celebrated his first victory with a gold medal in sparring and a silver medal in Poomsae, also known as forms.

His next goal? Maybe the Olympics.