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October 21, 2014 • Headlines

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This picture was taken of Jerry Taylor, back row, fourth from left, in South Korea after the 8th degree test. He was the only American testing that day. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Grand Master
Osgood instructor earns 8th degree belt

Cathy May

Jerry Taylor is now a Grand Master. Recently the Osgood resident traveled to Korea, to the world headquarters of Tae Kwon Do at Kukkiwon, to take the test to become an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art which combines combat and self-defense techniques with sport and exercise.

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Pictured left, Jerry Taylor was recognized by his instructor Grand Master Yum S. Ko in Columbus, his first student to reach 8th degree Grand Master level.

In Tae Kwon Do a student wears a uniform tied with a belt. The belt color indicates the student’s rank. In general, the darker the color the higher the rank. For example, everyone starts with a white belt and then goes through promotion tests to rise in rank to yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, red and temporary black. Once a black belt, it becomes a matter of degrees, 1st degree to 10th degree, although 10th degree is mostly rewarded as a memorial after death. Taylor will now have to wait nine years before he can take the test for his 9th degree black belt. Taylor became interested in Tae Kwon Do when he was 22. He traveled to Columbus, Indiana, to take lessons from You Sam Ko at Ko’s Martial Arts. His instructor is now 74 years old and still teaches. Taylor went to Columbus and had his former instructor present him with his 8th degree certification.

When asked why he became interested in Tae Kwon Do, Taylor grinned and said, “I had a real bad temper, a juvenile delinquent. Tae Kwon Do changed my attitude and made me a better person. I worked the “bag” and let go of my aggressions. I grew up in Delaware, Indiana, and was always getting picked on and beat up. When I started Tae Kwon Do I had eight names on a Blacklist I wanted to get even with. After becoming involved in Tae Kwon Do, I tore up the list. It was no longer important.”

Jerry Taylor makes his living teaching Tae Kwon Do these days. He teaches 20 classes a week between his Osgood and Madison locations. He has kid classes and family classes where the entire family can learn together. “It’s unique,” said Taylor. “There’s not many sports where an entire family can participate together.” He has students ranging from 5 years of age to 76.

Taylor and his family moved from Delaware to Osgood and he graduated from Jac-Cen-Del in 1975. His mother Edna still lives here. Taylor has two children, Denver, age 23, who has his 4th degree black belt and helps his dad teach Tae Kwon Do classes. Denver lives in Madison. His daughter Sabrina is 21, lives in Greenwood, and attends Ivy Tech hoping to become a registered nurse.

At 57, Jerry Taylor looks forward to 2023. That’s when he can test for his 9th degree black belt. Tae Kwon Do has made a difference in his life, in fact it is his life. Taylor’s Tae Kwon Do studios are located at 127 Buckeye Street in Osgood and 700 Craigmont Street in Madison.

Fall foliage about to peak

Mary Mattingly

Take a look, or better, take a photo of the fall foliage in the area because it could be reaching its peak. The Farmer’s Almanac lists Indiana’s peak fall foliage season for northern Indiana as Oct. 5-21 and for southern Indiana Oct. 12-28. Ohio’s is Oct. 5-21, western Kentucky’s is Oct. 12-28 and eastern Kentucky, Oct. 5-21.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the rain this summer will help the colors. The Old Farmer’s Almanac and the Farmers’ Almanac are the two oldest weather reference guides in the United States. The Old Farmer’s Almanac bases its predictions on study of sunspots and other solar activity; climatology, the study of historic weather patterns; and meteorology, the study of the atmosphere. The Farmers’ Almanac bases its predictions on a secret mathematical and astronomical formula, including sunspot activity, lunar cycles, planetary position and many other factors. According to a foliage map on the Weather Channel website, Indiana has “patchy” foliage, meaning 10 to 50 percent is green; however, north of Cincinnati the foliage is peaking.

Some top state parks in Indiana to view the leaves are not far from here. For one, Versailles State Park is showing a lot of colors from the hardwood trees. They have a lot of regional visitors at this time, particularly with school fall break. The staff said they often get calls inquiring about the colors of leaves and the temperatures. The Department of Natural Resources Community and Urban Forestry Coordinator Carrie Tauscher says fall color display is right on schedule.  She says sycamores, cottonwoods and sweetgums are already changing colors.  She adds that sugar maples and oak trees will come into full color between now and early November.  In southern Indiana conditions are different. Tauscher said less rain earlier in the season has resulted in drier soils accelerating and slightly diminishing the color change. Nonetheless, tourists and communities that depend on leaf viewing shouldn’t worry. The fall color each year is something different and special, she said. “They’re still going to have nice color,” Tauscher said. “Madison and other communities that promote tourism will still be beautiful.”

One of the top foliage spots is the state’s largest park and not far from here, Brown County State Park, just past Columbus, Indiana, on SR 46, was listed as the best place to view leaves. Second spot was at Indiana Dunes State Park and third was in nearby Madison at Clifty Falls State Park. Bloomington was cited as a good spot to see foliage; however, many may discover they can look out their window or drive on a nearby county road for a few miles and experience the same beauty.

The Farmers Almanac is also predicting a wicked winter, with several heavy snowstorms, but at least no predictions of last year’s infamous polar vortex returning. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been published continually since 1792, and the Farmers’ Almanac came around 26 years later in 1818.

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