David started learning Taekwon-Do as a young boy of maybe 8 or 9 being taught by his father Mr D.G.Anderson, one of the servicemen that helped introduce the UKTA/ITF to the UK.
In his school days he was clear that his Taekwon-Do training definitely increased his confidence and gave him a reputation as someone who didn’t tolerate threats from bullies or would allow bullying to happen in his presence (sounds a little like what Gen. Choi had in mind, huh?).
In his twenties, Mr. Anderson was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Not knowing anything at all about MS he had no idea of how he would be affected and so he just ignored it and pushed through. He was living his life to the fullest, running, weight training, stamina training and all geared towards his love of Taekwon-Do. Not to mention training with and teaching others the art that he has studied for over 40 years.
Then in his mid forties his symptoms worsened. He developed difficulties kicking and walking, and was soon after diagnosed with spinal stenosis.
An operation helped (which he delayed until after a competition he had organized) and he got straight back into teaching and training – only slightly less than before. Then came a total left hip replacement and another spinal stenosis surgery.
Nothing was helping and he was left in a position where he wasn’t getting better, but worse.
Today, in the 20+ years since his diagnosis with MS, he believes that his dedication to training in Taekwon-Do kept this monster (MS) at bay, but now that he can no longer do what he loves. The symptoms and complications from the MS have started getting a hold of him.
He continues to keep Taekwon-Do in his life by creating jewelry and artifacts for discerning martial artists. He teamed up with a good friend (and now partner) Dee Frost, a Silversmith from Cornwall, UK.
Together, they are producing handmade items of silver jewelry and other items in Copper, Bronze and Aluminum utilizing Taekwon-Do and martial arts themes. They work from a combined workshop and everything they make is individually customized to each customer’s specific requirements.
You can even get pieces with you own school or organization’s logo!
Please check out David’s jewelry at http://www.tkdjewellery.com/
David is also one of the founding members of the International TKD Council.
About the Author:
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com