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Local martial arts master finds fulfillment in refereeing


Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

Dan Rogers has found his passion as an international Taekwondo referee. Photo submitted

By Hannah Wingert

“I was just looking for something else to do after wrestling ended,” remembers Dan Rogers. He had just finished his wrestling career in college and wanted to replace it with something else while he completed his undergrad in Sports and Educational Psychology. Several of his friends at the time were taking Taekwondo classes at the Iowa State University club, and so he decided to check it out.

All it took was that one class on January 15, 1993, and Rogers was hooked. It didn’t take him long to get to where he was auditing Taekwondo classes in the morning and practicing three times a week in the evenings. By April 1995, he had received his first black belt in the sport.

The following year, he moved to Korea, the homeland of Taekwondo, to teach English classes at a university there. “I knew I was interested in working overseas. Taekwondo just steered me to Korea,” Rogers noted. “While I was there, I spent just as much time practicing Taekwondo as I did teaching at the university.” Rogers would spend the next two years in Korea practicing 2-3 hours a day for up to six days a week.

When Rogers returned to the states, he bought a house near Granger where he still lives. He taught Taekwondo classes at the Cresco Fitness Center in Cresco, Iowa and the school in Harmony before going back to Korea in 2001, where he lived for the next two years, continuing to teach English. However, he soon found that the Taekwondo club at the university where he taught was not challenging enough for him. “I actually ended up teaching the teachers there,” Rogers laughed.

In 2003, Rogers moved back to the states again, but not to his house. “A friend from college needed me to house sit in Ames, Iowa, for six months while he started a Taekwondo program in California.” he said. At the end of the six months, when Rogers’ friend moved on, he recommended Rogers to the parents of his students and staff at the studio. They asked Rogers to take over the program. He accepted the invitation and moved to California, where he taught an after-school Taekwondo program at his studio, Okada Martial Arts, until 2012. During that time, he began refereeing events and became a national referee. He quickly climbed the ranks and was made an international referee by the World Taekwondo Federation after attending a special training in Egypt in 2004.

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