We are honored to feature another young lady of taekwondo — our Black Belt of the month, Sachiko Moore (Sachi as we dearly call her.) To have an older brother who’s been in the limelight years ahead of you is not an easy thing, but Sachi was determined to build a name for herself to make brother RJ proud. As a member of the Fight Team, she competes from coast to coast, taking every experience she’s had from every tournament she’s been in to help her keep on improving, refining, and challenging herself.

“I’m 13 and I started taekwondo at the age of 5. My name ‘Sachiko’ means ‘happiness’ in Japanese.

This is actually Sachi’s original picture on our database.

“I like taekwondo because I like kicking and it is fun to compete.”

Tell us about a peak moment in taekwondo, one that you are especially proud of and will never forget.  “A peak moment in tkd was when I was ending my first year as a cadet because I was winning a lot. I will always remember when I got third at the US Open and was ranked #3 in my division.”

What advice would you give a white belt student who wants to be a black belt someday?“Just keep coming to practice and you will improve. If you keep to it you will get to where you want to go.”

Other than being good in taekwondo, what other accomplishments would you like to share with us?  At my school I got an award for “Student with Best Citizenship.” [This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, who display good character and give back to the school community.]

Do you have a favorite school subject and what do you like about it?  “My favorite school subject is math because I like how I can see the progress I’ve made in a problem.”

What are your three favorite things —with the first one being your very favorite?   “My favorite things are my family, friends, and my dog.”

If you were a fictional character who or what would you be and why that character?  “I would want to be Lilo from “Lilo and Stitch” because she lives in Hawaii and gets to go to the beach and swim all day long.”

 Please finish this sentence: “Most people don’t know that … . I did ballet before I did taekwondo.”

For now, Sachi does her dance recitals on the mat.

If your friends and family were to describe you, what 5 adjectives would they use? “Sweet, silly, kind, caring, and adorable (according to my brother RJ).”

Being a Black Belt, you already have virtues others admire. Would there be some other virtue you would like to acquire, and why? “I wish I was faster and I had discipline not to procrastinate.”

If there is one famous person (living or historical) whom you could spend the whole day with, who would that be and what would you talk about?  “I would want to spend the day with Billie Eilish because she is one of my favorite artist and I would want to ask her what her songs are about.”

Have you already thought about what you want to be when you’re all grown up? “When I grow up I want to live in a small house and live on the beach with my dogs. I don’t know yet what I want to do for a living.”

This is a question we  also asked your brother RJ: “What car are you getting when you’re ready to drive, Sachi?“When I can start to drive I want a Jeep. Definitely not a 1970’s truck!”

What words of wisdom can you share with other young ladies your age? “It doesn’t matter what other people think about you because you have your friends to back you up and support you.”

Lastly, tell us about your most important wish at this moment. Maybe someone who’s reading this (like Mom and Dad) can make that come true for you. “I wish that we could travel more and go to a place outside of the country like Japan, Italy, or France.”

Straight from the mouth of our Black Belt of the Month, Sachi Moore travel is in her agenda! Let’s go shopping for luggage, wardrobe… stuff, and use those reward miles for good. With all her accomplishments this year, I know this young lady deserves to see foreign land and enjoy foreign culture very, very soon.

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Don’t forget to check in next month as we interview another outstanding Black Belt. If you’re in the South Bay area, swing by Quest Taekwondo and watch these amazing athletes train. We have every taekwondo and fitness program to suit every age group and physical profile.

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