Biography of Learning

"One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." - Pablo Picasso.

This portion of the KTA website will explore the subject of Korean archery, and how the lessons I took embody relevant issues surrounding the nature of teachers and teaching.

This page is entirely dedicated to my work at the university of Calgary's department of education and teacher preparation, and will help me fulfill my professional development research.

My experience in learning Korean Traditional Archery was made possible only with the help of my teacher, Mr. Jaewoong Jeong . It is only because of his patience and knowledge as a skilled archer and teacher that I was able to learn this unique style of archery and become successful as a competitive archer during my time in Gangneung city, Korea.

Describing our relationship in broad terms, I can say that I met Mr. Jeong through a mutual friend, which is indicative of most new friendships in east asian culture. Having a 'middle person' to introduce two unknown parties is commonplace, and allows both people to avoid the awkwardness of first time meetings, uncomfortable introductions, and any social faux pas that could easily be made from not knowing enough about the other person. A 'middle person' is expected to explain any special ground rules to the junior person, (in this case, me, regarding how I should treat the other.) Coinciding this is the nature of Mr. Jeong himself, who comes from a well-respected and well-educated family in the city. His name is well known in the sports community, his father being a national level soccer player, as well as Mr. Jeong having a great deal of experience and skill in the arts community. His demeanor and education give Mr. Jeong the opportunity to comfortably adapt to people from foreign cultures, and in this way, he was willing to risk trying to teach me the sport of archery.