Ms. Pucciarelli earned her Black Belt under Master Kim and taught adult Tae Kwon Do with him since 2003. Her main focus is teaching breathing, qigong, and yoga workshops. Currently her role at the studio has merged with her wellness practice, Golden Sky Wellness.
Q: What inspired you to start studying martial arts?
Martial arts is something I had wanted to do since I was a little girl, but it took a while for me to seriously seek it out. As an adult, I wanted the combination of exercise, philosophy, and learning a new skill that I believed martial arts could offer. I initially began Tae Kwon Do with the intention of studying a wide range of martial arts, and although I have done a bit of that, I still go back to the learnings and techniques that I began studying on day one.
About 10 years ago my discipline shifted to a more internal aspect of not only martial arts, but one of meditation and health that led to me to study the energetic and healing practices of tai chi, qigong, Taoist yoga and meditation.
Q: How has the study of martial arts changed your life?
Martial arts has developed and enhanced my self-awareness. It continues to do so. And although I still face struggles, the training has brought me more confidence and definitely taught me a thing or two (or a million) about discipline. Realizing that a person can apply what’s learned in the Dojang to all aspects of their life has been an important lesson for me. The discipline and self-awareness that comes from basic martial arts training are amazing – you can really further yourself with that.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching martial arts?
I like making a connection with the students. I enjoy the challenge that comes with teaching people of varying physical abilities and mental strengths and weaknesses. Students come to class with all kinds of issues and expectations, it’s always a challenge to help them (and myself) overcome that and lead them to focus their minds on what they’re at the studio to learn. The harder it is to teach someone, the more I learn about what I’m teaching and about myself.
Q: What keeps you here?
The continuing pursuit to perfect my training and witness others doing the same. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, there is always some aspect of myself that I know I can work on. I never get bored with that. It’s a life-long process.