Lessons Life Has Taught Me



Here are a few things I’ve learned in life:

Never Let Anyone Tell You You Can’t Do Something

If you have the ability, drive, and desire to accomplish a goal, I’m here to tell you you can do it.

I picked up the trumpet in high school, earned a scholarship to Berklee, and played professionally in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I’ve also earned my 7th degree black belt and have operated my Tae Kwon-Do school for the past 20 years.

If you focus and set your mind to do it, you can accomplish anything.

Learn To Do Things Yourself

 I always appreciate the help of others and I will delegate, but I think it’s important a person is self-sufficient.

Tech guys always just want to do things for me because it’s easier and I’m like no, show me how to do it and I’ll never ask you again.

You never want to completely rely on another person.

Don’t Take Life For Granted

At age 7 I loss my father. At 14 I loss my step-father. I learned how precious life is at an early age.

My mom died unexpectedly at 68. The morning before she died she called and asked me to come by and see her. It would have been a hassle so I told her I’d do it after work. But all morning it was driving me crazy, so I opened up my schedule, called her back, and told her I’d be right over. She was so happy and said she’d make me lunch. That was the last time I spoke with her.

Spend time with your parents and relatives. Talk with them. Honor them. You may not always agree with them, but you should respect them.

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

I don’t know who originally came up with this phrase, but they couldn’t be more accurate.

When I played trumpet, I met some people that didn’t appear they knew anything about music, until I heard them play and was blown away by their skills.

In Tae Kwon-Do, you never judge a person by their stature. I’ve seen small, little guys that looked like they couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag. Turned out that they were incredible fighters and very dangerous.

Remember, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Be A Good Person

Always take the high road. Never sink down to another person’s level to get back at them or compete with them in a negative way.

If somebody is doing the wrong thing don’t do it. If somebody is saying the wrong things don’t repeat them.

Even if you’ve been wronged, just let it go. Your kindness will return back to you ten fold.


Master Gorino’s Tae Kwon-Do offers a trial program for individuals and families in Buffalo, NY and the surrounding areas that allows you to get a feel for the different classes, meet our instructors, and experience our dojang. It’s a great way to see if Tae Kwon-Do is right for you. To learn more or to sign up, register online or call (716) 836-KICK (5425) and a member of our team will follow up with you on next steps. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Pil-Sung!


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