TKD Tuesday Highlights Marie Lausten
Happy 2017!! Yang Masters United Taekwondo Center of Paola is pleased to feature Marie Lausten in the first edition of TKD Tuesday. Marie has been part of the Yang Masters family since 2014 and is truly an amazing woman!! Marie was working as a Direct Support Professional for Lakemary Center and first became acquainted with Yang Masters while supporting individuals with disabilities as they participated in martial arts classes. It wasn’t long before Marie made the decision to start making the 40 minute commute to take classes herself, thus beginning her journey towards improving her personal wellness and achieving her first degree black belt. In addition to being a regular student, Marie has taken the initiative to become a Student Leader and does an excellent job with this important role. In 2016, Marie participated in several tournaments and took First Place in the Oklahoma State Championship for her division in sparring, thus making her eligible to compete in Nationals. Outside of the dojang, Marie’s accomplishments are even more impressive and she and her spouse are foster parents to three children, including a young lady who has significant special needs. She has also taken on the responsibility as the primary caregiver for her mother, who has experienced health challenges after the loss of Marie’s father.