Mrs. April Pettengill is an ITF Taekwondo practitioner & school owner from Northern Vermont who started training later in life.
Mrs. April Pettengill – Episode 143
The whole idea that you learn in martial arts, that you have integrity, and you do what you have to do and take responsibility for that, that…that’s a big deal.
Mrs. April Pettengill is not our typical guest. While she’s a passionate martial artist, like everyone that comes on the show, she’s not a lifelong practitioner. In her own words, she came to taekwondo later in life and originally didn’t think it was for her. As time passed she realized that she’d found her calling, eventually taking over her instructor’s school. She now teaches adults and children and seems to enjoy every minute of it.
Today’s product of note is our super-comfy sweatpants – Cloud9. Check ’em out!
Books – From Creation to Unification: The Complete Histories Behind the Ch’ang Hon (ITF) Patterns, The Little Book of Talent, The Talent Code
During the episode, we talk about Ming-Na Wen, who currently plays Melinda May on Marvels Agents of Shield, but might be more familiar to listeners as Chun-Li from the movie Street Fighter. We also chat about her early foray into Judo, how she ended up as a taekwondo student and then school owner, and her thoughts on martial arts competition.
As a fun aside, I took a quick look through the blog at Arrowhead Martial Arts & Fitness, and while it hasn’t been updated in a little bit, the top post was a reference to past guest and friend of the show, Sensei Andrea Harkins. It’s a small world we live in as martial artists. 🙂