Meijer State Games of Michigan Athlete Spotlight

Zeb Brown, Tae Kwon Do

By: Jesse Campbell


Zeb Brown is not your typical eight-year-old. Zeb has already been awarded one gold medal in just two years of Tae Kwon Do competition after winning the award at the Tae Park World Class TKD Championship tournament this past year. As Zeb continues his Tae Kwon Do career, he has proven to be more than just an exceptional athlete.

Zeb’s instructor Mr. Jason Berciunas had this to say about the eight-year-old athlete, “Zeb has been an asset to me and other students as he is very dedicated and eager to learn new things and share with other students what he has learned. Zeb is a perfectionist. He has to make sure everything is just right. That’s what makes Zeb an exceptional student and mentor to others.”

Being a perfectionist has helped not only Zeb grow in the sport of Tae Kwon Do, but his cousin Emerie has learned from Zeb’s perfectionism as well. Emerie and Zeb participate in Tae Kwon Do class together where Zeb enjoys being a leader and helping his younger cousin grow and enjoy the experience. As Zeb said, “I cheer for others and help them get better when I can.”

Zeb is now preparing to compete in his first Meijer State Games of Michigan Summer Games Event. Zeb has been told that the Meijer State Games is “an experience I will never forget,” so he looks forward to participating to really hone in on his skills of board breaking, sparring, and form.

He hopes that the Meijer State Games of Michigan will help him get the practice to get past a blue belt one day so that he can be a higher belt than his father who got him started in the sport. Zeb eventually wants to reach a black belt just like his instructor Jason Berciunas.   

Along with Tae Kwon Do, Zeb enjoys many other activities. He is a true outdoorsman that enjoys playing baseball, going fishing, and swimming along with Tae Kwon Do. Zeb also likes to keep his mind strong by writing books and playing the piano. The career goals for Zeb are to one day be a black belt in Tae Kwon Do along with playing baseball for his hometown West Michigan Whitecaps.

Despite being just eight years of age, Zeb has three important things that he believes everyone should know about Tae Kwon Do:

1. It is never to be used on someone, unless it is for self defense

Zeb understands that Tae Kwon Do is a very powerful and dangerous art that he is learning. He wants everyone to know that it is not meant to be used as a weapon though. Tae Kwon Do is a form of exercise that can be used to defend yourself, but not as a form of attack.

2. It is more than kicking and punching

Zeb states that Tae Kwon Do “teaches you focus, self-discipline, and respect.” Although Zeb enjoys practicing his board breaking, he understands that kicking and punching boards is not the purpose of Tae Kwon Do. Zeb believes that Tae Kwon Do an excellent way for all people to get involved in improving their focus.

3. It is a Korean martial art

People often confuse the origin of Tae Kwon Do. The practice came from Korea and learning about the history of the sport is a major step in being able to master it according to Zeb.
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