Master Noly celebrates 15 years on Guam – The Guam Daily Post

For over a decade and a half, Master Noly Caluag, has provided Guam with its highest level of Taekwondo training and sees his sport’s future shining as brightly as ever. Having trained in Manila, New York, California and Guam, Master Noly’s four decades of experience has helped the young and old alike learn the martial art form from a true master, raising experience levels, instilling confidence and keeping his island fit. “My vast experience enabled me to develop a unique martial art and fitness program,” said Master Noly.

For Master Noly, who is a 5th-degree black belt, former Philippine middleweight champion, Taekwondo Sports Hall of Famer, and the list goes on, and has hosted and taken part in tournaments all over the world, shared what he feels is his greatest achievement in the sport. And, it’s not hoisting trophies above his head and hearing crowds cheering him on, rather, it’s helping children reach their full potential by seeing them become respectful, fit little people, and honorable adults. “Perhaps one of my greatest accomplishments has been seeing the results of my hard work,” said Caluag. “Parents have been telling me how their children are more confident and getting better grades and having more friends.

To date, he has introduced his sport to an incredible 1 percent of Guam’s total population, an impressive statistic for any sport to boast, but especially for a small-market martial art-form like Taekwondo. Caluag, and his Taekwondo Center have not only endured on Guam, but have thrived, in part because of the popular tournament he hosts at the Micronesia Mall’s center court and also because of the fact that he listens to his students and their parents. “We pioneered mass exhibitions and islandwide tournaments at the Micronesia Mall, which spread awareness in the community. Upgrading my skills, plus listening to parents and children also helped a lot,” said Caluag.

With his wife, Malu, at his side, along with their three children, Jed, Michelle and Stephanie, Master Noly sees Guam’s Taekwondo future as a bright beacon of inspiration and a necessity for helping kids cope with and resolve schoolyard bullying, as well as as antidote to the island’s huge obesity problem. “For the world to become a better place, the change will have to come from within. Teaching good values to our children will make that happen,” said Caluag.

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