Mr. Capon was a student of Grandmaster Orange back in the 90’s – 2000’s when GMO had the school in Chula Vista. Mr. Capon often tells his son, who is a Sidekicks student, how strict GMO used to be. In other words, the grandmaster has softened up a bit on the kids. He’s less formal and rigid than he previously was.
Q: Why did you start Martial Arts?
A: I started Taekwondo for self defense.
Q: How old were you when you started?
A: About 9 years old.
Q: How did you meet GMO?
A: GMO or Mr. Orange, as I call him, was a 3rd degree black belt when I first met him. His first school was called American Taekwondo Association. It was located at E. Plaza Blvd. right next to Yum Yum Donuts. We later moved locations in the same strip mall. Mr. Orange was very strict and had a military-style of teaching. He was the only instructor for the school with an average of 50 students per class.
During that time, my fellow students were disciplined. We were all very good at our Taekwondo skills. Our school had a reputation for being tough. It’s students were the best competitors in Taekwondo tournaments.
Q: What’s your favorite move?
A: My favorite move is the butterfly kick.
Q: Which belt level are you now?
A: When I was in high school, I reached the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt. Afterwards, I stopped going to Taekwondo. I moved further from the Taekwondo school and was preparing to go to college at University of California Irvine. I graduated and went on to law school to get a law degree. I worked both in the legal and real estate field for many years. I’m currently focusing on my real estate career as a realtor and loan originator. However, I still put on my taekwondo uniform and get in the car, to come help out in my son’s Sidekicks class. I returned to Mr. Orange in 2015 because I wanted him to teach my son what I learned from him decades before. I want my son to learn from the BEST!