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Master Hwang told me if I went, then to not come back,” Jackson said. “That was like three days before I was ready to leave. I thought about it and wanted to go, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t justify that loyalty. I’m glad I didn’t, because he’s the one who sent me to Iowa to get an education and he sent me to Florida and he’s always been like my father. “The younger masters that were putting together the Olympics hands-on, they were in such opposition and political turmoil with the older guys who really set the rules. I just got caught in the wrong place at the right time or vice versa. Sometimes I think what if, by I don’t regret my decision.” “There’s room for every martial art in this town, and there’s an audience for them,” Jackson said. “They’re all doing a great job. And I’m just blessed to be here. I think this is the greatest town in the United States. We keep the culmination like a small town, we are, but I love everything about this town. I just love Stillwater and it’s always been a dream of mine. When my mother moved here about 10 years ago, and I made my mind up that I was going to come back. I’m just excited to give back to her, but Stillwater in general. It’s a great place with great people and we deserve the best of everything.” 1988 Olympics Leading up to the 1988 Olympic Games, Taekwondo was being looked at as a possible event to be added to the schedule. The main backers of making Taekwondo an Olympic sport were among the younger of the world’s masters, clashing with the older masters who held the traditional views on Taekwondo. Jackson qualified to compete in Taekwondo, yet was faced with a decision by Grandmaster Hwang. “I qualified on seven different platforms. “I have no idea what or where I would be in this life today without the constant positive role model, influence and life-lessons I’ve received consistently throughout my entire lifetime (since age 4); directly from my instructor / mentor, living legend and martial art pioneer “JACK HWANG.” - Brett Jackson Training with the stars Being a pupil of Grandmaster Hwang had its perks besides the opportunity to learn from one of the best. His prestige attracted many who wished to train with Hwang, including some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. “It’s been really one thing after another,” Jackson said. “Steven Seagal, I got a chance to train with him because of my instructor. One of his instructors and my instructor had a common bond, and The At Furniture Showcase, we are happy to offer complimentary design service. Our designers can assist you in transforming your home into a space that reflects your personal style. Call us or stop by today to make an appointment with a designer. Perfect Entry Door. Replacement • Remodeling • New Construction · Secure, strong and stable with styles to match your home. 424 S. MAIN, STILLWATER CORNER OF 5TH & MAIN 405-624-3212 16 Stillwater Style | WINTER 2018 10th & Lewis (405) 372-3242