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July 16, 2008 8:00 pm

Lone Wolf students take part in two-day camp

Written by Tribune Staff

Stefanek shares extensive Taekwondo knowledge

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Dr. Kevin Stefanek (right) leads a series of drills conducted during a two-day summer mini camp last week. Among those attending the event were students from Lone Wolf Taekwondo in Powell. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Students from Lone Wolf and other Taekwondo academies enjoyed an opportunity to learn from an accomplished and highly-regarded instructor with more than 20 years of experience during a recent mini summer camp.
Dr. Kevin Stefanek of the University of Minnesota, Morris, served as one of the lead instructors for the two-day camp, which took place in Powell and at an outdoor setting in the Shoshone National Forest July 11-12.
According to Lone Wolf Master Chris Ivanoff, Stefanek has accomplished a great deal during his career in Taekwondo. He is a three-time Senior National quarterfinalist and a two-time collegiate All-American. Stefanek also has trained at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in Korea with two of the 1988 Korean Olympic coaches. He also brought with him a vast amount of Olympic-style sparring skills acquired while attending the University of California, Berkeley.
Those credentials, along with his experience and expertise in sports psychology, made his short instructional stint for area Taekwondo students the perfect opportunity to learn and improve.
“We're very fortunate to have Dr. Stefanek here to work with us,” Ivanoff said during day one of the event. “I've known him for more than 20 years, and this is a great opportunity for students to learn more and get that added mental edge which is so important in Taekwondo.”
Stefanek, throughout his presentations, focused on techniques that have helped him excel not only at Taekwondo, but life itself. Among the areas he addressed included goal setting, relaxation, self-control, mental toughness and motivation. He also talked extensively about imagery, or the state of students picturing themselves carrying out whatever task is in front of them.
“Those things can help someone prepare for a competition,” Stefanek said. “They also can be used in other aspects of one's life. A great deal of what people learn through Taekwondo can be applied in other areas of their lives, and it can help them be more successful.”
He also pointed out that using outdoor training helps aid in the learning process.
“By getting outdoors and training, it helps get back to the roots of martial arts,” Stefanek said.
For Stefanek, last week's camp was the third his helped instruct this year. He added that he usually does in the neighborhood of six such ventures annually.
Ivanoff, like Stefanek, also has accomplished a great deal in Taekwondo and offered instruction in the degrees of proficiency that relate to poomse. He also directed a number of drills, several of which were aimed at younger students who attended the camp.