Mr. Mathiam Mbow is a 5th degree black belt in ITF (International Taekwon-do Federation) certified instructor, 4th degree black belt American Taekwon-Do. Mathiam Mbow is originally from Senegal, West Africa. He moved to the US in 1996 to attend the University of Wisconsin. He graduated from college with a degree in English.
Mr. Mbow started training in the martial arts to learn how to protect himself but soon discovered that mental strength is far more important than physical strength or skill. Mr. Mbow’s favorite martial arts memory is learning after his gold belt test that there was more to martial arts than the physical.
Mr. Mbow’s favorite weapon is the sword and his favorite tool to kick with is the heel because it can be used in two of his favorite kicks: the downward kick (also known as the ax kick) and the hook kick. Mr. Mbow loves teaching at Silver Lining Taekwon-do because of the positive energy the students bring to the floor. “It is really a humbling and rewarding experience to see the students set goals and work so hard to achieve them. Everybody at Kicks works as one team. Students and instructors support each other and help each other become better at what they do. We are truly a family and it’s awesome to be a member of it.”
Mr. Mbow loves being an instructor because he always wanted to be a teacher. He majored in English in college hoping to get a teaching job somewhere. However, he didn’t know that desire to be a teacher would mean teaching martial arts full time. “I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power and if I can help somebody achieve their goal, that’s just what I will do.” He has a unique opportunity to help people realize their full potential and build a strong moral character. Because of this, Mr. Mbow cannot think of anything else he’d rather be doing than teaching martial arts.
When Mr. Mbow is not at the Karate school, you can find him at home spending time with his wife and son. “We do just about anything. We take bike rides; play some WII bowling or basketball, movie and pizza nights. We sometimes take weekend trips to just get away for a while.”
Here is something a lot of people don’t know about Mathiam Mbow which comes in handy in his job and that is he was a comedian for many years. “It’s a very neat feeling to be able to make people forget about their worries and the stresses of life even if it is for a very short period of time.”
In 2014, Mr. Mbow was inducted into the United States KIDO Federation Taekwon-do Hall of Fame for Outstanding Instructor of the Year!