Guy Laplant of Sheldon Vermont was awarded his 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Grand Master Richard Dion on Friday March 12th. Grand Master Dion is one of the founding fathers of Vermont Tae Kwon Do, and still operates a school in Colchester. Guy has been training under the influence of Grand Master Dion for over thirty years. Grand Master Dion flew up from South Carolina this past weekend to make the special presentation during an evening seminar held at Laplant’s Tae Kwon Do in Swanton.
During the seminar, Grand Master Dion told the students a story about a young Guy Laplant starting out his career in the martial arts. “Master Laplant would do anything that was asked of him. I could tell early he had a strong love for the martial arts.” It is this strong love that has brought Guy to where he is today. Guy’s promotion puts him in an elite group of only four 7th degree Tae Kwon Do Masters in the state of Vermont.
It was only ten years ago that Guy was still teaching his classes out of his garage in Sheldon. He contributes his success in the martial arts to respect and discipline, and his students couldn’t agree more. It is not uncommon for one of his older students to come up to Guy and ask him to teach their children what he had taught them. Not only has Guy produced respectful citizens, he has also trained some of the county’s best martial artists. Over the years Master Laplant has brought over 200 competitors to national Tae Kwon Do tournaments.
Guy Laplant has been teaching Tae Kwon Do in the Franklin County area for over 25 years. Currently Guy runs two professional schools in Swanton and Sheldon while reaching out to many others with eight after school programs in the Franklin County area. He is constantly trying to find ways to spread the word of the martial arts. “I teach, because it makes me feel special”, Guy said recently. “When you see children learn something that you have taught them, its worth more than any amount of money you could give me.” Over four thousand people in Franklin County can call Guy, Master Laplant.