A pint-sized Pickerington mother of three proved this summer that she stands tall among the world's elite martial artists.

A pint-sized Pickerington mother of three proved this summer that she stands tall among the world's elite martial artists.

The 5-foot-3, 122-pound Jasmine Cloe isn't the most imposing figure, but when the 35-year-old Hawaii native puts on her black belt, she's not accessorizing.

Cloe, who moved to Pickerington with her family more than four years ago, is a budding tae kwon do master and instructor.

Just three years after taking up martial arts, Cloe became a world champion in June among women age 30 to 39 in forms for precision in attacking and defense techniques at the American Taekwondo Association World Championships in Little Rock, Ark.

She also finished second in the world competition for her proficiency with weapons and third in sparring.

"I love it," Cloe said. "It's turned into something I enjoy doing on an everyday basis. People say they practice their forms in their sleep, and I really do."

Cloe won the championship as a first-degree black belt. A month later, she attained second-degree status training at ATA Black Belt Academy, a tae kwon do school owned and instructed by Kevin and Michelle Pavlik in Pickerington's Drug Mart Plaza.

The Pavliks said Cloe's rise is impressive for someone who had no background in the martial arts until age 32.

"She is one of our most dedicated students, by far," Michelle Pavlik said. "That's really fast (to win a world championship), but this is something that you get out what you put into it."

Cloe ran track for one season at the University of Oregon but said she's not a "natural athlete." Prior to moving to Memphis with her husband, Frederick, she worked as a singer at a hotel in Waikiki.

Then, nearly five years ago, she said her oldest son, Cody, who is autistic, began experiencing problems with children at school, including an incident on a school bus, Cloe said.

"That was the reason I started tae kwon do in the first place," she said. "Coming here, for Cody, has been the best confidence-builder. The whole family joined and started taking classes."

To this day, the Cloes train at ATA Black Belt when they're not practicing forms or sparring on the basketball court outside their Olde Pickerington home.

Her children are Cody, now 15; Brandon, 13; and Kayalani, 10.

"It's just become one of those things we enjoy doing as a family," she said. "We love to compete, but I never ask my children to do something I can't do."

Cloe reached the world championships after competing in a dozen tournaments throughout the country last year and becoming ranked No. 1 in forms and sparring and No. 2 in weapons.

Now she's ATA Black Belts' one and only world champion.

"We're extremely proud," said Kevin Pavlik, a third-degree black belt and the 2004 Triple Crown Ohio State champion. "I think they had 20,000 competitors there, and there were 70,000 people in (Little Rock) for the event."

Michelle Pavlik, a fifth-degree black belt and nine-time ATA Top 10 competitor, is one of Cloe's primary sparring partners.

"(Cloe) is someone we can make a correction with and she doesn't take it as an attack," Michelle Pavlik said. "She is a leader."

While continuing to hone her craft, Cloe is putting her leadership skills to the test as an instructor at the Pavliks' school. She recently completed 300 hours of floor training and testing on all forms in order to gain instructor certification.

"I'll do this until my body gives out," she said. "Then I'll focus on training.

"I'd like to do it as long as my kids continue. I think if you do it as a family and come as a family, you're more likely to do it and stick with it."

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