Augustus Cho can break a concrete block in half with the side of his palm.
As a martial arts instructor, Cho said he strives to teach self-discipline, self-control and self-respect — qualities that he tries to apply to his daily life as well.
“Martial arts is less about fighting but more about developing one’s ability to rise above circumstance and developing that warrior state of mind necessary to overcome life’s often difficult challenges,” he said.
Cho, who ran for mayor in 2009, now plans to run for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council. Cho said the Asian community’s lack of representation on the council motivated him to run.
“Asians compose 11.8 percent in this community, while African Americans compose 9.5 percent,” he said. “It is my belief that at 10 percent minimum we need to have representation.”
Cho, who first moved to Chapel Hill to attend UNC, has lived in town for 17 years, he said.
“It really was not in my life plan to be this involved, but I came to realize when I was working overseas that America is a very special place and unless we get involved it will not get better,” he said.
Cho said he enjoys his position as chairman of the Chapel Hill Transportation Board because it allows him to seek solutions to the problems facing the community.
“Instead of complaining, I get to be part of a solution by being involved with the transportation board and the community design,” he said.