Geneva began her Taekwondo training at the Sanford-Springvale YMCA under Kwanjangnim Richard Smith Jr who has taken many seminars offered by Sifu Guru Dan Inosanto, former student of Bruce Lee. Her hard work and dedication often paid off skipping ranks at testings on 3 occasions during the course of her training with Master Smith.
*2002: Began competing in the IPPONE and SMART circuits.
*2003: Joined the IPPONE and SMART ratings system. Won multiple tournaments.
*2004: Won her first Underbelt Grand Championship at the Elm City Karate Challenge in Waterville, ME. She was featured in the Sanford News front page shortly after that event.
September of 2004: Began training with Sabunim Moe Simard at Moe's Taekwondo. At the time she was a Blue Belt. Finished in 3rd place in Weapons, 1st in forms and 2nd in sparring at the end of the year in the IPPONE circuit (New England) and as the SMART Divisional Champion in Weapons, Forms and Sparring. She won the SMART State Championships in Weapons, Forms and finished 2nd in Sparring.
*2005: Continued to travel around New England and competed frequently. Started competing in the KRANE(National). Received her Brown Belt on September 7th, 2005, she had skipped the Advanced Blue Belt rank at such testing. Won many tournaments as well as some Grand Championships. At the end of the year, she finished as the Triple Crown Winner in the IPPONE Circuit, the Divisional Champion in Weapons and Forms, 2nd in Sparring in the SMART circuit and the State Champion in Weapons, Forms and finished 2nd in Sparring.
*2006: Continued to excel in competitions in the IPPONE, SMART, KRANE and NASKA circuits and competed in prestigious events like:
Ocean State Grand National Championship: Warwick, RI. Took 2nd place in Weapons, 2nd in Forms and 3rd in Sparring.
The New England Open: Marlboro, MA. 1st in Weapons, 1st in Forms and 3rd in Sparring.
Twin Towers Classic at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City: Took 1st place in Weapons, 2nd in Forms and 2nd in sparring.
Geneva was featured in an article at the Journal Tribune of Biddeford, ME.
Finished as the Triple Crown winner for the second year in a row in the IPPONE circuit, Divisional champion in Weapons and Forms in the SMART circuit; 1st place in Weapons and Forms at the National level in the KRANE circuit as well as the State Champion in Weapons, Forms and Sparring.
*2007: After a 5-hour long intense testing in front of a Black Belt Panel of 30 plus judges, Geneva earned her Black Belt in June.
Won the Triple Crown in Weapons, Forms and Sparring in the IPPONE ratings system.
Sabum Geneva helped Kwanjangnim Richard Smith Jr. teach classes for years in Taekwondo, weapons and self-defense using principles of Jeet-Kune-Do, Kali/Eskrima as well as techniques from the Blays-Halla system at Master Richard Smith's Family Martial Arts Center.
Sabum Geneva now teaches at her own school Geneva's Taekwondo at Studio by the Sea in Panama City Beach, Fl.