The Big Leagues

Nothing like throwing your hat into the ring (or your children's hats) for a major competition for a first tournament.  But, that's just what we did.  The boys have been working hard at TKD 6 days a week and have never competed in a tournament until this past weekend.  They both competed for the state championship which was a the qualifier to go to nationals which will go on to World's.  It was a biggie. 

 You learn a lot really quickly this way like the extra bow to the judges--point off! There were lots of little things and honestly it probably wasn't the best tournament to try.  However, Jake came away with a gold medal and can now go to nationals this summer AND YET- wait for it- he didn't spar a single competitor! Only Jake, right? There was no one in his weight division to spar. Mr. Featherweight thought winning gold was great and is still telling everyone! Yep, there have been some discussion about earning wins. But, he's happy.  

Grant sparred and scored but his competitor was winning by a point when the boy broke his toe with 7 seconds left in round 2.  He toughed it out but Grant didn't get all of the 7 seconds in the round and lost.  Honestly, I think he was a little afraid to kick the guy after that. Who wants to kick the guy that's down?  

All in all, our boys have some experience now under their blue belts in poomsae and sparring competition.  They also walked away knowing that they have worked hard for several months and can hold their heads high. They aimed big and were the newbies out on the mats.  Chalking it up to character lessons learned! 

Anonymous –   – (February 12, 2014 at 5:44 PM)  

When I get off here I'll look up poomsae. Proud of my grandson's, especially the don't kick em when they're down. Glad they do this for fun and discipline.

Love Omi

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