|Can an overweight teacher/instructor really be a true role model?|
The last time I competed in 2006 1 year before starting WW
I am a teacher. Well, not a school teacher, but I teach Taekwon-Do. Early on, when I first started learning I had the BEST Taekwon-Do instructors ever! I was taught by a world champion, I was taught by female who is technically amazing, and I was taught by the best motivator ever. These three people I think are the ones who showed me the love and passion they have for Taekwon-Do and made me the martial artist and laid the foundation for the teacher/instructor I am today. These people kept me motivated to keep training though I wasn't a small girl.
I don't think I was the best example of the ideal instructor when I was teaching at almost 200 lbs. I knew the techniques, I knew how to do them to my best ability, I sure knew my theory. How can someone so big be a true example? A true motivator? It took a bad foot injury, which happened while teaching my 7-13 year old students to make me stop. I do think that this injury was the best thing that ever happened to me. During this time I finally faced my weight problem, joined weight watchers, and as my foot got better (it was a long recovery ... probably due to my excessive weight) became an athlete, yes I consider myself an athlete. Finally a year and a half later, I returned to Taekwon-Do. Slowly I started training all over again, eventually working up to testing for my 3rd Degree Black Belt (almost a year ago now).
|At my 3rd Degree Black Belt test, I can now move faster, |
kick harder, jump higher, and more. A better role model for
my young students.