On Monday evenings I teach the "Little Tigers" class, I have the most adorable group of 4-6 year old boys. Yes girls are allowed, but for some reason I have no little girls in my Monday class. I have to admit that yesterday by the time I was leaving work I was in the WORST mood ever, I was frustrated, angry and upset over a few things that were going on that really were beyond my control. Then I received a call asking if I could teach all classes last night. That would mean besides working a 7 hour day I now had to teach for 3 hours from 6-9PM. After the day I had at work the last thing I wanted to do was teach three classes in a row (4-6 yrs, 7-13 yrs, and adults). All I could think was if the kids acted up boy oh boy thins would not be good, there would be sit-ups and push-ups in their future. I also, I really had no plan.
I have to say I was never so happy when my little guys came into the dojang. The minute they came in and said hi to me and asked to go in the dojang my bad mood instantly lifted. It was like my bad day had never happened! Bless those little guys! By the end of the night I felt like a million bucks, all my classes went so well, I think my students enjoyed it and I know I enjoyed teaching.
If you're not familiar with Taekwon-Do, it is full of protocol (which I love). One of the first things we do, before entering the dojang itself (the training area) besides taking our shoes and socks off we bow to the room. This bowing represents leaving your job, your family, your life, your day behind because you are there to open yourself to learn TKD. Nothing proved this more to me than yesterday.
After the morning session, colour belts and black belts in attendance
This past Saturday Senior Master Lu hosted a full day patterns seminar. Its the first event like this I've attended since returning to Taekwon-Do after my injury a few years ago. It was a fantastic refresher and I enjoyed the day!
The Almonte Taekwon-Do contingent with Senior Master Lu (center)