day 747 – successes of an instructor

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today i received a thank you note from a student i have been teaching and mentoring for the last several years. the note had high praise and reinforces why i have been and still continue to teach to this day. it truly defines why i make the sacrifices to teach because nothing warms my heart than to see my students perform and meet their goals. although she never became a blackbelt, there was a lot that she did right, more than what the black belt itself may have exemplified. i am truly appreciative of all the time and effort she put into assisting junior students and practicing for herself, and wish her the best of luck in her studies

day 419 – my rationale

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life is all about getting over challenges to be able to enjoy the things i consider fulfilling and meaningful. everyone has different values in life and many have disagreed with my decisions but have supported me in ways possible. no stranger to pain and injuries but today is one of those days where i feel absolutely grateful at my appointment. for the first time in a long time, i actually feel like i have my legs under me and all the beating i have taken is paying off. a big shout out to my physio and kinesiologists who have kept me in my sports throughout the years. couldn’t have done it without any one of you

day 359 – flashback

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looking at this photo of me back in the day makes me laugh. this was my first ever competition years ago and i have never looked back since and have gone on to many more. who knew this competition kickstarted my interest in competition and to this day still continue to compete whenever possible. seven years and counting, i have risen to and accepted many challenges along the way. been plagued with numerous undesirable injuries ranging in severity, but nothing stops me from doing what i care about. i have learned and gained so much, transformed from a girl who didn’t have the confidence to speak up in front of people to now having the confidence to step in the ring alone and perform in front of a large crowd. this is not to say its in my comfort zone because i do get nervous every time, but at least i am willing to take that step forward and do what needs to be done

day 275 – oval demo

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the day of can-am international championship has come. for all of april,  the group has put in so much extra time and energy into preparing for this demo, and definitely pays off with a good performance overall. it was a fun experience at such a grand stage and wish to have more like this in the future. but for now, i am glad its over so i can focus on my competition

day 273 – no power?? no problem

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it’s what we call dedication when we practiced through a power outage during our final rehearsal for richmond oval demo. it was hot, it was crowded, it was dark but with the help of a few headlights, we pulled it through a two hour rehearsal in darkness. it was quite a fun and amazing experience

day 237 – marcom meeting

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we gathered as part of our reward for a hardworking marcom department. a meeting and mid season social was called for at kyo where we overloaded with sashimi, sushi and bbq meat to our hearts content. i think i need to fast after this meal because the endless eating isn’t doing me any good. it is safe to say i will be avoiding all you can eat meals of any kind for a while

those were the days…

where we started, where we end up, what we were and what we have become…i really miss those times of motivated and unmotivated practices, hardcore and laid back trainings, soreness, hardwork and endless team bonding. practically living at wu’s and spending just about everyday of december and better part of january with the crew might be one of the most fulfilling christmas holidays i have had. first experience at nationals was a good eye opener, don’t know if i will have another opportunity at this stage