day 2389 – preschool graduates

five years ago, these two four year olds graduated from the preschool program and joined me in my children’s class. it was a steep learning curve for both of them to adapt to the regular program with much bigger kids. i’m so proud of these two for not giving up when it got hard. it can be nerve-wracking standing on competition mat alone, especially only being four feet tall. their hard work and perseverance got them their red belt today. they’ve accomplished a lot only at nine years old; i can’t wait to see them achieve more

day 2367 – rude encounter

first day of the year of the rat was a hectic one at taekwondo. having been an instructor for the past decade, i’ve always kept my composure and stayed collected no matter how unreasonable the situation. today, parents of two separate occasion were so rude that i didn’t even bother holding back my words. my branch welcomes anyone, of any age or circumstance, as long as they have the willingness to learn and try. no one disrespects me, my branch or the art of taekwondo deserves to stay. i’m not about quantity of students but more so the quality. the branch i run doesn’t sell blackbelts; one must earn it through diligence of hardwork

day 2325 – term end

christmas cards and gifts from my sweet students because it’s on the last day of the term. it’s been a really stressful and hectic term teaching without a vice head instructor. i now have a very fresh and young group of teaching assistants, but it’s good to see them work so hard and improve their skillset. i’d like to take all the credit for honing them into the junior instructors that they are, but they’re all taking the initiative to as learn and grow to become role models

day 2319 – woojin workshop

my killarney kids had a private session taught by woojin and his teammates. he went through a bunch of drills for basic kicks. it was a good to get an idea how koreans train their basics and a good indication of why their basics are so good. my kids could also benefit with more of this training if they want to improve in high performance. honestly i get anxiety because i really wish i could start practicing my spinning kicks again, but i also get anxiety because i’m not sure if my ankle will be ready for all that

day 2047 – bc open champiosnhip

bringing a big killarney team to compete at bc open this year. my students made me proud today bringing home six golds, four silvers and two bronze. i try my best to stay out of all the unnecessary drama, but somehow they either drag me in or bring the drama to me. the best way to make a statement is to let my students do the talking. the goal is to continur to grow the competition team. there’s a few rising stars in the bunch so i hopefully i can cultivate them into future national competitors

2042 – killarney kids

this is the end of our poomsae training sessions before saturday’s bc championship. this is one of the largest killarney team we’ll have at a provincial competition. through the past several weeks of training, they’ve work really hard and improved a lot. i want to keep growing killarney’s competition team and create the comradery that we’ve never had before. hopefully this will lead to something good like taking some of them to bigger stages

day 1627 Рkillarney growth 

img_20200130_2320245465606556917820170.jpgdoing some paperwork administrative tasks while reflecting back on my teaching career thus far. since i have taken over as branch chief instructor in 2014, killarney saturday has steadily grown. it used to hover in the eighties and nineties, but that has changed since. one hundred and ten students enrolled across my saturday classes this term is an impressive number. the steady growth in the number of students is a compliment i’ll take. it just goes to show that i’ve poured my heart and soul into giving the best instruction i could possibly provide. i’d say i can say i definitely earned the lead role and. i intend on growing and improving killarney with each term