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

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day 1914 – courtside mastercup

it’s showtime for my students who’s going to compete in this year’s master cup. to all those stepping on the mat at provincial stage, i’m proud of all of them to have the courage to compete. to all my competitors, i’m happy to see the improvements in each and every one of you. this is the first time friends outside of taekwondo world came out and it was quite fun. the freestyle poomsaes is what i had to stay for, even if it meant i would be late for teaching. i’m super exhausted after the long day of coaching and teaching. i cleaned up to pass out before ten thirty

day 1322 – transformation 

this is not a throwback thursday, but a random photo sifu sent me today and i thought it was funny but fitting. to a raw competitor of six years ago, when i also sparred at bc champ. i can’t keep track of how many competitions i have been to since then; it’s probably a good sign when i don’t. i miss the good old days when i had coaches to turn to, but now i, myself, have taken on that role and can only rely. on myself. still trying to grow into someone i could rely on. it’s a special day for lomo, but no time to celebrate

day 1172 – referee debut

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going to master cup with with the identity of a referee instead of a competitor or coach. first time officiating provincial sparring matches and official blackbelt poomsae divisions; definitely an eye opener. crazy long day with ten straight hours of taekwondo today. i definitely enjoyed judging the official blackbelt as opposed to being centre referee for sparring. i needed tying tie tutorials first thing in the morning as i haven’t worn a tie since hong kong elementary school days

day 830 – sentimental saturday

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teaching has become a staple over the years but suiting up today felt a little different. i go to main branch very often but it must have been at least six months since i last taught regular classes there. it almost feels weird, but suiting up felt strangely good and i don’t know why. sometimes i wonder if i miss teaching at this location instead of just the branch, or if i miss the students i used to teach. i didn’t mind teaching today, i had to be there for poomsae training regardless since it is about time to prepare students for upcoming provincials

day 458 – master cup

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it feels different going to master cup as a coach instead of a competitor. i am not done competing yet but i have lost interest in competing at this provincial competition year after year. this is really the time for my team to travel to out of town events and get more exposure rather than competing in the same circle at the same level. having success at this level just isn’t giving us the satisfaction like it used to. this is the only way for us to grow and get to higher ground