day 2416 – student teacher

taekwondo classes continue despite the coronavirus warnings across the city. i’m surprised vancouver parks board hasn’t cancelled the classes while everything else has been put to a halt. with all my teams and leagues cancelled or postponed, i’m praying that neither my lifting gym nor my tricking gym closes too. i’m more worried that i won’t have any of my activities and will die of boredom if quarantine ever takes place

day 2395 – coach jervin’s

saturday night celebrating coach jervin’s birthday at flightclub. i brought sushi to the potluck dinner and it was demolished within twenty minutes. after much eating, chatting and cake cutting, we played big games of mafia. it was really fun since it was my first time being a mafia. can’t believe some of us stayed until almost 2am just chatting in the dark. this was after teaching seven straight hours so i was super tired and my brain could barely function properly

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 2360 – deadlift knowledge

morning gym session to get my leg day in as well as help a friend out with hers. having a gym partner can be motivating and fun at the same time. i certainly did not mind teaching and sharing my fitness knowledge with whose who are eager and willing to learn. we hit it hard with the squats, deadlifts and leg press before moving onto back exercises and then finished with some superset core exercises. i have plenty of fitness goals i want to hit this year, and at the same time i hope i can also help her reach hers

day 2304 – lesson plan

ever so busy getting students ready for tomorrow. i have about two dozen students taking this month’s promotion test. since it’s the last test of the calendar year, i’m cramming a few more who’s well overdue. i think as an instructor, i’m more concerned and nervous than the students who’s taking the test. i worked them all pretty hard today, keeping all after class longer than usual. hopefully their hard work pays off at the test

day 2297 – obligated instructor

img_20200124_1203143340427312071280178.jpgit was critical for me to be at taekwondo even just hanging onto the half a life i had left. i was feeling weak and dizzy while losing my voice but still felt the need to be there to make sure the students who’s getting ready for promotion got the proper stuff down. i stayed as long as i could last and helped the many i saw before i could no longer. at least i went home with the peace of mind that i gave it everything i had and supported my students in ways possible. now i’m just going to pass out early and rest this bronchitis

day 2269 – broken teacher

trying to teach all the classes being on less than one foot combined. my left didn’t work well before and now my right is heavily crippled. capping off the last class of the shift with the poomsae competition team. surprisingly made it through the whole shift without having to demonstrate any kick at full speed or full power. it helps that all classes went smoothly and all except the first class came ready to learn