day 715 – collector’s den

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so glad to get through yet another humpday. today calls for rest day because my body is too banged up and needs to rest in order to make it through to demo day. a little cleanup of my bedroom is important. as i was doing a little cleaning through my drawers, i found a stack of competitor and coaching passes that i have amassed over the years. it’s somewhat fulfilling that i have quietly racked up quite a collection of passes

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day 659 – u-dub

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missing those times when the original six took a roadtrip down to seattle and obsessing ourselves with the big w at washington university. it’s these kind of things that really bring us together and bond as a team. this crew makes going to taekwondo better. we always laugh and joke around, but know that we’ve got each other’s back. it will be a while until the six of us will be together again, but bank on it

day 515 – day in seattle

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day trip in seattle is a day well spent accomplishing a lot from premium outlet, downtown, cheesecake factory, more shopping and late night eating. just another one of those low key teambonding activities. a fun day out with the crew and what i consider a rest day away from portfolio stress. work hard and also play hard but super tired from a little sleep and long day of travel

day 466 – post sunday work

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a nonstop sunday full of work, someone needed post blackbelt test drinks to finish off the weekend. with a couple of the crew chilling and doing some logistics planning because this is the only down time i get so must use it wisely. liking the temporary freedom while parents not in town; gives me the space and freedom to be out more often than not but now i need to prepare my own meals

day 460 – bottle drive

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my team is going to have a busy season ahead of ourselves because we have bigger plans and more stars to reach. as my team is loading up on competitions and looking for advancement, our focus will be on more than just training. but none of this will happen if we don’t acquire the necessary funding and sponsors. collecting recyclables to fundraise for my team’s upcoming competition equipment and travel expenses

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

presence made at governor’s cup

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another competition group picture worth sharing. after claiming our bling at governor’s cup in washington last week, master shin greeted us to congratulate our success and invited us to pan-am next month. we certainly turned some heads and opened some eyes while we were there and that’s what we really need. in my opinion and of my own interest, it is important for us to put our names and faces out there beyond the province of british columbia. if we want to grow as a school, as a team and as an individual, we must get to know the people out there and make them notice us. washington was a good start; we have lots on our plate, next up oregon.