September 30, 2022


Stop. Go. Technology

Always a team

Always a team


When I signed the a few elder little ones up for Taekwondo final year, I was not confident if they would like it but I imagined it would make a excellent vacation action. Staying a PA program, it was also reasonably priced for us because the costs had been at $5 per lesson for every kid, excluding uniform, grading or any miscellaneous expenses. I adore the point that all three of them can be enrolled in the exact same class as it can be exceptional due to their distinct ages.

The course is held weekly in the vicinity of our home at HDB pavilion and these times, they make their way there on their have when I prepare dinner for the little one and feed him meal. Then we would stroll over to see what korkor and jiejies are carrying out in course – too bad the little one is much too compact to sign up for in! – and all of us would walk residence jointly.

Rapidly forward to today, it really is been more than 50 percent a calendar year since we started out and the young children are having fun with the sport additional than expected. To estimate their phrases, “I under no circumstances realized I would like TKD so a lot”, “I failed to like it so a great deal in the commencing but now, I thoroughly appreciate it” and “I look forward to TKD course each and every 7 days!”.

A huge aspect of the purpose driving it is due to the fact they are blessed with form and affected person coaches who are demanding when willpower is desired but pleasurable and pleasant way too. I recall how they allow the young children pen notes and document videos on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day this yr which was a thoughtful and sweet initiative. It always warms your heart when other individuals go the excess mile for you, proper? For that, we are deeply grateful.

So when the head coach advised for them to take element in the National Taekwondo Poomsae Champions, all of us were skeptical but we wanted to give it a go for the reason that we failed to want to disappoint them. The little ones ended up doubtful of no matter if they could do it, they did not consider they would do the job perfectly collectively and they have been even a tiny fearful of what to count on.

I guess in life, you just have to discover to consider a leap of faith, suitable?

We worked difficult in the months leading up to the level of competition. It was not often simple and we faced some hurdles alongside the way. For occasion, our poomsae was changed just a fortnight back as the coaches realised the initial 1 we practised was not authorized in the levels of competition, and the coaches had been not often free to pull them apart to teach them through class as there ended up other pupils to care for way too. In look at of the absence of time and I would say a bit of reluctance from the young ones, could we really pull this off?

Not wanting to give up midway, we manufactured it a stage to practise at residence when we had time. I have to notify you it was not as uncomplicated or as smooth as it seems simply because I experienced a kid who preferred to pull out of the levels of competition, a further who couldn’t stop criticising the siblings and generating them sense inferior, and a person who just did not appear assured more than enough. Each and every follow session was stuffed with bickers, trade of severe and imply opinions, tantrums and even tears too. 

They did not appear to be to gel very well as a crew and as a substitute of working by means of the discrepancies, they insisted on their individual specific opinions which created things even worse when they realised they have been totally not in sync. The total poomsae could be just less than a minute but if you wanna do it nicely as a team, it will take several hours, days and weeks. It is genuinely a situation of 台上一分钟,台下十年功. All right, possibly not so exaggerated but you get my place.

On the day of the opposition, we experienced to get there more than two hours early and as expected, there was loads of ready time. We viewed some other groups in action and I could see that the children felt each amazed and intimidated for the reason that this was a far cry from their stage and we had been nowhere as expert or as synchronised as any of the teams we saw. Nonetheless, looking at them also gave us hope, hope that we could a single working day access that form of conventional and arrive at outside of what we thought we were able of.

We took the time to practise for a number of much more rounds for the duration of the hold out and even then, the little ones were even now complaining about every single other – far too sluggish, as well rapid, completely wrong leg, in no way kick significant enough and so on and so forth. I stored assuring them that we have been not anticipating to acquire and all we needed was for them to set in their exertion and give it a go. The understanding encounter is far more essential than the final result, right? Following all, it was their maiden endeavor and I did not believe we must have extremely superior expectations. In reality, as extended as they done the ways and did not freeze or blank out midway in front of all the judges, that would be satisfactory already.

Verify out their performance underneath!

You can convey to that Asher was feeling hesitant at the start out and currently being puzzled by the yellow box in the middle, he did not do as per practised to get to his standing place. Of training course, the sisters chided him later on for it mainly because they experienced to respond impromptuly at the very past moment. Nonetheless, I was really proud to see that in spite of that, all of them still spontaneously went through the poomsae and didn’t forget any phase! In truth, they were being much more synchronised than expected, they gave it all their power and that was this sort of a great indicator. Yup, really hard do the job pays off following all.

The initial reaction they had when they bought off the arena was to say “We surely will not win any medal.” Oh occur on, guys, have a small religion in each individual other and most importantly, in yourself, all right? The coaches and I currently realized the benefits beforehand but we kept it below wraps until the past instant.

Can you envision their shock when they observed out that they won 2nd area and ended up heading to get silver medals? Sure, there were not that a lot of members in their classification – 4 in overall – but profitable a medal, no matter of color, was the icing on the cake that would raise their assurance and encourage them to go further more in this journey.


Expensive Angel, Ariel and Asher,

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Although I am very pleased to see that you won medals, what heartens me most is that you persevered until the conclude and did not give up halfway. The initially time is generally the toughest but you fellas did it alongside one another.

As soon as a staff, usually a team. I hope the a few of you realise that you have often been a group way in advance of this competition. That is due to the fact you are siblings, and siblings make the strongest group since you will generally appreciate, safeguard and care for a single a different.

It would not suggest that a crew has to normally see eye to eye. Nope, I believe this working experience has taught you that conflicts are certain to materialize when you operate collectively. The crucial is not to prevent them but to solve them a person by one particular. 

Papa reminded you that a workforce is only as strong as its weakest link so your work is not to pull just about every other down but to lift every other up. Really encourage, encourage, educate and be a patient mentor, just like how your coaches information you much too. Don’t let stress take about you, understand to keep your tongue, believe positively, give credit when credit history is thanks and generally, constantly have each other’s again.

Acquiring siblings is 1 of the finest blessings in lifetime and the best group you could ever inquire for. May possibly this be the start off of an wonderful journey for all a few of you. We appreciate you to the moon and back and we are going to constantly be your greatest supporters.

Love, Mama


Heartfelt many thanks to all the coaches for the loving steerage and for your reassuring presence that day. Until our subsequent learning expertise!


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