This weekend was fun because it was the first time in 6 months that I have done TKD. For some of you, I know this probably sounds surprising. Master Laquerre came from Trios-Rivière to do a Pattern seminar at ARCAN TKD and I was invited to go. 🙂 It has been quite a while since I have seen so many familiar faces and friends. It felt amazing looking around the room with so many people that I have had a long relationship with.
I was a little stressed going into the training since TKD is such a specific type of sport that when you haven’t done it in a long time, you never really know how it’s going to go the first time back 😛
Luckily, it went better than anticipated. I was definitely not in the best shape or very flexible but the goal that night was to simply enjoy myself. I’ve missed doing patterns so I really enjoyed getting to feel that sensation again. There is something so magical about doing patterns that I’ve never been able to feel with any other sport. I love working with Master Laquerre, because he is so detail oriented, encouraging and passionate about what he’s teaching.
I feel like I owe an update to so many people who have supported me over the years in my TKD journey. Some of you might be wondering what my plans are for the next couple years in TKD in terms of competing.
As most of you know, I am in second year at Carleton taking business. This is my most challenging year in my program. With that being said, I have decided that for at least this semester I am going to focus only on school.
It has been a strange transition for me, since it’s the longest I’ve gone without doing TKD. It took some real reflection after my 3rd World Championship in Italy to decide what I wanted to do for the time being, but I am happy with the decision I’ve made. After devoting the last 6 years of my life to TKD and training for 3 World Championships, it’s time for a small break.
The next World Championships will be held in Dublin, October 2017. In terms of whether I am aiming to compete there, is a question I will have to get back to you on. There is so much that can change in 2 years.
Everything that I have learned from TKD has made me who I am today and transfers into anything I do. I have been setting smaller goals for myself with school, work, my social life, and my “Believe Project”.
The best part of Taekwon-do is that I can compete at the World level until the age of 34 and I’m still only 19. I am keeping all doors and possibilities open.
I am learning that it’s not only the journey from one world championship to the next, but the journey of my entire life and I want to enjoy and soak up every little dimension of it and wherever I go or whatever I do, I know that TKD and all that it’s taught me will be in my heart and soul.
Click on the link to see all the photos from the seminar. Thank you again Mr. Cabanas and Master Laquerre,