Going on a vacation

(Edit, this is a work in progress)

So the family is going on a bit of a vacation in a few weeks.

To Vegas.

For a Tae Kwan Do tournament..........

Work with me here folks.

My son, has gotten heavily involved in AAU Tae Kwan Do. Joined a gym, found a competition team, practices 5 days a week. And he is 8. He is into it heavy. Now this is not about how kicking he is, no pun intended, or how we are traveling to Vegas, trust me it is not in style.

This is about his journey. As the great General Manager Sam Hinkie said, "Trust the process and enjoy the journey."

When my wife joined a Lifetime gym she needed a place to put my son while she worked out. She found a kids care spot and would drop him off there at LifeTime and head upstairs to work out. Over the months the kids care spot started offering different classes for the kids. Gymnastics, basketball, and Tae Kwan Do. Things to keep them active. We decided Tae Kwan Do, because why not, let the kid learn to defend himself, maybe learn a thing or two. We went into it with zero expectations.

Every parent hopes that their child will have a good coach. A coach who can help their child realize what they are capable of. Push them to the next level while keep them grounded. This coach was everything I could hope for plus more.

Fast forward 4 years. The boy is 8 and about to embark on a tournament that will hopefully net him a national championship. We learned a good amount last year. It was his first time on the big stage and he had a good amount to learn. He learned that it will take doing two a day practices for weeks. It will take practicing the same kick thousands of times. It will take learning how to have that cutting edge. That nothing in this life comes easy.

He has gone to tournaments all over the Midwest Area. Fought the best. Won medals. And guess what. If we get there and he goes 1 and out, I am perfectly happy with that. Its not about the end process. It is not about being the best. It is about what he has learned during that process. How he pushed himself to new heights. How he laughed at the idea of being able to do 50 push ups in one rep. The idea that he could run 2 miles.

Who knows, maybe he goes the distance and wins the darn tournament. Wouldn't that be a sight. A midwestern 8 year old taking home gold.

Trust the process and Enjoy the Journey.

Follow up on July 9th, 2022.

So we went on vacation. We traveled through the desert to Las Vegas and now we are on on the way home. No gold, no glory, no medals for the boy. But he gained something much better than any medal can give him. He got to see what a team looks like. A functioning team that supports each other from day 1. A team that could not wait to give each other hugs after each ones match, win or lose.

Culture is defined by google as the customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social group. The reason I bring this is up is because after one of the Master Students lost his first round, all the junior students ran to him, gave him hugs, told him its ok and that he did a great job. I bring up the actions of the junior students is because they have been socialized by the older students on how to act and portray empathy. The older students have been socialized by the Master himself. And the Master was taught by the Grand Master. He generation of these students will continue to socialize the next generation on how to act and on how act in the principals of Tae Kwan Do.