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Wonderful Blog Article on Courage Written By a Sherwood Park Student
This article was posted to a blog run by a student at our Sherwood Park school. It is several stories in one; it is a story of self discovery, of the ability to go beyond self imposed limits, it is about struggle, of self-doubt, and of overcoming. It is the story of someone recognizing fear for what it is and fighting back at it each and every day. It is inspiring and it is all of us.
Check out the beginning of this great blog article..
“Quickly, follow the unknown with something more familiar.”
Courage is an interesting concept. I think a lot of people associate courage with brave or substantial acts that put the courageous person in harm’s way. For me, courage is much smaller than that. It is the thing that gets benched when fear steps onto the field. With fear in the spotlight, there was no room for courage, so it sat patiently and waited for that time when it could break free of all others and score the winning whatever (I don’t watch sports, so use your imagination). And it sat there a long time, waiting for that fear to take a much needed water break so it could jump up and say, “I’m ready coach!” Last year, I benched fear a few times, and let’s just say that my ego was not impressed. What was this unfamiliar feeling? Courage? Back on the bench! So fear reigned.
You can Read The Rest of Meagan’s post on her blog!
A Father’s Story
This was sent to the young students’ instructors after a Muay Thai Tournament.
I just wanted to send a note to thank you for going through all the effort to organize & host the recent tournament in Sylvan Lake this past weekend. This was my 7 year old son’s first tournament, and it was thoroughly enjoyed! Before his division was up he managed to meet another boy and actually ended up sparring with him for quite a while in the warm up area. It was so great to watch – 2 kids that had never met, started off running around playing tag and then graduated to sparring totally on their own – but not competitively – it was just no attitude, honest, innocent, sharing something they had in common that they could never do with their “regular” friends. This is truly the essence of the sport at this age! When I asked James what the best part of the day was he said, “meeting my new friend”. How much better does it get? What a great first experience!
Khru Chris, Thank-you for taking the time to have your picture taken with James, and for coming over to cheer him on when he was a little “out-gunned” in his first match. He told me he could hear you telling him to get his kicks going during the bout and that made him feel really special that you were cheering for him. I’m sure if you think back far enough you’ll remember your first tournament – James will always remember this one and the support he had from yourself and his Sensei’s.
Six months ago my boy left half way through his first Muay Thai class very upset and nervous. Now he can’t wait for his next tournament and still asks when he’ll be big enough for a full contact fight. What a change! He has a great pair of trainers, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.
Thank-you for providing this opportunity.
A Mother & Son’s Story, West Edmonton
My son, Kaine, has been in Tiny Thaigers @ Arashi Do West Edmonton since August 2013. Since then I have noticed his confidence grow substantially, his technique improved quickly and his respect for others has increased. The instructors are compassionate, patient and use discipline when needed. I highly recommend!!!
For myself, prior to joining the women’s only Muay Thai boot camp I had never entered a gym in my life!! I knew I would be challenged and I knew it would be tough, I never gave up, and it’s all because of the great rapport we have as a group and the excellent abilities and skills of Sensei Rem-she pushes us to our limits but at the same time ensures we get the most from our workouts. Highly recommended!!