All I really needed to know I learned in Tae Kwon Do class….
Tonight I went to my 5 year old God-daughters Tae Kwon Do class. Remember when I said I was done ignoring what the world has to teach me, well I felt like tonight there was much to learn.
I walked in not knowing ANYTHING about Tae Kwon Do, of course I am thinking karate kid cause the cute little outfits are similar. The thing I do know is that my Gracie is amazing. No really, she is. She is the most amazing 5 year old bundle of spunk and attitude and sweetness you will ever meet. I adore her and I make sure to show her and tell her every time I see her. Yes, she was totally adorable in her little white outfit with her belt and pant legs rolled up cause she is the smallest one in the class. Yes, she was even cuter when she had her tongue stuck out concentrating on her kick moves.
As I watched this class of all ages, all different shapes, all different skill levels I was blown away at what I saw. The older more experienced participants helped the younger novices. Everyone encouraged one another, and no one was made to feel bad if they couldn’t accomplish a task or move. As long as you tried your best, that was enough. There were no attitudes, no egos but there was tons of respect, acknowledging each other and inspiration. Grace worked hard in the hour class, listening , learning, watching the others and when it was her turn to try a kick or punch she was giving it her all. At the end of the hour her gyo-san-nim (instructor) not sinse as my visions of Mr. Miyagi where squished, told the class that they had done a good job during their time in class, he then spoke about respect. He said the respect between student and teacher was very important because they need each other, they must work together. The student respects the teacher for teaching and the teacher respects the student for learning.
To sum up what I learned from this class without ever stepping on the mat:
When we work together we get further.
When we respect each other we learn more.
When we do our very best, it is enough.
When we wear our hair in cute pigtails, Aunt Lori does the “pull a quarter from behind the ear” trick.
All very important!
Go Gracie! I love you!