By taekwondoam87479715, Mar 13 2017 03:01AM
So, we have a tournament coming up next weekend. If you’ve been to Charlotte Taekwondo America in the past month, you’d know that. We have been promoting it with banners, handouts, articles in the newsletters, emails, … Heck, we’ve even changed our training regimen to help make the competitors from our school fare better.
What we need to consider, however, is the true benefit of the whole tournament experience. A tournament is a motivational tool. It is a product that we can use to get people excited about training, and training hard.
Here is a case in point. Yesterday, we had a fairly informal workout for students who are registered for the tournament. We told the students that we could work on any aspect of tournament participation – Forms, Sparring, or even Board Breaking if the student was signed up for that event. We had about 15 or 20 kids and adults show up to work on some aspect of their tournament preparation. After working for about 45 minutes, we all sat down and I asked them “If you weren’t here today at this class, who would be working on their training at home?” No one answered. I told them “The fact that you are here preparing for the tournament is the real benefit of the whole tournament experience. What happens next weekend is what we will remember for a long time. But the work we put into our training RIGHT NOW to prepare – That is the real benefit.”
The sooner we commit to something, whether it is a taekwondo test, a tournament, an online class, a trip, etc., the more excited we will be about it and the sooner we will start working toward making that goal a success.
Congratulations to all of the competitors in next weekend’s Regional Tournament in Greensboro. You are already a success because you realized the importance and the benefit of this special training!