Just back from the December Tae Kwon Do Grading Awards for Uddingston Tae Kwon Do club - both my kids passed with flying colours, the youngest being promoted to red-tag and my eldest, passing his 9th successive grading with another perfect A pass, getting his black-tag… the highest belt he can get in Scotland. Next stop (in about 12 months time) will be Bristol for his black belt grading.
I'm really proud of them both! Tae Kwon Do teaches discipline, respect, perseverance and instils an excellent work ethic - you simply cannot 'turn up' and expect to pass. Kirsty has the kids well drilled and sets high standards for them all - if they are not up to scratch, they are told they need to work harder. Don't get me wrong, this is not some Siberian salt mine - the kids all thoroughly enjoy the sessions and have tons of fun but they have a real focus on what they need to do to succeed.
Starting out, they struggled to learn the first basic patterns and probably looked up in awe at students who had earned each kup (belt), now they are close to achieving their own black belts - amazing!
Just goes to show, if you set yourself aggressive goals in life, then anything is possible - IF you keep on working away at it. In these days of almost instant success (X-Factor?!) it's refreshing to see students (of all ages) who recognise that it is hard work that leads to success.
Hopefully on June 30th 2013 my kids will be almost as proud of their mad Dad as I am of them, whatever I have done or have yet to do, they will always be my proudest achievements.