April 29, 2013
Being the Camp Coordinator with Pujan Thakrar has been one of the most satisfying and rewarding school experiences. Every year John McCrae Secondary School holds a 2.5 day Leadership Camp and it’s organized by two selected grade 11 and 12 students. The camp allows 65 students (grades 9-12) to attend and there is an application process since there is such a demand for this amazing camp. I really think it’s programs like this that helps make our school stand out. The coolest part about the camp is that it is completely run and organized by students with the help and supervision of a few teachers. It’s fascinating being able to run a full camp successfully without that authority of teachers. That’s when you know that the students there are great people!
The application process was long to go through them, but they were absolutely incredible! I was inspired and touched by how much time, effort and creativity everyone put in to making them great. So many of the applications were great representations of who they were. By looking through the applications, we picked who would be delegates and which 10 students in grade 11 or 12 would be the Skill Builders. The applications required them to answer 5 specific questions about leadership.
Skill Builders-Students are the group captains. There are 2 captains for each team. They run the sessions and take care of their won group of 10 delegates.
Delegates: students who is part of each group.
The whole purpose of the camp is to have students work together in a safe, confidential and open environment where we can learn about ourselves and also learn how to work on our team building skills. We want to develop as many leaders (they come in all forms) as possible to make our school the best it can be. These leaders will transfer everything they’ve learned into all areas of their life. I’ve attended the camp for my first 2 years of high school and I loved it, so this was an exciting opportunity to see how to organize a camp.
Pujan and I had our first meeting 9 months ago in the summer to start the planning process since there is so much involved and we both have very busy schedules. I think we were perfect partners since our personalities and strengths are different so we balanced each other out but had things in common so we got along really well. Pujan was such a pleasure to work with!
We had to decide and plan on:
- a theme for the camp – we chose the Olympics theme (I might have been a little passionate about that choice )
- book an overnight location that had enough cabins and the appropriate facilities for our needs
- budget, so we knew where the money was coming from, how much we had and where it was going.
- activities for an Ice Breaker night at the school and then 2 full days/nights of activities
- guest speaker from the City of Ottawa on Youths making a difference in the community
- book bus transportation to/from the camp
- supplies for all activities that we planned
- review all the applications for the camp since we are only allowed to take 65 students and choosing the delegates and skill builders
- assign 5 groups plus their skill builders based on their applications and personality types . Each group represented 1 of the 5 Olympic rings. After they chose a sport for their group. They wore costumes that relate to their team all weekend for team bonding. Keeping people out of their comfort zone also allows them to be more open to participate and grow more as individuals. You have to leave your pride at home, and be willing to be goofy outgoing.
- design and order camp t-shirts for everyone
- create, design and print the booklet for everyone to follow – the booklet is full of quotes, the sessions that everyone will go through, and little quizzes and stories
- lists, lists and more lists…….and meetings, meetings and more meetings!
The first page of our booklets reads…..
LEADERSHIP CAMP 2013
Congratulations on making it as participant in this year’s Leadership Camp! This is your chance to get to know yourself and other students at John McCrae and to become the champion that you truly are! We hope that you keep an open mind and take risks through camp and make the most of this experience. You will learn useful skills over the next few days that you can apply to your everyday life so make the most of this opportunity but more importantly have fun!
As skill builders and delegates, we want you to soak up as much as possible while having fun! Try to recognize the importance, meaning and usefulness of everything you will experience with your group!
Here are some key steps to making your camp experience AWESOME!!
Take risks: Step out of your comfort zone! Try something new! Gooo with the floooow! The best part about camp is experiencing new things and you won’t be going through it alone! You have a whole group to help you out!
Keep an open mind: It’s simple. Don’t judge it. Don’t criticize it. Just try it.
Trust your group members: If you share with them, they will share with you. Have confidence in the Four Wall Rule and the Right to Pass.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: You will always be able to find someone who is willing to help! Just ask!
EAT. CANDY. : It’s pretty straightforward. Your dentist is not here! Neither is your mom!
We are so excited to see you all at camp! Show tons of enthusiasm, have lots of fun and more importantly BE YOURSELF!
Your camp coordinators
Kayla and Puj
The topics of the camp include:
- Communication Skills
- Trust and Taking Risks
- Leadership and Youth Involvement in the Community
- Stress and Time Management
- Problem Solving
- Goal Setting
- How to Implement Everything we Learned at Camp
Ice Breaker Night- The first time we are all together and were divided into the groups. Let the games begin!
The 5 amazing teams of Delegates and their 2 Skill Builders
The games and activities may sound silly or juvenile but they are all designed with a specific lesson and reason to push you out of your comfort zone. The games/challenges force you to trust your team mates. We chose these activities from previous camps that were successful and we also did a lot 0f research finding new activities. I was happy that we were able to include my 5 step goal setting program that I created and use in my own workshops. It always amazes me how open people are to talk about ‘real’ issues in this type of environment. I think being away at a remote location really helps. You really have to come to the camp with an open mind and just be willing to be YOURSELF. That is why there is the selection and application process. We really want to make sure that people are there for the right reasons. Every single person that attends the camp always feels so much better about themselves and their abilities after the camp. There is so much positive reinforcement given to everyone and very close friendships develop that wouldn’t normally happen in the everyday environment. There is no judgement or criticism. All these new relationships just make high school living that much more fun. The positive energy is contagious.
I had so many incredible highlights at camp. I loved every single moment of it. I have to admit, it’s quite stressful even when all the work is done because Pujan and I really wanted the camp to run smoothly. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and hopefully not have to deal with any major hick-ups. I had so many moments when the whole group was together, where I got to take a step back and truly realized and appreciate what Pujan and I had created. It was such a cool feeling. The atmosphere was incredible. It was so full of love, life, happiness, growth and warmth in so many ways. It was a place where everyone could feel accepted, appreciated, supported and a place they could be completely themselves. It was magic if you ask me. It’s where I suddenly realized that, wow, this is what it is all about, and THIS is why our school is so incredibly awesome. It’s because of camps and programs like these. It’s hard to describe.
At the end of camp, we do something called warm fuzzies. It’s where you write warm notes to friends and new friends you made at camp. It’s all positive and these messages are to take the time to tell people how beautiful they are, inside and out. I was touched by all the personal notes from everyone on what they thought of the camp and how appreciative they were. The feedback was amazing and it just goes to prove why these camps are important and why they need to happen every year! I STRONGLY urge everyone at JMSS to attend at least one Leadership Camp in their 4 years of high school. I promise it will change your life for the better. Just remember….go with an open mind and leave be willing to challenge yourself.
We couldn’t have had the camp without the help of:
Mr. Schultz for providing the funding for camp and allowing us to make LC 2013 a reality
Mrs. Henry and Mrs. Potter for all the support and guidance. Not to mention all the hours that they put in too
The administration for coordinating all the fees and paperwork
The teachers who came to supervise the camp
Skill Builders for all the time they put in and the dedication to the your delegates
Delegates for coming to camp and opening up to everything the camp had to offer
Gary Frederick at GDF PRO for making the awesome t-shirts
Camp Bonnenfant for allowing us to host LC2013 at your campsite once again
I feel so lucky and privileged to have gotten the opportunity to organize the camp this year. I learned a lot about how much goes into organizing a huge event like this. I have grown a lot from it and I have realized how much I love team building, leadership programs and motivational environments. Who knows, maybe I will get to do more of this type of thing when I am older as a career. I would love to do team building and motivational speaking with either Elite athletes or even corporate companies. Thanks to everyone who was apart of this incredible experience.
“NOW IT IS TIME TO GO OFF INTO THE WORLD AND BE THE BEST LEADER YOU BE! ENJOY EVERY MOMENT FOR WHAT IT IS! YOU ARE ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF THAT! GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE IN THE FUTURE!”
-KAYLA AND PUJ
A special thanks to everyone who shared pictures with me!
April 28, 2013
As TKD Nationals are quickly approaching next month I really want to step up my sparring training. I’ve been so busy preparing the Leadership Camp but now I can dedicate all my time to Taekwon-Do and Track since I also want to qualify for OFSAA.
Today I trained with a great group of black belts and all we did was spar for three full hours. It was exhausting but so much fun. I am pleased with my cardio and I’m working on some specific footwork. Like most sports….it all starts at the feet and works it’s self up.
It was extra special that my dad trained with us too. I think he loves TKD as much as I do People are always shocked with how quick his reflexes are. He catches people off guard so it’s fun to watch. My grandpa also came and watched the whole training. I am always thankful that he can be a huge part of my life
Thanks again Mr. LeGrow for organizing today. I am so happy that we can work on these sparring drills together. It’s going to be an awesome summer with intense training
April 27, 2013
Nothing gives me more pleasure than coaching a student who really wants to learn. Fritz is an 8 year old red belt who is also competing at Nationals next month. I’ve coached Fritz over the years and there is just something extremely special about him. It’s called ”passion”. He has such an old soul and really wants to be the best he can be.
When I heard that he had registered for Nationals I wanted to help him out since I know how seriously he takes his training. I asked him to come today when the dojang was closed so we could just work alone and critique every movement of his pattern. We went over it several times and filmed it so he could see what he was doing right and what needed correcting. I love how he actually does what I ask him to do. You could see that he was concentrating so hard. When I was Fritz’s age there were two teenage boys (Jonathon Martel and Max Riopelle) who coached me the same way that I’m coaching Fritz. I will always be thankful for the time that the put into my training and now I get to know what it’s like from the coaches point of view. It’s very rewarding.
I didn’t want to overwhelm him with too many details today so after about an hour and a half we called it quits. I would have loved to continue on for hours but I have remember that he is still 8 years old :) It’s better to keep him wanting to come back to train more and feeling proud of his accomplishment than being discouraged. I will continue to spend time with him after each class for the next few weeks. Every night we will work on correcting one more element and reviewing what we have already covered. Hopefully the video tape will be a good review for him on his own time.
I told Fritz he had to cut his hair to compete since he kept flicking his hair after every movement and it was too distracting. Judges like to be able to see the competitors face and eyes. As a good sport he actually let me take the first cut of hair and he is getting the rest cut tomorrow. Now, that’s trust and dedication
Fritz and I have a lot in common and when I learned that he played the guitar I knew we had to have a little jamming session after the training for some fun. I brought my guitar and we both played and sang a few of our favourite songs. It was a great way to end off a fun training session!
Great job today Fritz!
April 26, 2013
Besides all my Taekwon-do training, I’m also a member of the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Team. I train about 9 hours a week at the track for javelin, shot put and discus all year round. This training includes weight lifting, med ball and strengthening, foot work and technique, and throwing all three implements. In the winter the training is all done at the indoor dome. Since there is the turf we can’t measure our throwing distances since the indoor javelin has a rubber stopper on it. Now that the weather is warmer we can start to throwing outside. I’m anxious to see how I’ve improved since last summer.
I absolutely LOVE the winter training. The throwing events are so technical and precise so there is always something to tweak and perfect. I never get bored of it all. My two coaches Bill (javelin) and Corey (shot put and discus) are amazing. They are so patient with me and so passionate about their sport. It’s been exciting since the throwing group has really grown in numbers. I appreciate the one-on-one coaching since it is so technical and you can learn more individually but it’s also great to see more interest in the throwing events. It’s nice that there are more girls my age throwing now.
For the last month I’ve also had track practice for the school team three mornings a week. There has already been two exhibition meets but I haven’t been able to go to them since I was either away at a Taekwon-do tournament or Leadership Camp. My first school qualifying meet is May 16th and then I leave right after it to go to Quebec City for the Taekwon-do Nationals and National Team Selections.
Track is very important to me since I’m hoping that I can be on a university track team and hopefully help with some funding. Universities look at the OFSAA results so I want to make sure I do my best this season.
During the summer I will be competing with the Ottawa Lions Track club every week as well as some away meets.
Although Taekwon-Do and Throwing events are extremely different they both require patience, persistence, perseverance, dedication and overall body strength. Both these disciplines peak at an older age so I have lots of time. Since I’m still only 17 years old, I’m in no rush and am very excited about what I’ll be able to do in the upcoming years.
Good luck to one of my throwing team mates Valerie Chartrand who is also throwing Javelin at a meet in Cornell, NY this weekend.
April 18, 2013
Mr. Jeff Wilson is a phenomenal basketball coach. He was actually my coach while I was at Cedarview Middle School. He devotes his life to teaching and to coaching sports of all levels. He is the coach for the AA boys U15 Ottawa Next Level basketball team. I was so excited when he asked me to come in and spend a couple hours helping his boys basketball team prepare for the next couple tournaments before their Provincials. I was also a bit nervous how they would react to a girl coming in who was only a couple years older than them but they were awesome.
Obviously I was not going to help them with any of their basketball skills but the purpose of the night was to give them some new cross training drills, get them outside their comfort zone and get them thinking after about goals, and their progression.
These 15 year old guys are currently playing in an older age group which is great since it’s really challenging for them and it’s the best way to improve. They all take their basketball very seriously and want to be the best they can be.
Practising 3 times a week is a good start and it’s usually the only amount of gym time that teams can get. However, if teams really want to excel they have to put in a lot more work (physically and mentally) if they want to reach the next level. They need to use their precious gym time to work on the specific drills and strategies for basketball with the expertise of their coach, but there is so much more that they can do off the court to step up their game.
The first part of the workshop I gave a few new drills that they could do on their own.
I introduced them to:
- Tabida drills
- different cardio drills
- explosive leg drills
- resistance training
- core strengthening
- shoulder and arm strengthening
- I had them kick and punch shields for their first time
- stretches for the main muscle groups that we worked
- team building exercising where they have to work together as a team to accomplish a goal
The key to being successful athletically, is being strong and coordinated overall. A lot of athletes are one-sided. If you can balance out the strength, you will be so much stronger and also prevent injury. The great part about the drills is that you can do them just about anywhere and you can use the things around you for equipment. You don’t need a fancy or expensive gym membership!
Over the years, I’ve picked up hundreds of drills from different coaches, personal trainers and training partners and made up a few of my own. Mixing up your training also keeps it fun and challenging. Here are some old pictures of the types of drills I do on my own. This is just a very SMALL sample of things that you can do…..
We are all teenagers going through growth spurts and our bodies are constantly changing so it’s so important to stretch properly and be aware of the changes to help prevent injuries. Most people are so inflexible and need to stretch every day.
We discussed nutrition and how hard it is when we travel so much for tournaments. Having the right fuel in our bodies is so important to our athletic performance.
Time management is really hard when we are in high school with a ton of homework and also wanting to be with friends. I discussed the difference of between making the choice to train vs. feeling it’s a sacrifice to train.
The second hour was on goal setting. I went over my five step process. It was interesting for me this time, because not only did I touch on individual goal setting, but team goals as well. Each step of the process has key points, but for this team, the main message was “What are you going to do to reach that next level?” I wanted to get them to think about when they can do as individuals and what they can do as team to improve. I shared what I did/do in each of the five steps to give them some ideas. I gave them each a booklet that we went through and I hope they fill them out on their own after they’ve had some time to digest everything that was covered tonight.
I emphasized the idea of having Swag. They laughed at first, but soon understood that really, Swag is confidence. Swag is feeling worthy of greatness. Stepping onto the court (in their case) and owning it, believing that they are the champions and playing like true champions knowing that they have put in all the work to get to that point. It’s about being proud to wear their team jersey.
We finished off making two team push-ups. Each line had 6 guys and they are all linked together and they had to do one team push up together. It takes team work to find out who has what strength and where they should be in the line-up to make it possible. In order to do the push up everyone had to be part of the link. Everyone has to pull their own weight in order to be able to do a team push-up. One line was able to do it right away and then it was fun to watch them go and advice and cheer on their team mates in the other line. Hopefully they see the symbolism of being on the court together. Jokingly they said they wanted to practice that and go do one in the warm up before every game to psych out the other team lol. If nothing else, they would be remembered Great team spirit!
They seemed really receptive and I hope they were able to even pick up even just one little thing. They have so much potential and I think they can get to the next level, all they have to do is put in the EXTRA work and find their swagger
I look forward to hearing how they do at their next tournament. Good luck guys.
Check out all the pictures from the physical portion of the night. Thank you Mr. LeGrow for lending me all the shields and hand pads for the evening.
April 2, 2013
Everyone prepares for competition in their own ways We all have our little routines and rituals. Since the Canadian Easterns (Provinces from Ontario to the East Coast) are this weekend I had my last hard training last weekend. This is not the week to get injured by over-doing something. I will definitely be hydrating! Since the weigh-ins are on Friday night I am leaving for Montreal in the afternoon. I am so fortunate that I never have to worry about cutting weight since I’m in the hyper-weight division. I see how stressed my friends get when they have to cut a lot of weight in order to be able to compete. I can only imagine how hard it is on their bodies let alone the psychological aspect of it. There is such a science on how to cut weight safely and still have the optimum strength to compete but it takes so much discipline. I will make sure that I have my cooler of food with me that I know works well with my body. I’ve been ‘Eating Clean’ and loving it. Proper nutrition is so important, especially this week. It will be extremely important on competition day since I have little meals every three hours. You never really know what time you’re competing so it’s hard to know when and what to eat so you aren’t competing either too hungry or full and sluggish. It’s also a challenge when you are also a judge since you can’t just stop to eat when you want or need to.
This will be a very light week of training for me:
- Easter Monday (everything was closed)
- No TKD or Shot Put or Discus
- 2 hours light sparring and patterns at the dojang
- No javelin or weight training this week. I have to finish homework for the week.
- 1 hour school track practice in the morning before school (circuit fitness training)
- Stretching at night
- 2 hour club track practice (shot put and discus)
- No javelin or heavy weight lifting this week
- 2 hours at the dojang including a great stretch and some yoga
- 1 hour school track practice in the morning before school (circuit fitness training)
- leave for Montreal for the weigh-ins at noon
- find a place for some stretching and a gentle run-through of patterns before bed – early night!
- Competition Day
Every night I will be visualizing my patterns and different sparring situations. Music is also a huge factor for me!!!! I listen to all my favourite songs that relax me and/or pump me up.
I don’t know who I’ll be competing against this weekend but Grand Master Lan drilled one thing into my head……Never Underestimate Your Opponent! Every day is a new day and every competition is a new competition. You just have to believe in yourself and all your hard work.
I prepare for every tournament the same way I do for International Competition since it’s good practice to perfect YOUR OWN routine. That way when it really counts you know what you have to do mentally and physically.
This week is extremely busy with school work. I am also organizing the Leadership Camp for my high school which is only a few weeks away so we are finalizing everything and rushing around in meetings when I’m not in class. I am just going to get through the week, and then I am leaving a bit earlier on Friday to clear my head from school work and stress. I can then turn on my switch, put the game face on and embrace the competition environment I may not have a strict routine for the week, but I have set routines during my trainings and for when I arrive in Montreal. It’s all about finding the things that help you perform the best you can.
The Canadian Western Championships are going to be held April 13th in Regina. That includes competitors from the provinces of Manitoba to BC. That’s when you realize how big Canada is as a country. Then we all meet for Nationals in May in Quebec City. Both the Eastern and Western Championships are sanctioned events for points towards your seeding position in the final round robin at Nationals. The top two placements at Nationals in the round robin are the qualifiers for the National team and will have the honour of representing Canada at the World Championships in Spain October 2013.
HERE. WE. GO. :p
March 28, 2013
Thank you Master Suarez from Queens TKD for hosting such a successful 80th IIC (International Instructor’s Course) in NYC. Over 130 black belts (including 10 Masters) entered into the Queens College gym looking forward to gain more knowledge from Grand Master Marano (Argentina), Grand Master Lan (Germany) and Grand Master Bos (Italy). There were people from all over the States, Spain, Peurto Rico, Italy, Paraguay, Jamaica and there was a large group of us from Canada. It was wonderful to be with so many Masters and Instructors to learn from. We were honoured to have the President of the ITF TKD, Grand Master Trajtenberg join us for the entire weekend.
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This is my second IIC that I’ve attended. Although the format is pretty similar at every IIC there is always so much to learn since every time you attend a seminar you are looking for different answers and you’re at a different stage of your life so you pick up on different aspects. This is especially true when they discuss the philosophy or the ‘Do’ part of Taekwon-Do. I was especially interested since I was a 2nd degree at the last IIC and now I wanted some clarification on the 3rd degree patterns. It’s also always good to learn new sparring drills to practice when we get home to our own dojangs. I especially learned a lot with step sparring and self defense.
The Grand Masters divided us into two groups (up to 3rd degree and then 4th degree and up) and each Grand Master focused on their own specialty. This is a great method since it keeps things interesting. Each Grand Master has their own style and personality which is great since you learn so much from each one of them. I’ve had the pleasure of training with Grand Master Lan on several occasions so I was really excited to see him again. I’ve attended 4 seminars with Grand Master Marano and I love how technical he is with his critiquing. This was my first time meeting Grand Master Bos and I was so impressed with his knowledge, high energy levels and his sense of humour it was inspiring.
I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to do Eui-Am with Grand Master Bos since it just reinforced everything that I’ve been doing in my training. Throughout the seminar, people would volunteer to go up. This can be quite intimidating to volunteer and be picked apart in front of your peers and seniors. I look at it as an opportunity to learn from the absolute best. Grand Master Bos broke down every movement, stance, block, kick and punch. My biggest mistake was wearing my rubber bracelets The rubber bracelets are all my own custom made bands with my own positive and motivational words written on them. The words inspire me to train hard and be the best person that I can be every day. They are my version of a ‘tattoo’ since they are just a part of me now. I promise Grand Master Bos I will remove them when I compete
I also had fun doing Juche in a ‘mock’ tournament style with two gentlemen. I love having the pressure of a tournament. Grand Master Lan was sitting directly in front of me along with 7 other judges so it was fun.
This was a two day seminar for up to 3rd degrees. On the first evening, there was a formal dinner banquet at a beautiful marina andI had a great time. I got the chance to mingle and talk with new people. This made the second day more fun in the sense that I knew more people, and I really found my comfort zone.
The third day was only for 4th degrees and up. Since they are school instructors they cover the business side of things as well as running successful dojangs. It’s also one of the only opportunity that they get for critiquing their higher patterns so they need more time alone.
I left the seminar with new friends from all around the world. It’s amazes me how something like TKD can pull so many people together sharing the same passion. That is how you know that TKD is not just a sport and art but truly ‘a way of life’.
I was one of the younger people at the seminar and I was impressed looking around the room and seeing people train who were 60+ in age. It’s inspiring to see that TKD can lead to healthy lifestyle for my entire life.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon.
To view all 800 photos that my mom took click on the image below. She took pictures of everyone and of all the different parts of the seminar. I find looking back at the pictures a good review of what we learned. Hope you enjoy them too.
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March 20, 2013
March 16, 2013
On March 8th and 9th, Alana & Diego Cabanas of ARCAN Taekwon-Do invited Master Clint Norman, 8th degree to Ottawa to host a technical seminar focusing on patterns and sparring. Master Norman teaches out of Regina, Saskatchewan. He is currently a Vice President of the ITF and the President of Canada’s NGB the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International.
I looked so forward to the seminar since I know I’ll always learn new drills for training and also drills that I can pass on to the students in our dojang. It was great to see many familiar faces, and to meet a few more people. The room was filled with Masters, Instructors and students from Ottawa, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Saskeatchewan, and New York.
The patterns portion was great because Master Norman really picked apart each movement. Master Suarez from Queens NY TKD and Master Phil from Ottawa’s Black Belt Excellence also attended the seminar, so it was amazing to have so much knowledge in one room. It was like a mini IIC.
The afternoon portion was an incredible workout! We did cardio drills, technical but tiring drills, and timing drills all for sparring. I could see the faces of everyone getting more and more red as the afternoon went on. I really enjoyed it! Master Norman has such great energy and enthusiasm it makes you want to work harder. He also incorporated some games to help break things up. You concentrate so hard during the seminar since you are not only working physically but you are also working hard mentally. I LOVE how recharged you feel after these seminars!
Seminars like these are great for a few different reasons.
- You get a new perspective and opinion on certain drills or concepts
- You can ALWAYS learn something
- It’s great to see everyone because we are a TKD family. It’s also a great way to meet new people and create new connections with different instructors and athletes.
- It’s great for the mental aspect of gearing up for tournaments. The environment is electric and completely different from training in class every night.
- It keeps you up to date with what is happening in the TKD world when it comes to technical, rules and ways of teaching.
I am going to my second IIC (international Instructors Course) next weekend in New York City and I am so excited! It’s going to be great.
Since I usually train late at night and compete out of town my Grandpa doesn’t get to see me train so I was really happy that he was able to come and watch. He loves it so much and really gets into the drills and understands what’s going on.
Thank you Arcan TKD for organizing such an amazing seminar and a special thank you to Master Norman for coming to Ottawa to share your wisdom and your positive energy.
To view all 200 action packed photos of the seminar, click on the photo below. Thanks mom for taking all the pictures. These photos will be great memories for years to come
March 15, 2013
Master Ruben Suarez 8th degree black belt from Queens New York, USA, was here for Master Norman’s Seminar.
Master Suarez was extremely generous and gave a unique sparring training on the Sunday for the women that were in town for the seminar. It’s so hard to find girls to train and spar with and it’s so important because women move and spar differently than men. I have to say…The dojang smelt a lot better.!!! Same amount of sweat, just NO BAD SMELL
The training was all on foot work, counter attacks and combinations. We focused on two main types of movement that day.
First we worked on the foot work
Then we added a counter attack to it.
After we were comfortable with it, we moved to practicing on a shield.
Finally, we practiced with a partner.
I loved how Master Suarez ran the training. Every drill was timed, so we pushed for a minute or two, and then had 20 seconds off for recovery. I am really excited about some of the things that I was able to pick up. I was absolutely exhausted from all the training, but It was totally worth it!!
Next week at the IIC, I am going a few days earlier so I will get to train at his TKD school for a night. The more people I can spar the better right now.
I have a new training partner!! Her name is Lisa Perry. Lisa is 27 years old and is a 2nd degree. Lisa has been to 3 World Championships, took a break to focus on school and work and now is back training again. She’s great and is making her big come back. ! She works really hard, has the same drive as me and we can really push each other. We get along really well too, so it’s great to have another girl in the dojang to train hard with.
Before the Women’s Only portion Master Suarez went through some of Mr. LeGrows patterns with him. It was incredible to watch such skilled patterns and it was awesome to see the unity. Great job Mr. LeGrow.
Thanks again Mr. LeGrow for organizing this and thank you Master Saurez for your time. I look forward to seeing you again next week