Monday, January 14, 2013

Enter the (Hillsboro) Dragon

The disciples and masters gathered for an ultimate martial arts showdown.
Our first martial arts tournament was a great success. I had some emotional turmoil, but now I'm okay, thank you very much.

In real life my kids were nervous they would perform poorly and others would laugh at them. This is our universal default setting as human beings. I was so happy they conquered their fears and both did great. The instructor Zach Dunn at Ernie Reyes West Coast World Martial Arts did a super job of getting them prepared for the events.

For the record nobody received mocking laughter. Support was handed out liberally and spectators enjoyed exciting displays of martial arts.

The tournament was particularly instructive as my kids aren't in any other competitive program. I'm not of the mind that competition is necessary for its own sake, but it's good to show that mindful training can have a focus and a goal.

Here's a video of some of the action:

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