Friday, June 16, 2006

Simple Pleasures

Many a martial arts father will enjoy this story.

My youngest son began studying Tae Kwon Do this week at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. He is trying so hard to be like his older brother, who is a green belt/black stripe. He also constantly looks over to my wife and me for affirmation.

I'll be the first to tell you that I am one of those parents that cheer their children on in anything they do. I do this act respectfully as I certainly don't yell and scream like some fools do.

Well...last night was our youngest son's second class. He's already speaking a little Korean-terminology, being respectful, and learning his front kick, punch, and low/high blocks. As you can imagine, I was beaming. I was a father on cloud nine.

At the same time as the TKD class, JFBC was hosting a "Gang Task Force" presentation in the room across. The presentation included police officers from the county.

But, before they went into the presentation, they looked in on the class (TKD) and pointed at our youngest son. These fairly large fellows were very impressed with his discipline. They kept smiling while pointing to his stances, blocks, and kicks. Oh, and these guys weren't making fun of my son, oh no. They were impressed at how disciplined this very young boy could be. Police officers love respectful, disciplined persons no matter how young or old they may be.

Okay, enough bragging. I'll come down from my cloud now...

1 comment:

John Vesia said...

Discipline, and especially respect are things that are usually learned at home before they can be acquired at a martial arts school. You have a right to be proud.