Welp, I had been looking forward to Bates turning three for many reasons, one of which is he was then old enough for the Little Tigers Program at TaeKwonDo. I did all sorts of research into TaeKwonDo studios and finally decided to bite the bullet and take Bates to Franklin, about a 30 minute one way drive.
The studio there, Yong In, is mastered (is that what you call it?) by Master Kho. Master Kho was born and raised in Seoul. He graduated with a degree in TKW from Seoul University and Yong In is the premium TKW place in Korea. So for us, it was worth the drive. Bates would be studying under a legit Korean instructor, not Bubba’s take on Korean TKW.
So, after much emailing, we went to watch a lesson. Then we went to several one on one sessions with the Master. He was so patient and kind with Bates and really took his time to help him warm up. After about 5 of these one on one times, he suggested we bring him to his first real class. The whole deal, out on the floor, no mom, no dad, and participating in the class.
Saturday, Daddy (and PawPaw) took him to his class. We hoped momma not being there would help (and I was hosting a baby shower that afternoon!). We talked about how we were not going to cry, we were going to be a big boy, we were going to listen to Master Kho and say yes sir.
Welp, let’s just say that’s not what happened. I’ll make it brief but lets just say the child MELTED DOWN. He screamed and cried and did not want to go onto the floor. Master Kho kicked daddy out, hoping that would help, then kicked PawPaw out too. (Nick said he could hear him screaming outside the building!). And after about 15 minutes, Master Kho carried Bates out and told Nick he just wasn’t ready yet. He said he does a great job listening and doing the kicks and punches but just has trouble being away from momma and daddy. So, we are now TKW drop outs, with the hopes of trying again in the fall!
And of course, Brodie ate it up. He loved going and Master Kho said he was ready for class even though he’s not even two. So maybe in the fall both boys can go together.