Our most recent tournament took place this past Saturday, November 21st at Brookdale College, in Lincroft, NJ.  There were over 500 competitors from 6 different states participating at this event!  Plus we held our first ever Team Sparring and Team Combat Sparring competition.

Hesselbirg’s Taekwondo had 7 competitors at this tournament, one of which was a Tiger.  We are very proud of the students who participated at this tournament and congratulate them on their achievements and Victories!  Win/Lose/Draw it doesn’t matter.  What matters is your ability to learn, grow and meet new people with similar goals and interests.  Your goals in attending tournaments should be about putting your skills to the test, seeing where your strengths and weakness are.  Then returning to your school with renewed energy to polish your strengths and work on your weaknesses.  And of cause, coming home with a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place isn’t bad either!  But the real Goal is to challenge oneself, see what you have and what you are lacking.  And going back the next time to see if you can be Victorious or if more work is needed.

Tournaments also teach us how to handle anxiety, stress and nerves.  We learn how to keep them in check and not let them holds us back in fear.  And learning how to deal with these issues, in a positive way, is what can set your apart as a LEADER!  Leaders accept challenges head on, and that is what you are doing every time you compete at a tournament – taking on a new competitor (challenge) head on.

We look forward to the next tournament, February 27 in Edison, NJ.  The special guest will be 9th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master Lee.  We are looking to bring at least 40 competitors from our school.  This will be the largest tournament in our Region this year.  I hope many of you will be able to attend.  We will be having special tournament classes so keep listening to the announcements in class and watching the calendar.