As I wait for team Canada Taekwondo athletes and coaches to arrive at Pearson International airport, I wanted to take this opportunity to send a message to all my friends and family. First, I want to thank everyone for their incredible support in “My Coach Video Contest”. On twitter and Facebook you have been liking, commenting and sharing to the point that I think we might soon be trending. J. With all that is going on, I feel like I'm living the dream because I do what I love while having the support of my family, friends and my people. By the people I mean my Taekwondo people, fitness and fellow Martial Artists. It's a great feeling to have a career that I love and work with the people that uphold a high standard for development and ethics. Though, we must persist with our efforts, not only to maintain our level of competitiveness but to reach new heights in more prestigious arenas.
Though, this journey isn’t without naysayers and those who will stand in your way. During my competitive years, I was surrounded by many elite athletes but also many who threw more excuses than kicks. The most common excuse that stood out in my mind was "you can’t make Taekwondo a career" and "I have to put food on the table." When I opened a Taekwondo school, there were those who felt you cannot have an Elite high performance program while maintaining a viable business. Once again, I believe I stood the test of time. The most shocking part was when someone from our Taekwondo Association told me you cant make fighters from the suburbs of Toronto. “they’re too soft”. I strongly disagreed, because it doesn’t matter where you come from, what matters is where you want to be.
So once again, the journey continues. While I'm here, I would like to take this moment to thank those who have mentored me and those who continue to support and stand by me. Also, thanks to those who have taken the time to vote for me in the past few days. I hope you continue to vote and share with your friends and family.
The journey continues, and it's a great one.