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March 01, 2019

Good morning crew,

Sometimes you're just not prepared for honesty. I wasn't when I confronted one of the little kids at the taekwondo school the other afternoon.

I had just started class and the kids knew I was going to start them off with squat thrusts (or burpees as they're sometimes called) or knuckle push-ups or jumping jacks, or more likely all of them, and they were just dreading it.

I said, "Okay, let's start with..." but before I could finish my instruction a young girl (maybe 9 or 10) blurted out, "Let's play dodgeball!"

This is something we do on occasion as a special treat; we divide the kids up on either side of the dojang and let them whip balls at each other. They love it, probably because it is a waste of time, but I still foolishly cling to the idea that the purpose of a martial arts school is to teach martial arts, not dodgeball.

So I stopped and got the attention of the entire class before addressing the girl who had interrupted me. I asked her very simply, "Why are you here?"

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I, of course, expected her to say, 'To learn taekwondo,' or something similar, because I already had a lecture in my mind about how the lessons of taekwondo; perseverance, determination and discipline, would last the kids a lifetime if they took them seriously.

But she said nothing of the sort. She immediately answered with, "Because my parents made me come."

And like I said, I wasn't prepared for that kind of honesty. I didn't know what to say.

So we played dodgeball.

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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