There’s something exciting and invigorating about having new faces in the classes, and that’s exactly what we had this monday, just two days after our open day. To have four people come along and make that first bold step into the dojang was really pleasing, and despite some seemingly apprehensive looks beforehand, we soon got them settled in and working hard.
It’s hard to explain what it is that makes having new people in a class so much fun, but I think it’s partially down to the fact that they remind us of ourselves starting out, and we remember how much fun those first few months are. Getting bitten by ‘the bug’ is such a great feeling, and everything is new and different. That’s not to say that we’re all bitter, wisened old hands who’ve seen it all before, far from it, but starting out in Tang Soo Do is like the start of a big road trip – exciting!
I think a long road trip is quite a good analogy for a student’s journey in TSD. At the outset there’s that massive blast of excitement; you’re keen, eager and if anything like me, won’t shut up about it. You get the odd spells where it seems like it’s all a bit too much, and all you want to do is lean your head against the window and take five minutes out, but those soon wear off and leave you refreshed and chomping at the bit. It’s the journey, not the destination.
Anyway, I’m digressing here, the point of this quick update was just to express how good it is to have fresh blood in the dojang, and how much fun it is to live through those first few months vicariously. They’ve got a lot of learning, a lot of hard work, and a massive amount of fun to look forward to. I hope that comes across when we work with them in the classes.
Welcome aboard guys, enjoy the ride!