Monday, May 2, 2016

KSW Tournament 2016

Eli went and demonstrated his ability as a Kuk Sool Won Martial artist this past weekend at the tournament in St. Louis.  He demonstrated his ability in his form Ki Cho Hyung (parts 4-6), techniques (Ki Bohn Soo 1, 3 and 9) and sparring.  We went to St. Louis on Friday night and made good time.  He got up had a good breakfast and was there by 8 am so his dad could demonstrate.  Eli video taped my participation in the tournament for 2 hours and spent time with other students from the school.

After I was done we went around campus a little bit and hung out with other students.  He also got a commemorative t-shirt from the tournament.  Surprisingly he wasn't hungry since he had a big breakfast.  He asked Caitlyn (another blue belt) if she would be his partner for his techniques.  He was happy that she said yes and she seemed to encourage and help him during their participation in the tournament.  He returned the favor and was her partner for her techniques.  First he started with his form.

Ki Cho Hyung 4-6

Ki Bohn Soo 1, 3, 9

Eli Sparring

After he was done performing we had some time to kill before the master's demonstration.  We had hot dogs for lunch (around 3 pm) and he got enough courage to say hello to Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh.  Grandmaster signed his belt and took a picture with him.  He is going to keep this belt forever he says.  He was truly excited!

Lastly, Eli got to participate in the demo for Peoria Kuk Sool Won.  Pu Sa Ba Nim jumped over him and 2 other students to break a board.  He was happy he got to participate.  We finished the night by going back to the hotel, having Mcdonald's at 8 o'clock for dinner and crashing.  We went to bed about 10:30 and he slept until 7:30.  We got up and got ready to go so we could get to Waffle House on the way out of town.  Eli at a waffle as big as the plate with chocolate chips.  He was starving.  We made it back to town about noon and he went to play like it was any other Sunday.  

I'm glad he had fun, I'm glad he made it through without throwing a fit and I'm glad he was able to channel his frustration into trying harder instead of having a melt down.  Overall, it was a great weekend that I think he wants to repeat next year.

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