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Great Football Play Started In Karate…

So it’s football season… and here’s a play that started when this Karate student was 3…

As everybody knows I don’t usually write personal stuff on this blog but I have to make an exception for this story about my son. A lot of you know him personally and many of you since he was born and if so you know he loves football!

Well, watch this play! This was his last play as a High School football player… (and he is defensive tackle, number 73)…

Karate Student Football Steal and Run

The thing you may not know is – playing for the biggest high school division in AZ (that means huge schools) – he was one of the only players his freshman year NEVER to play tackle football (or any organized football) before he tried out for the freshman team. The other kids knew plays, the formations, techniques – and football is a very technical game. He was starting from nothing.

But he started every game.

Obviously, I am very proud of him, but I also want to point out how this started when he was 3. This started when we did goal setting in Taekwondo class and the physical skills he learned about working hard – to the point that it was “normal” to work hard – made it so when he was in football practice at 14, staying till 7:30pm wasn’t a big deal (and truthfully, football is one of the more brutal practices you can have). Every class, working with all the instructors (not me personally all the time) pushed him to get better gradually over so many years.

So, I am not just “saying it” when I say Karate built the foundation for this success. We should be serious about all this martial arts training mattering because – at least for me – I see it in my kid.

Anyway, enjoy the play – it’s really awesome!





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