Also, a special congratulations to students from Shelton Martial Arts and Cherry's Karate, sister schools in the ATF.
Among the 30 odd students from these schools, many brought home trophies of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in color belt and black belt and masters forms, weapons, sparring, and breaking.
I can assure these students, both those who placed and those who did not, that all of their instructors are very proud of them and all of their efforts in preparations for and performance at the tournament this past Saturday.
Rather, a better motivation is the desire and will to better yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, and morally. By continual training and study, it is the desire of every instructor to see their students grow in these ways, imbued with the spirit of the martial arts.
We hope that all of these students will continue to grow as young people and martial artists. We encourage them to continue their study and practice forms and drills, in and out of class, diligently, as well as their academic work from their schools. While competition can be a great motivator, and a good one, it is not the only one. It is not even the best one.
Train well. Train hard.