I had an awesome time in Chicago at this year’s USA Taekwondo National Championships. Here is a video of the three fights that I won and some photos from the event.
Chicago was an unbelievable experience. It brought great memories and great lessons. Both of which were equally rewarding.
I enjoyed the time spent with my family. It felt great to have them cheering me on as I went for the gold. I came up short this year and didn’t make it onto the medal stand. I dominated three fights and most of my fourth before losing in the quarterfinal round. It was a good run and represented Michigan and myself well!
The opponent I lost to was no slouch either, being a former Junior National Team Member and having an Olympic Coach in his chair. I stayed in the fight and didn’t back down. I realized that I belong on that medal stand and I’m one of the big boys now.
My opponents coach shared some valuable words with me that inspired and resonated with me. “You can look at the score and see one thing, but if you watched the fight it was a lot closer than you think.” To hear that from him definitely lifted my spirits up because I was one fight away from a medal round.
Chicago was beneficial to me because I was able to see and feel for myself that all my training and preparation paid off and I’m heading into the right direction. I’ll see you all at the next event in Decatur, GA! Time to prepare and make myself the best me I can possibly be! Live the impossible!
FYI: David is in the blue for the first two fights and in the third fight he is wearing red.
Be sure and turn on the HD for the video…
Photo’s From The Event
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