Just wanted to share a moment

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  1. ETinCYQX

    ETinCYQX Master Black Belt

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    At my last grading, I had a parent who's been around Taekwondo in the province for years attending who isn't usually around during classes. She told me afterward, having watched me teach a little bit before the grading and demonstrate a technique for the students, that I reminded her of a certain instructor I had growing up in technique and teaching style. This particular instructor, I consider to be the best all around martial artist I know and he is the instructor I consider probably the most important to my development and the one I looked up to the most, since he was fairly young at the time and easiest for me to identify with.

    To me, this was very high praise and it made me stop and reflect on a few things. I'd consider it a turning point for sure and to be told that makes me proud of what I've done in Taekwondo.

    Has anyone else ever been likened to a former instructor of theirs? What'd you think about it? It is a bit of an odd feeling to me but a good one.
     
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    puunui Senior Master

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    I don't think I have ever had that happen to me, me being compared to one of my instructors (to me, there are no "former" instructors, anymore than there are any "former" parents). But I have had others comment that one of my students reminded them of me.
     
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    ETinCYQX Master Black Belt

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    That's true, actually, I say former because he has a dojang separate from my current instructor, who he taught for at the time. I trained at his dojang a few weeks ago.

    As trivial as it sounds it made me happy, it was probably the best compliment I've been paid in martial arts. He was instrumental as well in the KKW association process we talked about a while ago and one of the original PTF guys here so his influence on me started when I was too young to remember
     
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    WC_lun Senior Master

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    Grats man. That's a great compliment when someone compares you to someone you feel is a great martial artist and/or teacher.
     
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    chrispillertkd Senior Master

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    I have had several people tell me that I remind them of my instructor. It's an extremely gratifying and humbling experience because he's one of the best Taekwon-Doin I've seen in 26 years of training (speaking personally, I still have a long way to go before I'm anywhere near his level of proficiency). The first person to tell me that was his wife, who is also my instructor.

    Pax,

    Chris
     
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    oftheherd1 Senior Master

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    Congratulations. Nice compliment. I haven't reached a sufficient level nor taught enough for any such thing to happen to me. But I would be very honored and humbled should anyone compare me to my deceased GM.123
     

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