There were several reasons we chose Tae Kwon Do as Spencer’s first “group participation sport.” Some of the reasons were cultural, some of them behavioral, and some of them were of what I consider the “mama’s prerogative” nature. Two of these more “mama’s prerogative” reasons included “no weekend commitments” (what can I say… weekend time is too precious around here!) and “no competition.” Don’t get me wrong… I think that competition is good for your soul, spirit, and confidence. But, I wasn’t on board for that at age four. Tae Kwon Do offered the perfect solution… lots of focus on team work, but no competition… except for that of the self-competition/strive for improvement/belt testing variety. Now, I’m not living with my head in the sand. I know there are competitions in Tae Kwon Do, it’s an Olympic sport even! But that was for when he was older.
Or so I thought.