I just got home from an extremely long trip with my boys. We drove from NJ to Toronto for an International TaeKwon Do world cup competition. It took me most of the next day to recover from the ride.
My oldest is a III Dan (black belt), my 17 year old is a I Dan and my little guy is a yellow belt. The big boys had training seminars for a couple of days and two days of competition. They have been participating at the international level for quite a while and have friends from all over the world (literally). They spent time sightseeing with friends from South Africa, Italy, Germany, Maylasia and more. These kids are all in the same competition level and fight well in the ring, but are friends outside it. There were 20 countries represented. Some of the competitors are from countries that are government sponsored. Some, Russia, Kashakstan, and turkey come to mind, are not as social during the off time. I always tell my boys how lucky they are to know so many different people from so many cultures.
The results are: My oldest placed 4th in patterns and sparring ( only medals for 1st - 3rd) He is also part of TEAM USA and they came in 4th in sparring.
My 17 yr old placed 3rd in paterns.
My 6 year old placed 2nd in patterns and 3rd in sparring....he loves showing off his medals!
This is my oldest and a Master from Maylasia
My 17 yr old with a friend from Ireland
My little guy
Just had to brag....