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Jessi, you don’t know me but I have seen you compete in a couple of tournaments including the national championships this past weekend. I am Eric Frazier from Tennessee, am a 35 year old middle school teacher here, and the head coach of 2 competitive sports (track & field and Cross Country). I understand, as a past athlete, the discipline it takes to be the best and what it takes to compete at the highest level. I understand the commitment, the drive, and the perseverance it takes to achieve a goal no matter how easy or challenging the pursuit. I understand and have felt the weight of my teammates, and at this stage in life my athletes, weighing down on me to win by being at my best or to make the best decisions that puts them in a position to win. Being a leader, one who leads by example, can be one of the biggest challenges a person can face. It takes a special person to take the reins of a wild stallion and tame the beast; physical strength to show him who’s boss, love to show him you care, and a passionate desire to see him through the tough times when the beast tries to come back out. Jessi, I don’t know you personally but I can see from the stands that you are a strong person with the desire to be the best you can be, and that you are willing to take the load of those lesser and carry them to success. I had an eagle-eye on you this weekend not just on the mat but in the corner of younger athletes and in the halls far away from competition and you my friend are the real deal. God has given you a great challenge and you are living up to it from my prospective. Keep up the great work both for personal improvement and what you do for others. The biggest reason for my writing you is to say thanks for inspiring the younger generation of kids you don’t even know. My nephew, Abram Loudermilk, competed w/the Chung Do Black Belt Academy out of Knoxville Tn. He won the national in sparring and in Kama’s and went on to win Grand Champion in Kama’s. Every time you competed or were even around Abram his eyes lit up and he was totally focused on you and what you were doing. I know that can be a huge burden and my intention is not to put that on you but I never heard a negative statement from your mouth or a physical disapproval/disappointment in your face towards anyone. You are a great role model for Abram and all those young kids out there and everywhere you go. I’ve rambled on long enough. All this to say God bless you in all your adventures and keep up the amazing work you are doing.
One last thing and I’ll shut up… I was very inspired by what I saw in everyone in the Chung Do Kwan Association, I’m trying to figure out a way to make it work for me to begin taking TKD myself.
Blessings to you and all you do.
CMS Head Coach
Track & Field