How Your Instructor Tim Thackrey Found His Purpose And You Can Too

You ever wanted to quit Taekwondo?

It’s easy to decide you can’t do something if it’s difficult at first. You may have lost every sparring match for a year and gotten close to deciding it just wasn’t for you. But perserverance is one of the most important life skills you can learn. Today you’ll be learning about your pre training instructor Master Tim Thackrey got started on his path to coaching Olympians and becoming one of the most renowned trainers in the world.

Like many stories it started with losing. And losing a lot.

Your pre training coach Master Tim Thackrey wasn’t a naturally talented athlete. Master Thackrey lost every fight from 15-17. So he had to deeply study the sport and find what worked for him in a way that a more talented athlete might not have needed to. This study and hard work paid off.

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Master Thackrey ended up winning the Pan Am Games for his weight class and getting a bronze at Worlds. He desperately wanted to go to the Olympics but he didn't make it.

He thought to himself that he wished he knew the things he'd learned by the end of his career at the beginning. So he dedicated his life to passing on that knowledge and training athletes to reach the Olympics and achieve their dreams. Now he is one of the most sought after trainers in the world.

So the lesson for this week is don't give up on yourself. Effort and hard work can help you get where you need to go. Talent takes you so far. Hard work gets you the rest of the way.

It also helps to find a coach who believes in you and can teach you the lessons they learned in their life to help you get ahead.

Your homework for this week is to seek out someone you can learn from and ask them to help you learn a skill you've been struggling with. Go to your parents or your martial arts instructor and tell them what you wish to learn. Remember that true victory is only possible after experiencing many defeats. Your instructor Tim Thackrey lost every match from 15-17 and made it to Worlds and got a bronze medal.

Imagine what's possible for you with the right attitude.

TKD Kicks Corona Organizers 20/20 Armor want to help you reach your goals and get ahead with your Taekwondo Training. And for that you need the right equipment.

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We (you) did it!!!

We had 1,500 participants who showed up for the amazing TKD Kicks Corona training session. We have never heard of a taekwondo class that big. Well done!!

You should be very proud of yourself for standing with the TKD community and fighting for the doctors and nurses on the frontline protecting our families. 

The event has raised $8000 dollars so far! To put that number in perspective, that’s enough for 25,000 masks! You can still donate by going here 

Let’s get to $10,000!!!

For those of you who missed the class, it’s at the top of this post for you to watch whenever you’d like.

We’d like to thank our incredible instructors. Here are their social media handles if you want to thank them or ask them to do a seminar in the future with you:

Master Tim Thackrey@timthack 

Master Johnny Nguyen @jwintkd

Master Claire Kim

Master Stephen Lambdin @stephenlambdin

Master Yvette Yong @yvetteyong.canada

Thank you for creating such a high energy training session and sharing your insights on facing failure, learning from defeat and how to be brave in times like this. It was a truly inspiring experience for everyone who attended. 

We Think You’ll Find These Guys Useful. 

We handpicked these companies to sponsor this event because they make their living helping martial arts practitioners, club owners and parents. Here is what they do, and their websites:

Juice Compound – They do remote coaching – you got a taste from coach Tim Thackrey in class today. There’s a reason Olympians rely on Juice Compound.  They bring  out the best in athletes across the globe. 

2020 Armor:  They provide Martial art scoring vests for your school, home training and high performance teams. 20/20 Armor generates revenue for club owners AND elevates individual practitioners by providing them the analytics they need to level up their performance. 

Prima IP – They do intellectual property for big and small businesses, and this brilliant company is run by Master Marcelo Sarkis. He is an expert in the field and a martial artist. if you need IP services, he is the person to go to.  

Block Insurance: Ms Beth Block is no stranger to the martial art community.  She’s helped school owners for 30 years. If you are a club owner and need to talk to someone who knows their stuff when it comes to insurance and martial art schools she is the leading expert in the industry. There is no one better.

Spark Membership:  Spark Membership provides best in class software for your martial art school. The owners are very successful school owners themselves – so they developed a system to make it easier for you to run your club. Whether it’s automations, marketing or upgrades they’ve got you covered. 

Pulse Taekwondo: The man running this whole thing behind the scenes is Master Emerson Wong. An expert in martial art training, video, stunts, XMA. He also runs three amazing schools. Please check to see if you are close to any of his locations by visiting his link.

Akross – If you need martial art supplies, these are the guys to go to in Canada. Again, this company is run by martial artists who are passionate about the business and have top notch customer service.  

Thank you to everyone in our community who came together with us to make history.  We couldn’t appreciate you more.