RED DEER, Alberta — Master Rim, the head coach of Master Rim’s Taekwondo in Red Deer, has been coaching the sport for 24 years.
His impressive background in Taekwondo includes a 7th degree black belt and coaching the national teams of Ukraine and Canada for 15 years.
For Master Rim, the most memorable competitions his Red Deer team has competed in include The Canadian National Championships and The Korean Ambassador’s Cup, both of which took place on-line during the COVID pandemic.
“(For my team) overcoming such obstacles like the pandemic to continue their love of sport was very meaningful for me,” he said.
Master Rim strives to maintain a fun and positive atmosphere among the coaches and athletes, and when loses occur, like they inevitably will, he trains his team to focus on what they can control, learn from the loss, remove the experience from their heart and move on to their next goals.
Master Rim has enjoyed many proud coaching moments.
“When my athletes win world championships and when I see a white belt student become a black belt, I am proud. Watching a shy, little bullied kid become a confident and kind young individual makes me proud. In fact, just watching the everyday successes of my students makes me proud.”
As much as Master Rim is proud of his athletes when they win a competition, he notes that winning is not everything.
“Developing them to be champions in life is far more important and you can’t do it alone. You need a good team of athletes and team of staff working together.”
Master Rim wants the positive life lessons his athletes learn in his Taekwondo classes to continue for generations.
“I want my students and students of my students to continue to give positive influence to the people and make them happier individuals and continue to unlock their potential.”
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