Monday, June 4, 2012
World Champion Lauren Kearney
Lauren was amazing, you could tell she had unbelievable patience, especially for a girl in her 20's teaching the children's class first, and then another hour to the adults after that! I really didn't feel as "green" as I thought I might. And to my relief, didn't feel like I dropped the staff more than everyone else...even still I did a bunch of times! She did a fantastic job at going really slow at first and breaking down the moves, then as we understood them, and felt more comfortable, learning to use more force and speed behind them. She walked around answering questions and helping those that were taking a little longer understanding (one was me!). She was classy, mature, honorable, everything you would imagine a World Class athlete would be...or hope them to be! She truly was! She told us her Mom who coached her used to tell her she could not put a move in her form until she could do it 10 times perfectly!
She even ran past the hour and then even stayed for questions and autographs. She had brought photos, but also signed people's bo's or whatever they requested. She listened to everyone that spoke with her, like you were the only one in the room. She also did a bo form for the children at the end of their class and one for us without the bo as well.
Here is an example from UTube of one of the moves she taught the "double double":
Here she is competing at Diamond Nationals 2007
She ROCKS the Bo staff!!! Thank Lauren! She even knew my original instructor John Payton who was a former member of the team she represents "Team Paul Mitchell", and from whom I received my black belt in Ty Kwon Do.
If you ever get a chance to train with Lauren...do it. you won't regret it. (period)