We hope we left behind a worthy footprint in this school.
My dad’s birth anniversary was arriving this July, 21, and I thought …. let me gather a few good friends and ask them to share a tiny bit of ourselves, whatever little knowledge we have gained from our own footprints, with some children we consider less privileged.
I have lately been indulging in fitness/strength training/better nutrition seriously, and decided to impart some information about fitness and nutrition with these children.
So I invited Sandeep, he responded in less than the blink of an eye and was enthusiastic from the my first message to him. I did not ask him, I told him to join me and he agreed. 🙂 Thank you.
(I had asked another special being in my life lately, Ayesha, a professional trainer, but she could not make it due to her exams 😦 and the children missed her for sure.)
Sandeep Sachdev (Motivational Speaker, Nutrition Manager, Fitness Consultant, #FitnessFirst, and Film Actor) suggested that advise about fitness & nutrition etc their Taekwondo coach Jaydeep Kadam can take care of very well.. … “what I would love to impart to them is to do with their mind wellness. Motivational. Let me speak to them about things that may evoke in them self-confidence, courage, team spirit, team work…” I agreed in less than a blink of my eye.
And I thought, I love this guy. 🙂
These are Sandy’s thoughts on our experience with the nearly 50 children, who are learn Taekwondo:
I am happy Rakesh celebrated his dad’s birth anniversary in July in such a manner, by making us skilled and privileged beings available to under privileged children, indeed something others may want to follow while celebrating any occasion of their loved one – Sharing our knowledge with those who don’t have access to us.
The Power Stance I thought the children is about always being in a ‘ power position.’ A confident way of holding your stance. It determines and displays confidence in a person even if he or she does not speak a word and build self-confidence. Interestingly strong spirit, attitude, and self-confidence are amongst the main principles of Taekwondo.
The game i made them play (about getting to know each other’s names, their dates of birth and which is their favorite food item) is something I learnt from my friend Ritesh. The idea is to get to know each other better which can is the key to the basics in any form of team building activity and building relationships and any career. “
The most valuable stuff that I learnt from these (Taekwondo students) children was, life is only about channelizing yourself to the sources where you can get the best energies from, and the energy that every kid had there was much powerful than I could have imagined. You could see the Grit in their attitude to learn and spread the same energy to their friends and family. I had sported a very funny look for this occasion too to make the experience even a funny one along with the fun aspect.
But what touched me the most, are 3 things, they did whatever tasks were asked to be done with a smile, they displayed immense respect for their coaches right from displaying discipline form the moment their entered the room till they laid the Mats till they greeted us off, and lastly, each and every kid who came to shake hands while we were off to living our normal lives. Those tiny hand shake on the Bahubali sized hands I have just made every second of being there so worth it. I am sure Mr. Anand Bakshi up from there also had a happy tear in his eyes.
– @SandeepFatty #SandeepSachdev
It was interesting to hear the children’s’ response to Sandeep’s question to them, ‘what do you want to be in life when you grow up…?’ And amongst the most interesting answers was what some girls said “… Police… Actor….” and one little girl aged 6 years young perhaps said “Indian Army” Jai Hind! Did you know, one of the principles taught in Taekwondo is: Respect to national flag.
One of the two emotional moments for me was when I was introducing Sandeep to the children, the manner in which they were gazing at me, their expectations from us, made me almost teary eyed. And I felt I hope we can really give them something today that they can carry with them fondly their lifetimes.
The second special moment happened when we were leaving, nearly every student came up to me and Sandy and shook our hand and bowed (Taekwondo way of showing gratitude) and I nearly ran away from them as I felt really emotional then.
They remain etched in our minds and in the fond memory of my father #AnandBakshi I will be donating a Taekwondo set for a child amongst them who next wins the championship and I have conveyed this wish to their very fine coach Jaydeep Kadam.
The two video clips I have posted are the moments I enjoyed the most, when Sandeep taught them the power stance, he made them say aloud “More Power 24 Hours!” and the other clip is the Taekwondo gesture of saying Thank you with a bow. The kids were very happy at these moments.
We both hope we left behind a worthy footprint in this workshop.