By Daniel Infante Tuaño
BARCELONA, Spain – “Madaling matutunan ang pagsipa at pagsuntok. Mas mahirap i-mold ang good character,” said Elmar Dimayuga, coach and owner of Sant Pau Jade Taekwondo D’Warriors.
Aside from teaching martial arts, Dimayuga recognizes the important role the Barcelona-based school plays in inculcating values among its students who are mostly young Pinoy-Spaniards.
He teaches them the values of perseverance, good time management and commitment to training when preparing for a competition.
“There should be a balance between physical, mental and spiritual. Although nag-train, importanteng humingi ng tulong at magdasal,” he said.
And if they win, he reminds them to stay humble.
The school has already gained the respect of taekwondo clubs in Spain as its young taekwondo jins bagged almost 400 medals and trophies from local and national competitions, including best coach for Dimayuga.
Recently, Dimayuga’s trainee and own son Jade Mariele had won gold in the national taekwondo competition and was selected to be part of the Spanish national team to compete in the 5th European Taekwondo Cadet Championships held in Bucharest, Romania.
Eleven-year-old Jade did not win any medal but was awarded for being the youngest contestant and was given the Fair Play Award in the Men’s Division for playing clean and fair, not committing any single foul in the entire game.
Dimayuga is also aware of the problems that confront the youth and the Filipino community in Barcelona such as vices and teenage pregnancies, which he partly blames to lack of quality time spent by overworked migrant parents with their children.
‘Kinakausap ko lalo na ang mga babaeng istudyante ko tungkol sa pagbubuntis nang maaga. Pinapaalalahanan ko rin ang mga istudyante na kahit bata pa sila tungkol sa drugs, panandalian lang sira na ang buhay mo. Ang paninigarilyo useless din kahit athlete ka pa,” he said.
He is happy though that some parents manage to find time to cheer for their children every time they compete.
“Importante ang moral support ng pamilya. Nakakatulong sa relationship ng bata at parents tuwing may competition dahil mas nagkakaroon ng bonding,” said Dimayuga.
Dimayuga, a blackbelter and former Lyceum of Batangas varsity, dreams big and hopes that someday his students can also compete in the Olympics.
Asked which country they would represent, Philippines or Spain, he answered, “I would prefer them to represent Spain as they will be given all the support they need. Mas mabibigyan sila ng break. Spain looks more at one’s attitude and capability, and the system is more rigid. Mas maraming opportunities for them.” ABS-CBNnews.com