How many 10 year old girls do you know who have a 2nd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo? Well, now you can say you know at least one! Lilly Hoy recently received her 2nd Degree black belt (She got her first degree when she was only 8!).
Lilly lives here in San Elijo Hills with her mom and dad and her adventures in TaeKwonDo began when she was just four years old. Her mom, Stacey, has been doing TaeKwonDo for about 20 years. Stacey took five years off during the years surrounding her pregnancy with Lilly. When she got back into it, she knew it could be a fantastic activity for Lilly as well.
Martial arts can be a great discipline – not only for the physical benefits, but students learn about respect, focus, and a host of other fantastic aspects of developing character. Stacey also knew that her daughter would benefit from having a positive outlet for frustration and other emotions that girls don’t always get an opportunity to develop.
TaeKwonDo has been a shared mother-daughter journey for Lilly and Stacey. Stacey recently tested for her fourth degree black belt and Lilly was there to watch and support her. So, having this shared practice, they get to take turns supporting each other as they progress in their discipline. They have also developed a wonderful extended family at the studio where they practice each week and participate in a variety of competitions. There’s a lot that goes into a black belt – it’s a test of physical endurance and there’s a mental aspect as well. The test involves a written test and students are required to learn some Korean as well.
The skills Lilly has learned through TaeKwonDo will serve her throughout her life and we think that’s worth celebrating! Congratulations Lilly! (You, too, Stacey!) We can’t wait to see what’s next!