Generation TKD

Generation TKD 2016 Christmas Party

Carla Bayot

As we come to a close on 2016, Generation TKD celebrated the last party of the year with a resounding blast.  Formalized in the reception dining room at Tarragon Restaurant in Sunnyvale, Generation TKD families and students dressed to the nines.  Complete with tuxedos, suits, heels, formal dresses and buffed up shoes, everyone showed up in their best behaviors and ready to party.  Quite a departure from their rowdy selves during tournaments and heated practices.  Master Chino, Master Cruz and their brood were all alight with profound pride of what they created before them.  

The Generation TKD Christmas Party created an atmosphere where everyone kicked off their fighting gears and faces, and enjoyed the yuletide festivities.  Students reveled in their nice outfits, but that did not stop them from being kids as they took over the dance floor.  During the school year, parents are usually off dropping kids to their after school activities, cooking quick family dinners, or trying to meet work deadlines.  In quite a contrast at the party, parents were able to just mingle with other parents, caught up on Christmas plans with each other, toasted drinks to a great year and broke bread together on what the upcoming year is to bring.

Master Chino stood agaze on the side and said, “I love this time of year.  It’s a time for families and friends, and this is what it’s all about.  I do what I do because in the end it really comes down to what we love best — the kids.”  He continued, “I can’t wait for 2017.  It’s going to be even bigger.  More things to look forward to and be proud of.  I just can’t wait to take everyone with me!”  His persona is Generation TKD.  His prideful hope was to help take all the kids to fulfill their dreams.

Yesterday, the entire competition class presented Master Chino with a “timeless piece” to thank him for all that he’s invested in them.  The children and their families stood aside as Master Chino looked upon his gift.  He reflected, “2016 wasn’t scots free from any of the usual emotional roller coaster rides service oriented businesses receive, but it truly was the year of growth emotionally, spiritually and professionally.”  He believes in the positive feedback life has to offer.  He concluded, “when you do things in God’s terms, you will receive tenfolds in return.”

Here’s to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, from Generation TKD families and staff!

Generation TKD Parents -- The Quiet Heroes

Carla Bayot

For many parents in Generation TKD, sacrifice is one word that comes to mind.  Day in and day out, students’ journey is not possible without the parental sacrifices of getting their children to class, events and tournaments.   An average of 3 - 5 hours a week is the going rate parents expend.  Monetarily parents know very well that TKD expenses can be quite costly.  Parents disregard all of this because they know the great lessons Master Chino invests in their kids to empower them, to understand the positive life benefits in art of TKD is priceless.

For some more than others, Generation classes, events and tournaments have become a source for some very meaningful friendships to flourish.  Despite the many different reasons why parents signed their children in TKD, relationships are formed, fast and very strong.  One exceptional relationships are molded and shaped very quickly are the parents in Generation TKD’s competition team.

Once a student’s invite to become a school team member, the journey is quite involved.  They travel in packs.  They get to know each other during long tournament waits (sometimes ranging from 7am to past midnight).  They look out for each other’s children.  They share hugs during wins and losses. In other words, parents become heavily invested in their children’s success (win or loose).

An eventual friendship blossoms amidst all the trials and tribulations that occurs in a span of a whole season, and eating becomes the one binding element during all of these sacrifices.  They love to eat and chat about food.  Master Chino said, “There is always food outside the dojang.  It doesn’t matter what is going on inside, the parents conglomerate, chat and bring snacks.”  Sometimes, they even take it to a restaurant or someone’s house to continue the fiesta.

After all is said and done, the mutual admiration amongst parents is quite strong, and it seeps onto their own children’s relationship during TKD classes, events and tournaments.  Master Chino often reflects and says, “without parents participation, Generation will keep going, but it won’t be as cohesive and strong.  There is clearly strength in numbers beyond my kids.  Add the parents into the mix, I feel like we are unstoppable.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, because of all of you, our students will grow as an impactful human beings in this world.”

A Thanksgiving Greeting From Generation TKD

Carla Bayot

Thanksgiving is American as apple pie and much more.  The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing, pumpkin pie and, of course, the Pilgrims and Wampanoag, the acknowledged founders of the feast.  For Master Chino’s family, who is of Filipino descent, Thanksgiving is but another day that we give thanks for the Creator’s gifts and for the well being of his family and friends.   To Master Chino giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations of all kinds.  He says, "All that I have would not possible without God, and I thank him by preaching all the good I can contribute."

Today, Thanksgiving has become synonymous to everything that may be related to FOOD.  It is the center piece and main topic people plan around this time of year.  For many Americans delight in giving regional produce, recipes and dishes are  the most important factors in making a gathering to happen. Generation TKD is no different.  Master Chino relishes in the many differing faces, ethnicity, beliefs and culture that make up his students.  The true value of Generation TKD’s diversity is in its members’ tolerance, kindness, courteousness, indomitable sprit and humility in each other.  In turn, this is reflected on the food people share in his studio.

Despite the cultural differences, gathering together in grateful appreciation for a Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family is a deeply meaningful and comforting annual ritual to most Americans.  The need to connect with loved ones and to express our gratitude is at the heart of all this feasting, prayerful thanks, recreation, and nostalgia for a simpler time. And somewhere in the bustling activity of every November's Thanksgiving is the abiding National memory of a moment in Plymouth, nearly 400 years ago, when two distinct cultures, on the brink of profound and irrevocable change, shared an autumn feast.

Master Chino said, “If there is one day each year when food and family take center stage, it is Thanksgiving.”  But throughout the year, Generation TKD is blessed to have parents sometimes bring to the dojang different types of food like lumpia, pancit, lechon, enchiladas, lasagna, fried chicken, rice, empanadas, dumplings and the occasional vegetable dishes.  As you can see, “Thanksgiving is not celebrated in just a day.  We share a common thread of generosity and kindness to each other, at anytime “, continued Master Chino.  It is a holiday about “going home” with all the emotional content those two words imply.  

“To all my athletes and their family, I would like to extend this heartfelt thanks for all that you’ve done for me and my own family.  Without you and your support, Leanne and I would not have everything that we have if not for all of you,” finished Master Chino.





Last Belt Promotion For The Year at Generation TKD

Carla Bayot

For many students in Generation TKD, signing up for martial arts was at first a daunting task.  Whatever the reason may be, joining TKD meant staying active, be courteous, gain confidence, learn and develop skills, compete in tournaments and getting promoted every few months or so.

Last Thursday and Friday, belt promotions occurred from ages 4-50+ years old.  Master Chino conducted and administered the events.  When he looked among the sea of participants, he looked tall and proud on what his students accomplished the past few months.  His belt promotions were goals set for students to strive for in their Tae Kwon Do training and personal improvement.  

Obtaining the new belt, students often ask themselves why am I doing this? For many of the younger students, it was to build confidence, humility, perseverance, indomitable spirit and integrity.  At a young age, TKD helps instill such traits and motivate self-improvements.  For his adult students, joining TKD helps them to stay active and to be very present in their children’s chosen sport.  Master Chino said, “Leading by example is how our school/family was built.  We make sure that we prop each other up and help each other by example.”

Master Chino’s belt promotion test involved drills, sparring, forms, board breaking and personal questions.  Each student did not fail because they all did their best.

Generation TKD Halloween Party

Carla Bayot

When you find Harry Potter, Vampires and Chucky in the same room, it has to be for one epic party, and that's exactly what happened at Generation TKD, on Sunday.

While costumes and candies are staple at every Halloween party, it meant much more for the kids at Generation TKD.

It's just a fun day to really hear a lot of giggle in times when training hard and practicing forms is at times the main focus for our kids.  While many of the children spend their days doing homework, chores and after school activities, Sunday, they got to forget about all of it and focus on fun.

And the event wouldn't be possible without the help of Generation staff and parents chipping in to decorate, bring food and drinks, and get the word out. They brought their friends and family members, and some even dressed up as beloved a Minnie Mouse and a HRC supporter.

“I looked over and saw 3 ninjas right there and then I saw Pikachu and Elsa.  I was just like 'oh,man! Alright, I'm in the Twilight Zone,'" said Master Chino.  “Costumes these days are so much more creative.  It’s probably because of YouTube and Instagram.  Kids just soak it up and wanna imitate.”

When you entered Generation TKD, you don’t even recognize the school.  Instructor Janelle Abcede and her family went to town with the decorations, complete with smoke machines, balloons and zombies.  The creativity and enthusiasm this year has been the best since recent past.  Students and parents were in awe and thankful for this wonderful reprieve and celebration.  "I love Halloween, it's one of my favorite holidays.  So, I just love that they're putting a lot of effort into it and making it fun," proclaimed Master Chino.

Continued Master Chino, “Seeing the kids smile makes it all worth it.  A day like today, where the kids are able to come in and enjoy doing their little festivities is just a huge thing for all of us to see.”  These parties aren't just for Halloween either.  Next up, Christmas!!!

Thank You,
Master Chino

2016 Generation TKD Christmas Party

Carla Bayot

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…is literally the most popular song that pops in everyone’s head when the thought of Christmas comes to mind.  Halloween is still a stones throw away, yet Costco and IKEA have Christmas decors up and blinking for us to feel that magic that only comes once a year.  Generation TKD is no different.

Master Chino’s quest to make sure this annual tradition is fun and exciting as ever, begins as early as September.  Tarragon Restaurant has already earned critical acclaim, from top Bay Area critics and the community.  Tarragon Restaurant brings the warmth and charm to Silicon Valley. Tarragon cuisine is served in an environment where hospitality is the focus. At Tarragon, the staff make you feel instantly welcome as if you were arriving at an old friend’s home for dinner; “an old world tradition”.  Sounds familiar?  It is because Master Chino strives the same at his TKD Dojang.  

Tarragon’s willingness to work with Master Chino and his staff to provide the best possible event is “icing on the cake,” or more apropos for this occasion “star atop the tree.”  Moving along, the party will have plenty of levity, fun, all you can eat food, dancing, raffles and gift exchanges.  Master Chino hopes that all his students and their family join him in beginning the Holiday festivities. 

Please purchase your tickets here.

Generation TKD's Fall Rumble Scrimmage Early Bird
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Generation TKD's Fall Rumble Scrimmage Early Bird

Generation TKD's Fall Scrimmage Rumble

Early Registration online pricing is at $30, but after October 29th the fee will go up to $35 at the door.

We accept credit card or cash payments at the door.

When: December 2, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: Smash Gym
             616 S. Main Street
             Milpitas, CA 95035

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Rumble Recap At Cyclone Martial Arts

Carla Bayot

Generation TKD competition team athletes attended the a rumble event at Cyclone Martial Arts.  Money raised from this rumble helped California Jr. participants going to Jr. World Championship in Canada, 4 of which are from California!  Around 60 competitors of all belts and ages competed, not for medal, but for some extra practice time.  These types of events were geared more towards self-development for young kids in sparring.  The focus was to build their sparring IQ and stamina for the sports without all the fanfare of medals and podiums.  

There were times, Master Chino encouraged scrimmages and rumbles over local tournaments for some of his competition team athletes.  He has said, “this is where you get to practice what you learn in class on someone who is not your teammate.  Fight your fight, whether you win or lose the most important thing to take from it is what you learned.”  His technique was to remove them from their comfort zone, and execute what was retained during his class.  Generation TKD is all about building up to a greater goal — practice and execute beautifully.

Attendees' picture before the rumble.

Attendees' picture before the rumble.

Russell in the octagon cage.

Russell in the octagon cage.

Kamsahamnida (감사합니다), 
Master Chino

Sparring Rumble at Cyclone Martial Arts

Carla Bayot

Sparring rumble time!!!  It’s the first one for the year leading up to the US National tournament that Generation TKD will be attending.  On Sunday October 9th, California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA) is helping promote these rumbles to help our Jr. World Championship participants.  Money raised from this rumble will help California Jr. participants going to Jr. World Championship in Canada, 4 of which are from California!  Master Chino will be taking some of his athletes to help prepare them for the CUTA State Championships, which will take place April 2017.

If you have never attended a rumble, the premise is simple.  They provide rings, referees and electronic scoring.  Participants, Coaches and Parents show up, check in and start finding someone interested in having a sparring match with their player.  Master Chino prefers his students to match themselves within the same belt level or higher.  After any match, bow, shake hands, find another match and start again.  Their referees maintain safety by using the correct rules for each age group and although they score the match, no winners are declared.  Master Chino believes rumbles/scrimmages are the best learning and practice experiences which helps develop and attain a higher level of sparring in an athlete.

See you on October 9th, 2016 at

Cyclone Martial Arts 
4555 Las Positas Road
Livermore, CA 94551

There will be a $35 fee for each competitor at the door.

Kamsahamnida (감사합니다), 
Master Chino

Generation Taekwondo Halloween Party

Carla Bayot

Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts.  Generation TKD is no different.  Master Chino enjoys brief reprieves from all the hard work his kids put into their training.  “All work and no play, burns out kids.  There are certain expectations throughout the year, and I expect to enjoy a bit of levity around Halloween time”, quips Master Chino.

On Sunday October 30th, Master Chino wants to invite all his students and parents to help him celebrate such a festive occasion at his school.  Come one, come all and enjoy the Halloween Party.  Dress in your best costume and enjoy some:

  • Bouncy-Jumpy House
  • Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy
  • Costume Contest
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • and BOB-the-punching-bag

Please bring one bag of candy per family to share with everyone.

Kamsahamnida (감사합니다), 
Master Chino

The Road To Nationals for Generation TKD

Carla Bayot

The countdown to Nationals begins today!  Though we don’t know the exact date when in July 2017 Nationals will be, USA Taekwondo is excited to announce that the 2017 National Championships will be held in Detroit, Michigan.  Further details will be released next week, along with information on the 2018 & 2019 National Championships host cities.  Let’s all cross our fingers that San Jose, CA will be one of the hosting states for the future dates.  After all, we need to represent our home city.

Regardless of when and where Nationals will be held, Master Chino is always of the mindset, “the road to Nationals” begins when the week after the previous Nationals ended.  It’s a never ending form of hunger he wants his kids to always crave.  For him, getting ready for Nationals is a whole body and life experience.  Train hard comes in many forms for him — meditate, take breaks, eat right, rest, drink lots of water, do well in school and practice what you learn — these are clear mantras he evokes to his kids.  Training for him is an “all the time” state of mind.  

Master Chino said, “When your mind is connected to your body, the soul is immediately nourished.”  He simply wants his kids not to just focus on a certain event to get better. He provides a sustainable approach for his kids to gear up as if they’re always going to compete to be the best.  “Always put your best foot forward on everything you do.  All I could ask is when you commit, you commit full heartedly,” quipped Master Chino.  So you see, the road to Nationals is a way of life for Generation TKD kids.  It is just an event, but it’s an event kids strive for on their everyday goals.