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.