Hard Corps – Tess
One of Hard Corps survivors – Tess Borgra:
Tess originally was a parent spectator for almost 2 years. She had her son enroll in our Karate Kids program and watched his development with interest as he progressed up through the program. Eventually she had enough of watching and decided to join the fun herself in our Family Tae Kwon Do class. Tess was very, very shy at first. But, she was also very, very interested in learning and improving her Tae Kwon Do skills. After about 4 ½ years Tess passed her Black Belt exam. Still quiet, she became a very driven martial artist. Now, as a 2nd Degree Black Belt Tess is a valuable member of our Instructors Corps often leading class by herself. To describe her as generous is an understatement. Tess often will come into the studio on her own time to help another Tae Kwon Do student whether that help is technical or even personal. She has proven herself against other Black Belts in the sparring ring again and again. Additionally, she is an avid cyclist and has completed the MS-150 several times. Tess is a force to be reckoned with.
Here is what Tess has to say:
“Blue Wave and its people have ingrained themselves into my soul. Over the past 10 years, they have become the family I chose and I feel misplaced without them when I’m unable to go.
I loved the (Hard Corps) challenges. I’m a competitive person and it brought out the best or worst of me, depending on your view. This year was the first in a long time that I was unable to take a vacation. Hard Corps gave me something unique to do over the summer and I had a blast.
The first challenge for me was not doing the physical work, but posting it on social media. On one hand it felt a little embarrassing, letting people know I was doing something they might think was crazy, or seeming like a braggart. Then I thought, well maybe I could get one other person motivated, that would be awesome. The more individual challenges I completed, the stronger and more assured I became. I like it when I have a goal and can push myself to the end. I actually kind of miss them, even the burpees.”
– Tess Borgra