Parents guiding sons to success

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

The “S” Factor

Saturday, December 7, 2013

SOMETIMES a person becomes successful because they have parents guiding them and shaping their values in life.

One such parent is Rogelio Lawsin, whose guidance of his nine-year-old son, world taekwondo champion Lance Lawsin include instilling the values of humility and level-headedness of one's accomplishments.

The elder Lawsin said he wants his sons Lance and fraternal twin Myles to push farther even after achieving some success.

“Since Lance already had four world titles, he now has a target set for himself in every competition,” he said.

His wife Stella Reyes-Lawsin and daughter Nathalie also share in the joys of seeing his sons win their respective tournaments.

Lance's paternal grandparents are from Tacloban City and Iloilo while his maternal grandparents are from Quezon City, Manila.

After a martial arts routine to be performed during the Fil-American community party on Dec. 7, Lance will compete in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) Super Grands tilt in Charleston, South Carolina on Dec. 26-31.

Straight from the Carolinas learned that Lance, the 2013 TryAta ESPN Invitational Champion, burst into the national scene five months ago when he won four of six events in his age group at the American Taekwondo Association Tournament of Champions in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lance is a fourth grader at South Lake Christian School in Huntersville and won in the traditional weapons, creative forms and extreme weapons categories and finished second in the creative weapons and extreme forms categories.
Lance showed his versatility in handling hand-held weapons like nunchucks.

He trains four to six hours a day weeks ahead of a competition, his father said.

For the ATA Tournament of Champions, Lance trained six days a week under Master Gonzalo Cabrera at the ATA karate club in Huntersville and with Joe Graniere at Urban Revolution in South Charlotte.

To secure a spot in the competition, Lance had to accumulate enough points for each event by competing in tournaments in Atlanta, Charleston, Las Vegas, Panama City, Florida and Pittsburg.

Lance had to finish in the top three of each event.

He competed in the eight and under 1st degree black belts in six divisions in the top 10 against the best in the world including the US, Europe, Canada and south America.

Lance was selected out of more than 200 competitors to join the TryATA ESPN Invitational tournament in Orlando, Florida last Oct. 18.

“Lance really liked martial arts from the start and I knew he had a special talent. He had this desire to learn and compete,” his mom Stella said.

When not competing, Lance plays video games and makes rainbow loom bracelets with his twin nine-year-old brother Myles and sister Nathalie.

“We were very proud of all that Lance has accomplished. To be the little kid from Huntersville competing against people from much bigger schools and much more experienced backgrounds says even more,” Rogelio Lawsin said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 07, 2013.


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