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Video Credit: Youtube/Claudia Swonger
A video recently went viral on the social media in which a young martial arts student in Florida, Phoenix Swonger was asked to kick a wooden board and break it into half.
The test took place earlier this month at Bobby Dixon’s American Martial Arts Academy in Orlando.
The manager of the dojo, Erik Gianini, was seeking to train Phoenix through the test. However, regardless of various attempts made by the little boy, he was not able to break through the plank.
Other young classmates began to cheer him up when the boy started to cry due to numerous failed attempts. He shivered, could not balance on a leg sometimes, and even gave up.
Nevertheless, the indistinct voices of other kids encouraging were like new rays of hope for him.
Phoenix’s name could be heard chanted aloud in the video while he tried kicking the board. The voice got louder and louder. And, voilà! The plank gets broken by a kick with all the strength the kid possessed. At this point, the crowd went wild.
Claudia, Phoenix’s mother, said that it was not necessary for him to break the wooden board to pass his test and promote to an advanced level. Now that he has done it, he is more confident than ever.
The mother added that even though he strived, it was because of the love he has received, coaching, inspiration and motivation that he was able to achieve what he wanted.
Through this act, according to her mother, he learnt the lesson of never giving up in life, no matter how difficult something is.
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