SINGAPORE - When Russell Seow, 10, won a bronze medal in the 2nd International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Asia Championship in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month, he was not the only winner in his family.
His mother won a silver in the "Individual Pattern Senior Female 1st Degree" category and a bronze in the "Team Pattern Adult Female" category.
Six years ago, Madam Carnation Chai, would never having imagined taking up taekwon-do, let alone competing in international tournaments.
The 41-year-old, who works in an investment bank, said that initially, the classes were just for Russell.
"When he was four, I noticed he was hyperactive and needed something to do. So I signed him up for trial lessons and he liked it," she said.
Worried that he was too young to understand the training and exams, she joined the class temporarily until he would become familiar enough to attend classes by himself.
"Two months into the classes, the coaches encouraged me to join a local taekwon-do tournament. I thought, why not, and in the end, I actually won a medal.