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"Wax On, Wax Off"

September 6, 2014
Terry Vaughan

No one portrayed an underdog quite like John Avildsen. He made Sly Stallone a household name as Director of the 1976 film "Rocky" and 8 years later he followed up with one of the most inspirational  movies of all-time: "The Karate Kid."

You know the script. Daniel LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio, was a high school senior who moves from Newark to the hardscrabble California neighborhood of Reseda. Targeted and beaten by a gang of martial arts bullies known as Cobra Kai, Daniel turns to the apartment handyman for help.  Mr. Miyagi (an Academy Award nominated performance by Pat Morita) patiently teaches Daniel the value of detail and patience in achieving goals. Daniel never understood why Miyagi assigned him long and painstaking menial chores such as painting his fence and waxing his car until weeks later when the discipline gained resulted in a legendary Crane kick that sent the leader of the Cobra Kai to the mat and provided Daniel with a championship trophy in the All-Valley Karate Tournament.

Daniel never envisioned greatness would be within his grasp as he was applying wax to Miyagi's vintage car. It had to be done a particular way. Miyagi's specific instruction to "Wax On, Wax Off" gave Daniel the muscle memory he needed to succeed at his new craft while instilling the discipline essential to capturing greatness.

For the second consecutive week, a young and developing Bradford team faced Cobra Kai. A talented Suwannee squad delivered a vicious blow in week one. This time, the swift kick came from the 5A Baker County Wildcats who waxed the Tornadoes by nearly 6 touchdowns.

Currently, the Tornado Program is in the fence painting and car waxing stage. Putting in the hard work while listening to Coach Green's words of encouragement. Like Miyagi, Coach Green knows that his players must be willing to take their lumps now while they learn what it takes to compete and win.

Someone once defined the term Discipline as follows: "A willingness to give up something you want now in order to acheive something you want more later."

A bit bruised and battered, the Tornadoes may have some difficulty in seeing the big picture. But they must be willing to give up some victories now in order to lay the foundation for bigger things later.

There will come a time when Bradford will be delivereing the kicks and winning the trophies. Until then, we must be patient while the wax is being applied.