It is my great privilege to teach martial arts and it has afforded me many great opportunities in other areas. I never expected to end up in the position of Chief Instructor or to be responsible for the futurers of other students journey into excellence.
Many see it as an ‘activity’ which is one of many that parents sign their kids up for the summer or to build a resume for a good college. It is more than an activity
Your instructors have spent long hours studying and practicing – more than any doctor, lawyer or other ‘professional’ that has gone to college, post-graduate, medical or law school. A black belt is a master of basics – just the beginning to an understanding of ‘the way’. We are not just kicks and punches, but a way of avoiding or de-escalating and coming to understanding and solving problems calmly and with out violent actions or words.
Do not let the martial arts be an ‘activity’ – it enhances all other areas of life. Let it grow into a passion. I did not start out with a great passion. It was to lose weight, be more healthful and do it in a more interesting way than other exercise programs. Many colleges now look for a prospective students passion: a thing that has been a constant in the childs life.
So many life skills are rooted in a martial arts education. Ask me more.