!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s) {if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); fbq('init', '501932787696985'); fbq('track', 'PageView'); n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)}; if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version='2.0'; n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,'script', 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js'); fbq('init', '501932787696985'); fbq('track', 'PageView');
top of page

I'm pretty awesome out there!


Hello warriors,

I hope your week has been fantastic!☺️ As I sit here reflecting on the week, and my journey on the martial arts over these past 31 years, my favorite part is watching the reactions of new members when they come in


You see I was a shy kid

And like a few kids who come here, they're either shy or sometimes full of energy!


The beauty of martial arts, is in the shy kids it breaks you out of your shell and the more rambunctious kids it teaches them to calm down.


So this week we had two new members start out. Each of them while a little apprehensive and nervous, took to the mat and went along with the group. To me that's the hardest part actually walking in the door 😉


One girl after doing her first class when Mom asked her, "how did you like it?"her reaction was "I loved it!" I'll be honest it felt really good to hear that from a student.


But one of the most fun and entertaining ones was from a little boy this week. He started out on a Monday, he's about 5 or 6 years old, and went to the mat with the other kids his age.


I just happened to be teaching sticks that day which can be a hard lesson for first lesson but it is our curriculum. And while he was a little nervous he did very well in the class. The best part was the next day, after class two and being in his full uniform, t-shirt, the whole nine yards... He came out of Zion's class walked out the front door and said.."I'm pretty awesome out there!"🤣🤣🤣


One of our adult members waiting for his daughter to finish her class told him, "I love the confidence there!"


Now I remember back in the day, and instructor with a chastise that child for being arrogant. But I know how it is to be shy and apprehensive and to find something that you finally can do on your own. Something you don't have to be judged for other than earning your belt, something you can actually do and be a whole new group of friends and mentors.


Why chastise that confidence? In fact I encouraged it. I told him "if you're awesome now imagine how you'll be in a year!"


Never stifle someone coming out of their shell. Encourage them to do it in a proper way and you'll do more help for the world by creating the next generation of leaders.


And for me this week, these two students, or why I continue to train and teach after 31 years. I look forward to the next generation!




25 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comments


bottom of page