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I'm Not a Miracle Worker But I Want to Help

Posted: October 18, 2017

Let me be clear, I believe martial arts is an amazing activity that can help students gain confidence, discipline, and respect...but it's not a magic bullet. Helping a child learn these skills is a partnership. For students to internalize the lessons we teach they need to be reinforced at home as well.

Can you imagine if you went to a personal trainer who kicked your butt two hours a week and then went home and ate nothing but donuts and french fries the rest of the time? It's obviously not the personal trainer's fault you're not losing weight. It's the lifestyle outside of the gym that's causing the issue. Our instructors are like personal trainers. We're going to give you the tools but you have to help reinforce the skills at home.

I can't tell you the number of times I've seen a student show respect and confidence in class and then immediately start to act out after class and never get reprimanded by a parent. As instructors we do our very best to instill the life lessons we teach every time a student is in class but that gives us only a few hours of influence on a student a week. To really make the training stick parents and family members need to continue to carry on the Pillars of Excellence at home.


How to Be a Worker of Excellence

Posted: October 11, 2017

This past weekend I was working at our communities big festival. This festival features tons of food booths put together by local community groups and non-profits to help raise funds. It's an amazing event and a lot of fun.

Each year I get the opportunity to supervise a few of the shifts put together at our church's booth. Usually at least one of these shifts is manned by a lot of middle and high schoolers. Over the years I've observed a lot of kids and they usually fit into one of two categories.

The first group is the "teach me" group. These kids are ready to learn how to do a job and want to be involved. They look for things to do and opportunities to be useful. These individuals not only thrive at a job they are given they seek out other ways to be useful.


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