Why Do We Require a 12 Month Commitment for Our Programs?
Posted: May 31, 2017
"Do we have to commit to 12 months?"
This is a question we get often at ATA Excellence Martial Arts and today I want to give you a little behind the scenes on why we only have twelve month programs for our students.
For us, it's all about results. We're not looking to create the world's next top cage fighter or Olympic athlete. We're looking to create leaders in life through a dedication to our three pillars of Excellence. The first of those pillars is "follow through." In today's world there is a lack of individuals who can follow through on the commitments that they make that's why we start by having our new students understand the commitment they are making to training.
Two of the most common reasons parents enroll their children in our program are for increased confidence and discipline. We know martial arts training is a great way to help children focus and improve their confidence but we also know that it's not an instant change in students. Building confidence takes time because for real confidence to form competency needs to be involved. For a student to become competent at martial arts they need to do it for more than a month or two.
We also know that martial arts is a great tool for helping students learn better discipline and focus but, just like confidence, these skill take time to improve. Consistent effort and practice are all part of achieving the goals parents what for their children when enrolling in our programs.
It would be dishonest of us to tell you, the parent, that we can teach your child to improve his or her focus and confidence and not let you know that it's going to take time. That's like one of those diet commercials that tries to convince you that you'll be ripped and drop 20 lbs in just 10 minutes a day for three weeks. We want you to know that it will take time, but it's worth it!
Over the years we have seen the lives of so many of our students changed for the better. We've developed some amazing leaders but not because they left our program after three belts. They developed these skills over 12-48 months and I promise if you'd talk to their parents there are no regrets.
Here are some of the common objections we hear about our 12 month commitment requirements:
What if my child get's bored and doesn't want to continue?
Honestly, I can almost guarantee that your child will have times when he or she doesn't want to attend class. This happens to everyone! There are some days you don't want to go to work aren't there? There are days your child doesn't want to go to school too. But the answer is, follow through. This is a valuable lesson that we must instill in our children. When they make a commitment they need to follow through on it. Every student I've ever had that pushed through the times they didn't want to come, started enjoying the program more because they got better and achieve their goals. A 12 month commitment isn't too much for anyone.
What if we need to take a break?
We allow our students to freeze their program for up to 8 weeks once every 12 month program. We know that sometimes an extended vacation comes up or something happens where you can't make classes for an extended period of time. That's fine. All you have to do is notify us in writing and we'll pause the payments for up to 8 weeks.
How can I motivate my child to continue?
First, don't let the idea of quitting be a possibility. Let them know they made a commitment and it's important to uphold those commitments. Secondly, there are a few tips to helping them continue to stay motivated.
- Make sure the activity they are doing before class is something that's less fun (such as chores and homework). It's difficult to stop a fun activity such as playing outside or on the computer and having to get ready for class.
- Participate with your child! Kids love training with their parents at our school. It's a great way to motivate the whole family.
- Set short term goals that help them focus on one step at a time
You can see why we at ATA Excellence feel that a twelve month commitment is so important. With the right mindset your family can gain a lot of great benefits from joining us for 12 months or more of martial arts training.