Before you take a Break-Read This

The time is here.

The weather is breaking and everyone is going outside to play with their friends. Your children will now start saying “I don’t want to go to Karate!”They will complain the whole way to the school. But you know what….once they get there and see the Sensei’s, and go on the mat , 99% of the kids will be glad they came. Why? Because they have fun, they learn, and its a positive activity. So here are 10 reasons why its worth the fight, instead of just giving in and letting them take a break or just quit.

Please post this on the refrigerator and take some time to review this with the children and just tell them it’s from their Head instructor Sensei Nick…..And if they want to take a break or quit that they must come in and talk with the Sensie’s. Think about ten years from now when they don’t want to go to work, teach them that just not showing up is not the right way to do it.  Let’s help them through this challenge together. Taking a child to Black Belt is a team effort between the student, instructor, and parents. There will be a time where they don’t want to go, or they want to quit their training.

10 Reasons to Train in the Martial Arts

1. Confidence-While training in the martial arts, students confidence levels increase as they move up through the ranks. And through years of being an instructor after they quit, the confidence level goes down. We have black belts that have quit, and their parents have all told me the same thing ” It was the worst thing I did, just letting him/her quit martial arts.” Its very tough for an instructor, today people don’t want to hear that they will regret it, they don’t want to listen. The Martial Arts is a life long activity, when you quit, you slowly will lose all the benefits it took years to develop.

2. Focus-If you want to see what your child can look like, come watch a Red/Black Class. Some of the students have five years of training. That’s five years of learning how to focus with their eyes, mind, and body. These students are Champions…They a certain look and sound that other kids just don’t have. Make an appointment, come and see how your child could look.

 3. Self Discipline-Black Belts are self motivated…Wouldn’t you love for your child to be self motivated. Here at Champions students develop self discipline before achieving Black Belt. They will clean their rooms, take care of school work, and hold themselves accountable for their actions. This principle is taught primarily in the advances stages of training. Several things in the early stages of training also help teach basic self discipline, such as tying the belt, getting their attendnace card before class, and having their teacher sign the intent to promote sheet before a belt graduation.

4. Self Control-Another key principle taught at Champions. Students learn how to control their mind and body through Martial arts training. By teaching difficult martial arts techniques, and sparring applications the  students learn self control. Students are also taught how to control emotions by participating in events such as kumite and kata in Champions Martial Arts tournaments. It is also explained by the Sensei’s that self control is to be maintained everywhere.

5. Respect-This seems to be the number one reason parents enroll their children in the martial arts. Respect starts as soon as you walk in the door, by bowing. Champions students learn to respect Sensei’s, and the Sensei’s teach the students that respect is earned not given. The traditional history of the Martial arts is taught in the advanced classes when the students are ready for the more advanced teachings.

6. Life Skills that are taught only in the DOJO-Champions offers something that no one else is offering….Life Skills Learning. Here at Champions we are teaching the following life skills principles on a daily basis. Work Ethic, learning how to earn, planning, preparing, leadership training, teamwork, how to network, how to make decisions based on knowledge not emotion, learning how to grow by reading and constantly expanding the way you think, are just a few of the things that are taught at Champions.

7. Goal setting and getting-Every day we are teaching the children to set a goal, and more importantly we are teaching how to aciheve a goal. The belt system is a great way to show children how to set goals. It’s very important to start with the end in mind. The Ultimate goal of the Martial arts is the Black-Belt. Reiterate this to your children…The only way to make the  dream work is through teamwork.

8. Character Development-Thought martial arts training we teach students that character is all you have at the end of the day. We teach them that your character is developed, and all the principles on the wall are traits that we want to have in our character, and the only way it can happen is to follow the principles every day. By seeing the Sensei’s as leaders of the community, and taking place in events with the school the children develop a successful character.

9. Leadership-When the children get older they can become a member of the Instructor Training Program. In this program they can become assist with classes, help with birthday parties, become a staff member, and may even eventually open a Champions school. During this leadership training process, children learn how to motivate and inspire others. They learn about time management, how to teach focus, how to greet others, public speaking, dealing with challenges, and how to talk to parents and elders. These lessons are invaluable. Sensei Megan, Sensei Leah, Sensei Paul, Sensei Dave, Sensei AJ, Sensei Ler, and many other Sesnei’s started training at 4 and five years old and are now leaders at 14-17 years of age.

10. Black Belt Excellence or Habits-I remember before I was a Black Belt. I’m a changed person today, I never would have accomplished what I have with out the martial arts. I would never see the sky as my limit with out martial arts principles and training. the martial arts has made made a person who is never satisfied until excellence is achieved. Martial Arts has taught me to fight through challenges where most people would have just thrown in a towel. I’m a fighter with a Black belt Attitude, and I wold love along with the other Instructors at Champions give your children what we all need…..and edge in life….The Champions Way of Life…..

Hollar Back….From the heart

Sensei Nick

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