It’s amazing to me how often I interact with someone on social media who feels that somehow working with children is beneath them.
Yesterday, a guy personal messaged me to tell me that he felt that real Martial Arts instructors should only teach adults and if you teach kids, it means that you have sold out and you’re only in it for the money.
I would like to clear up a few things for this gentleman and anyone else interested in listening. Speaking for my team and I, this is our profession, and just like schoolteachers, police officers, doctors or postal workers who deserve to get paid for their services, so do we.
We are not hobbyists.
We don’t teach part time at the “Y”, or weekends in our backyards.
We choose this for our full-time careers because it is what we were put on this earth to do.
We charge tuition for lessons, but money has never been our main motivation.
We love working with children (and of course adults as well). We love to see the impact that Martial Arts training has on them.
Since 1976, when I took over the youth program at my instructor’s school, I have seen firsthand, time and time again, the transformation that can happen when a child takes up martial arts training with a competent instructor.
I think I speak for most martial arts instructors that work with kids when I say that I’m proud of what we do.
For the gentleman that personally messaged me yesterday, you say that we have sold out and that we are a McDojo because we have a lot of kids in our program?
I say, “We have a lot of kids in our program because we are good at what we do.
We are filling a void.
We are providing a much needed service for our youth.
What the hell are you doing for the next generation?
Everyone should have a purpose in life. I am clear on mine, and an important part of it involves teaching children Martial Arts…a lot of them.
Are you clear on your purpose, or do you just slam others because you haven’t found yours yet?”
This article was written by Kyoshi Dave Kovar, martial arts teacher, consultant and student.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense.
Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for four consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.