A parent asks another parent “Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your daughter to do martial arts?” I don’t pay for my daughter’s martial arts lessons, her uniform, sparring gear, weapons, or testing fees.
So, if I am not paying for martial arts, what am I paying for?
– I pay for those moments when my daughter becomes so tired she feels like quitting but doesn’t.
– I pay for the opportunity that my daughter will have developed life-long friendships.
– I pay for the chance that my daughter may have amazing instructors that will teach her that martial arts is not just about kicks and punches but about life.
– I pay for my daughter to learn to be disciplined.
– I pay for my daughter to learn to take care of her body.
– I pay for my daughter to learn to work with others and to be a proud, supportive, kind, and respectful team member.
– I pay for my daughter to learn to deal with disappointment when she doesn’t pass the exam she trained for. Or fell during a jump kick she has practiced a thousand times, but still gets up and is determined to do her best.
– I pay for my daughter to learn to set and accomplish goals.
– I pay for my daughter to learn that it takes hours upon hours of hard work and practice to become a black belt, and that success does not happen overnight.
– I pay so that my daughter can be at martial arts instead of in front of a screen…
I could go on but to be short, I don’t pay for martial arts. I pay for the opportunities that martial arts provides my daughter to develop attributes that will serve her well throughout her life and give her the opportunity to bless the lives of others. If you ask me, I think it is a great investment!
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About The Author
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.