The other parent paused for a moment and said, “I have a confession to make. I don’t pay for my kid’s martial arts. Personally, I couldn’t care less about martial arts.”
The other parent looked so surprised and asked, “If you are not paying for martial arts, then what are you paying for then?”
The other father explained the real reasons why he enrolled his children in the martial arts.
*** I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.
*** I pay for those days when my kids come home from school too “tired” to go to their practice but go anyway.
*** I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined.
*** I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body.
*** I pay for my kids to learn how to focus better so that they will do better in school.
*** I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good teammates.
*** I pay for my kids to develop their self esteem and confidence so they won’t be bullied or make bad choices because of peer pressure.
*** I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment; it’s okay if they work hard and fail their belt rank test.
*** I pay for the moments when my kids learn how to overcome challenges and feel a sense of achievement.
*** I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish both short and long term goals.
*** I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours of practice and consistent class attendance to earn something important like a Black belt.
*** I pay for my kids to understand there will be bumps in their life, but they won’t grow up to be quitters.
*** I pay for the opportunities that my kids have and will have to make lifelong friendships.
*** I pay so that my kids can be at SKS instead of in front of that drug with a plug called a TV.
*** I pay for the development of powerful character skills like honor, integrity and respect.
I could go on…..
So, in reality, I don’t pay for martial arts.
I pay for the opportunities that the martial arts provide my kids with – to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives at school, college, their careers and their relationships.
The martial arts gives them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.
As a parent, what would you be willing to pay for all of this value?
Because if your child trains long enough and you let the process work, you will see a significant transformation by the time they have a Black belt tied around their waste.
It’s probably the best investment you will ever make for your child!
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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 5 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.
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.