Let’s face a cold, hard fact. You are ultimately responsible for designing,
developing and instilling your child’s value system. It IS true that, “Train a
child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
When a child turns out to be worthless, the parents are blamed but, when your
child turns out to be priceless, you will be praised.
We are totally committed to helping your child become a responsible,
well skilled, highly confident, self-disciplined Black Belt. Responsible
in the sense that he learns to make wise decisions when it comes to drugs, peer
pressure and sex – the first time and every time he’s approached. To become
well-skilled in the physical sense is an attribute that will assist your child in all
physical activities. A highly confident person will eliminate fear and doubt
from his life and replace them with assuredness and courage.
Our Goal Is To Develop Your Child To Become A Responsible, Well Skilled, Highly Confident, Self
Disciplined Black Belt And, With your Help, That Will Happen.
At a national seminar a few years ago, the speaker – a sixth degree black
belt – asked the audience, made up of over 250 black belt level instructors,
the following question: “If I could give you $100,000 right now for your black
belt and all of the positive experiences and attributes you’ve gained as a result
of achieving that black belt, how many of you would take my check?” Not a
single hand went up. However, ask any black belt if there was a time during his training
that there was a temptation to quit, and you will always get a “yes.”
Ask that same black belt if he wishes now that he’d just given up
when tempted, however, and he’ll always tell you “No way!
The personal attributes of perseverance and goal attainment –
learning to set goals and achieve them are perhaps the most important and
valuable qualities acquired by a martial artist during the course of his or her
training. This is the quality that separates the doer from the quitter, throughout a
lifetime – whether in pursuit of a college degree, a career challenge, or a difficult
personal situation. The very structure of the belt ranking system provides a
systematic way for students to set and meet goals. Young people need to have
realistic goals that mean something to them. They also need our support and
motivation to achieve them. As students move into our
intermediate and advanced training programs, they begin to internalize the
mental aspects of character, self esteem, self control, and concentration,
along with the ongoing development of strength, balance, leverage, timing,
and advancement of other martial arts skills. As challenges increase and
rank promotion begins to require more work, however, it’s not uncommon for
young students to become temporarily discouraged.
It’s up to us as parents and instructors to make the difference
between a child who meets and overcomes challenges and one who
merely gives up. Your encouragement of your child’s
efforts takes on new significance at this time. As a parent, you will experience
both joys and challenges during your child’s journey to Black Belt. If you
need help or suggestions to keep your child on track, I’m hear to help.
Virgil Greer III
Master Instructor U.S. Elite Martial Arts & Fitness Center
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