Isn't it all about the coach and not the sport?
A good coach is crucial but martial arts seems to lend itself to life lessons like no other activity.
Here are some important discussion points from our classes this week:
From a kids class:
- Even as youngsters, you can choose to listen, pay attention, and learn. You don't need to be told.
- Awareness of your surroundings is up to you. Your parents and I can teach you but it's up to you to be aware of your choice of words, actions ... and friends.
- We need to have fun and improve your martial arts knowledge at the same time. That means there's a time to listen and a time to laugh. Generally they are separate. When you are older, the trick is to learn to do both at the same time.
- I will laugh with you, but not at the expense of your learning.
- I am your instructor first. Your friend second.
From the Teens MMA class:
- Never play by someone else's rules.
- Find out what you are good at as early as you can.
- If you do nothing, you usually end up part of someone else's plans.
Tell me another sport where this is part of every lesson? You may find one, but it is probably the coach who is good.
A martial arts class however, deals with these topics Every ... Single ... Lesson.