Martial Arts Instructors are positioned to make a huge difference in the lives of those in their community.
Most are wasting the chance.
They don't link the lessons learnt in class to those invaluable ones that make life easier to understand.
Not easier. Just easier to understand.
It isn't that hard.
To explain, watch the video first. Then I will give a great example.
Two weeks ago I asked all the kids to choose from a variety of methods of push-ups. Basic, intermediate and finally blackbelt push-ups. I asked them to stand back, make up their mind and on my command run forward and perform the push-ups of their choice.
So far so good.
I yell and all the kids run forward. They all started doing the push-ups that they had decided upon, until someone started to look down the line at what others were doing. Suddenly, the majority of the group changed their choice based on what others were doing.
I yelled, "STOP!"
I sat them down, explained what I had seen, then said the following:
"Never ever base your decisions in life on what the crowd is doing. Martial Artists aren't followers. Obviously be aware of what your group of friends is doing but don't base your decisions in life on their choices. A black belt makes his or her mind up and then commits to the goal they have set for themselves. So now, let's think like black belts, make a decision and commit to it."
Then I restarted the exercise.
Now I know this advice may have fallen on deaf ears as some of the kids were too young to understand. But, good advice, repeated often enough, always has an effect.
Bit like when I was a kid and my Mum used to say, "Close the door, you weren't born in a tent!"
I'm 53 this year and if I leave a door open, I think of a tent.
One of Mum's indelible marks.
So the question I have now ...
... What mark will you leave?
Or just share the love.....