“Thoughts of a Sensei”
TRADITIONAL OKINAWAN KARATE
1670 ROUTE 46 WEST ~ WOODLAND PARK, NJ ~201-259-0131

“Thoughts of a Sensei”

"Why do parents want their children to learn Karate?”

*Parent - I want them to gain discipline, confidence and a positive attitude.
*Teacher to Parent: Then here are the things you as the parent need to know and follow no matter what!

  1. karateparentsYou must be consistent in bringing your child to class. Schedule your Karate days and move things around them, so your child doesn't miss classes or attend sporadically. Why? Because discipline and confidence come from doing structured things, not random things.
  2. When training gets tough and your child doesn't want to go to class because it's not fun, you will tell them; "get your Gi and let's go" no matter what. Why? Because you can't build discipline on your schedule, only doing what you want when you want. You also can't build confidence by avoiding things that are hard to do. Only by failing, and then overcoming that failure can you grow and be confident. It is not easy, but it is worth it.
  3. When your child loses interest, which comes and goes by the way, you will say; Get your Gi and let's go! Allowing your child to just give up something because they have lost interest leads to teaching them how to be a failure in life, or give up every time they don’t like something. Teaching your child the value of commitment and seeing things through is part of the discipline process. The loss of interest in kids happens, but then they wish they wouldn't have quit. Teach your child not to be a quitter.
  4. You aren't committing to attend Karate. You are committing to get good at Karate and (earning) your black belt. Real belt ranks are earned and aren’t a gift. When your child wants to quit you will say; Are you a black belt yet? and then say; Get your Gi and let's go! Children who see their training through to black belt will learn what it means to truly earn something which builds confidence and discipline. This will be extremely valuable in their lives as they grow into adulthood, going off to college and starting a career.
  5. Karate will build confidence, discipline, focus and more. But, you have to be committed to it, no matter what. You can't just show up when you want and expect your child to gain from it. It takes work, so teach your child the value of working hard. When you, the parent, are involved in their training, they grow strong in their confidence and discipline. Don't be "that parent", that just lets their kid start and quit things. Get them to the dojo and watch them develop a focused attitude and confidence, so that they can have a positive life and be successful.

- Kyoshi Joe Hunt

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