I’m often asked why we pay good money and are so committed to having our child in karate, especially when there are so many “free” activities out there that kids can join.
Well, in all honesty I don’t pay for karate – karate is just the by-product of what we are paying for …
Let me explain,
– I pay for those moments when my child becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn’t
-I pay for the amazing instructors that teach him that karate is not just about punching and kicking but about life.
– I pay for the opportunity that my child has to make life-long friendships.
– I pay for my child to learn to be disciplined.
– I pay for my child to learn to be healthy and take care of his body
-I pay for my child to learn essential life skills in an activity that is far beyond a sport
– I pay for my child to learn to work with others and have honor, dignity, pride and respect.
-I pay for my child to learn to develop self esteem
-I pay for my child to learn to deal with bullies and peer pressure.
– I pay for my child to learn to deal with disappointment, when he doesn’t get that stripe he hoped for, or fell during a move, but still gets up and is determined to do his BEST next time…
– I pay for my child to learn to make and accomplish goals.
– I pay for my child to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to become a black belt, and that success does not happen overnight.
– I pay so that my child can be in the dojo instead of in front of a screen…
I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for karate; I pay for the opportunities that karate provides my child to develop attributes that will serve him well throughout his life including the ability to lead and help others.
Simply put, karate is an investment in my child’s future.
(Adapted from a piece by Author : S.Martin)