Earning a black belt in Karate is a big deal. Especially when the student is just 10 years old!
I’m proud to announce that two weeks ago, 15 students achieved their black belt in Gozen Karate.
Think about that…
Some of these children have been practicing Karate for six or seven years… more than half of their lives!
No student at Karate Kids signed up for classes on their own.
No student at Karate Kids fights traffic to get to class on time.
No student at Karate Kids washes their own uniform or signs up for a belt test.
No student makes it to black belt without thinking about quitting once or twice. Or more!
That’s why I say behind every black belt student is a black belt parent!
You may not get to wear the belt, but no kidding—you’ve earned one, too! 🙂
It’s a shame because confidence grows from improvement. Self-esteem grows from achievement. Success grows from learning the value of hard work.
Allowing a child to build a habit of quitting when something gets difficult or boring will never lead to a healthy, happy life.
But black belt parents don’t let that happen! They’re too smart.
When their child was too nervous to try that first karate class, they came back and tried again.
When their child wanted to skip karate class, they put them in the car anyway.
When their child was struggling to learn a new move, they encouraged them to keep trying.
That’s how black belts are earned!
So, as a member of the community, let me say thank you to all the black belt parents out there who taught their child the value of commitment. Thank you for not letting them give up when they got bored, distracted, or discouraged.
As a school owner, let me say thank you for supporting my dream to share the lessons of karate with as many children as I can. Thank for leaving positive reviews online and telling your friends about our program. Your trust is something I will never take for granted.
Finally, if I may speak for your children who are too young to fully understand all that you do for them, let me say thank you for giving them the gift of karate. Thank you for giving them the chance to develop respect, patience, and focus in a safe, fun environment.
They’re going to need all of that!
Keep up the good work, black belt parents!