We are excited to announce that we have put together a leadership programme for members of our childrens classes called Leadership for Life.
The programme aims to help senior grades become positive roles models not only for other students to follow, but also their friends and local community. It will be offered to all students 4th Kyu ( green belt ) and above.
I never really had positive role models growing up, most of the wisdom from life experience is through trial and error and for that reason I would like to help our kids as much as I can by mentoring them, helping them to accept the challenges of life because if you're not prepared, you will fail. Working closely with the parents of the students involved, I would like to help build them up into stronger, more resilient kids ready for what ever life throws at them because they will be tested in life. It's inevitable.
Teaching karate isn't just about showing people how to fight. Of course, knowledge of the martial arts in the hands of weak people in society is not good for anyone but that doesn't mean that learning how to fight and protect yourself is a bad thing. Teaching karate is about servant leadership. If you're in it for yourself, it shows. If you're in it to help motivate, energise and inspire your students to live strong, you'll be contributing to a stronger society. That's how you leave a legacy.
Teaching kyokushin is about leadership and managing personalities. It's about drawing the best out of people so they can be better versions of themselves. Quite often there are clashes of personalities within your own dojo and you need to be able to sort that out so both parties can understand each other better and it makes for a more pleasant place to train for everyone.
In a way, being a dojo operator is like running your own business. Even though a true martial artists isn't in it for the income, you still have to budget, pay bills, order stock, build websites, advertise etc etc. You also need to be your own "debt collector" which is very difficult to navigate.
I could go on and on about the pros and cons of running your own dojo but the best thing about it is, it's all character building stuff. You learn to ride the rollercoaster of life, the ups when your dojo is full and the downs when all of a sudden, three familes leave and your dojo is left with 3 members in the adults class and you're back to paying bills out of your own pocket to keep it running. You learn the difficult task of asking people to leave because they're not a good fit, failing students at gradings, demoting students for bad behaviour. There's actually quite a lot of difficult work involved and it's never easy.
I would like to share my wisdom from life experience with these kids. I would also like to pass on the skills of leadership I have learned through walking the path myself.
I know what I teach these amazing kids is true because I have lived it myself.
Let us how you or your child the path to feeling safe, confident and secure going about your everyday business.
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