Our Black Belt Instructors are back to share with you some personal stories about how the life skills we teach have made their way into their daily lives.
Over the holiday break, I was able to see many people who I don’t see as often as I’d like, like old friends and distant family. I was reminded of how much I respect and appreciate the peer group around me. I have friends around me that push me to be better or build me up as needed. Being selective with my peer group and also being a genuine friend are things that I learned through Super Kicks Karate. It was not something I thought of when I started martial arts, but these life skills that I teach as an instructor are things that I had been taught as an adult student. This idea of picking good friends who believe things like discipline, passion, and respect are important is an unexpected yet life-altering lesson that will be with me for the rest of my life.
I read a quote by Michael Jordan that said, “I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying”. This really reminded me that anything worth doing is worth trying. Even though you may fail, it’s not the end. You’re still learning, so you get up and try again. This reminds me of our life skill that we teach about Attitude. You have to believe that you can do difficult things. We can’t give up when things get tough!
Recently, my wife and I had stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom and get something for the road. In the gas station we noticed a guy in a black hood and shorts with his hands in his pockets and his hood up. Granted it was cold outside, but he was walking around aimlessly and periodically looking at us. So my wife told me to keep an eye on him and so my body started going into threat assessment mode, because whatever we had looked at he had walked over and looked at the same thing, and was continuously passing by us or getting closer to us. So whenever he’d walk by or get close my body would tense up and my hands start to shake slightly from the adrenaline. We were in there for about 20 minutes and of course nothing came of the incident but what it taught me is that I need to learn to physically calm my body down an exercise Self Control in those kind of situations. Mentally I was studying and assessing everything, but physically I need to relax myself so that I can perform more efficiently if a situation does arise.