Does Karate Teach Leadership and Responsibility?

In General, Uncategorized by Don Alley

At Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn, VA, we ask our students to do 7 chores per day for the entire month, and at the end of the month, we reward them with a gold star on the lapel of their uniform.

This is one of the ways we instill discipline, responsibility, and leadership in our students OUTSIDE the academy.

It’s very important to us at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn that we make a difference at home, in school, and in the community. Being a martial artist is so much more than kicking and punching. Being respectful to those we meet, making good choices, being a good friend…All of these components and more are part of what it means to be a Black Belt Leader.

This young man in the video recently turned in his 50th gold star!! We have never had that happen before, so we rewarded him with a gigantic trophy 🙂

Since he is the highest ranking “gold star holder”, we asked him what he thinks should happen at 60 stars. With a big smile, he thought and thought, and replied, “Stock options.”

Well played sir, well played.

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.