Gratitude

Crying at the Karate School

In Personal Stories, Uncategorized by Don Alley

It’s happened twice in the last two weeks…

Once by myself as I walked into the school, and once yesterday while I was teaching a class.

Last night, I was lining up my beginner class, and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude hit me. Our students were on point. They were totally engaged. They were focused. Everyone was there to train. I was emotionally present, ready to give them my very best…

And I almost cried at the feeling that washed over me.

It was incredible.

And then about two weeks ago, the same thing happened as I walked in the school one morning. I arrived and just stopped, looked around, took a deep breath, and exhaled with a huge “thank you.” An outpouring of gratitude hit me. I started to tear up, so grateful for what we are accomplishing in our karate school.

It’s incredible, really. Teaching martial arts. Changing lives with karate. Being able to influence so many people in a positive way. Sure, there are times when we get frustrated. To say we don’t would be a lie. But overwhelmingly, I couldn’t ask for a more rewarding career.

So to my students and families who make this karate school possible, with much love and appreciation and gratitude, I say, thank you. I will continue to give you my best and serve you at the highest level possible.

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.