A Note From a Martial Art Parent


One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money and spend so much time running around for your kids to do martial arts?”

Well I have a confession to make: I don’t pay for my kids’ martial art lessons. Or their uniforms, gloves & shin guards.

So, if I am not paying for martial arts, what am I paying for?

I pay for those moments when my child becomes so tired they feel like quitting but don’t..

I pay for the opportunity that my kids can have and will have to make life-long friendships.

I pay for the chance that they may have amazing instructors that will teach them that martial arts is not just about self defense and movement but about life.

I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined.

I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their bodies.

I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be proud, supportive, kind and respectful team members.

I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that belt or tip they hoped for, or
fell during a move they have practiced a thousand times, but still get up and are determined to do their BEST next time…

I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create
a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.

I pay so that my kids can be in the studio instead of in front of a screen…

I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for martial arts;

I pay for the opportunities that martial arts provides my kids to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others.

From what I have seen for many, many years, I think it is a great investment!