Every few months Elite Training Center runs a promotion/test for our youth and kids programs. Similar to our events for the adults, we had a number of our young students participate and support one another.
Kids show up when you least expect it. Our expectations are that we will train the youth and instill in them a sense of self worth, discipline and the necessity to see that there are consequences for their actions. This is not to be taken in a negative way. The consequences are the result of their hard work on the mat. We are lucky enough to have great kids and youth training at Elite. It is always rewarding to be a part of their training.
I was a kid, a long time ago. I still feel much younger than I am. I am fortunate though, I am a teacher. Like many things I’ve done, I have been reluctant to jump in with both feet. Teaching? Kids? My parents were teachers. I want to do something different from them. It wasn’t until you see someone succeed with the information you’ve provided that it sinks in. It’s an awesome feeling. We can touch on the existence of altruism at another time. But nothing is more rewarding than seeing someone in our youth program succeed.
We hear the stories of overcoming the odds and the feeling of achievement it fills us with. As a young person today, it is hard. It is hard just to be yourself. It is hard to fit in. It is hard to keep up with the pressures of school work. The work load is ridiculous and the pressure to succeed is high, too high, now coupled with the pressure of keeping up with martial arts training, what can our expectations be?
Martial arts offers an outlet for not just adults, but the youth and kids. Self defense training or Krav Maga, MMA, etc offers the relief of not having to put pen to paper. There is a different kind of learning with a physical outlet (this isn’t to say that there won’t be an essay or two required in the adult program). It isn’t until you train in a martial art system that you can truly comprehend how special it can be.
I am a huge proponent of education. I think everyone should go to college and be provided with the opportunity to do so. I also know the importance of having an outlet that is aligning the mind and body. If you have the opportunity to get your child into martial arts, DO IT! It is a path that even if they fall off, they can get back on.
Krav Maga, MMA, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, whatever martial art you can study, find a place. Encourage your children to do martial arts. If you are in the South Bay, then of course we’d love to have you. If you are anywhere else in the world, as we all know some of you are, search someplace out. Good luck!