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I will preface this blurb by saying that I am no all-star, know it all guru, magnificent parent. I screw up, make mistakes, and blow it. I do, however, strive to be better. I work hard at what I do.

For some time now, five years to be exact, I have been on a mission to influence culture and society. My eyes opened when I was hired as a martial arts teacher at a local charter school. The students were great and I enjoyed working with all of them more than they know. Early on in my tenure as an instructor, I recognized a couple of problems. One, we don't teach basic interaction. I think we teach the opposite and stifle good interaction in students. We no longer teach students to use words like "sir" or "ma'am," Please and thank you are often overlooked along with making eye contact when students are speaking with someone. Using a clear loud voice to communicate verbally has been replaced with physical ques to be quiet. Two, I noticed that respect was not commanded or demanded from students. Students were allowed to talk while teachers, admin, or staff were talking. Students are allowed to interrupt adults, teachers, and staff. Three, work ethic or effort are not demanded and are not taught. The idea of giving your best all the times seemed lost.

In my quest to change these things and be a positive influence on the students in my charge I set out to model all of the above to students, correct poor behavior and reward, and recognize good behavior. I do the same things in the studio. The reason I do this is that when I watch the world around me it is missing. Over the last four months, we have seen a portion of the next generation disrespecting authority, destroying other people's property, and making a mess of things. One of my college professors always said "be the change you want to see." Whatever grievances we have with government destroying other people's things, businesses, property via rioting and vandalism isn't going to bring about the desired result. What we see in that type of change is anarchy. What we are seeing is destruction. Some blame government, some blame schools, some have other opinions. I personally think that we have forgotten our duty as parents. 

It is our job to raise our children with values, morals, personal beliefs, to help them form a good worldview and to instill character in them. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a parent asks their child for permission to sign them up for karate, martial arts, or self-defense classes. It may very well NOT be for everyone. Then again, learning a code of conduct like effort, etiquette, sincerity, self-control, and loyalty is for everyone! We all need those things! If you as a parent want a child that grows up to be a strong man or woman then you must do something to make that happen. It won't happen via osmosis. Kids need help along the way. If we leave them to govern themselves or even worse hand them over to teachers and professors who are poor examples, poor role models, and not good people what do we expect will happen? If we want good things for our kids then, we need to do something about it. Who doesn't make their kids eat or try vegetables? Junk in, Junk out.

Parents, find coaches, mentors, and people who are going to be a little tough on your kids. Who will going to provide feedback and encouragement. The buck stops with us parents. A segment of our society is having a temper tantrum. Let us, as parents, step up and instill good things in our kids. At North Valley Martial Arts we are here to help. We offer both Private and Group instruction for all ages and skill levels. 

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