Originally Posted by andrewkyokushin
Osu ashiharakaicho!! Thats great, and not only because you are so active in the community...but to also help and develop your members in other aspects of their lives outside to the traditional 'training'. it must be home from home for the kids...just when they thought they left their parents behind and the questions of "have you done your homework", they get it on their break too haha. Great stuff - My ambition is to follow your lead in opening a dojo with that sort of support network!! Osu!!!
Their parents love me - my first circular for the year states ...
Since its inception, we, at Ashihara Karate, have viewed ourselves not only a sporting organisation, but primarily as an educational institution. Over the years we have developed into a community based organisation actively stressing the importance of scholastic performance. Children and adults are not only taught, but in most cases are shown by the example of their instructor the true meaning of decency in personal conduct and respect for all life and property in all ways.
Many parents do not realise the depth and scope of good karate training. It offers a lot more than just surface value. Along with proper guidance from Parents, the study of Ashihara Karate is an invaluable aid in creating a well adjusted human being.
" ... the early years of life are most critical in forming a child's opinion of him/herself. The self is formed from the experience woven in everyday life, concealed in everyday occurrences, hidden in the deep the way he/she is treated."
W. Somerset Maughan expressed it beautifully in the Razors Edge.
"For men and women are not only themselves; they are
also the region in which they were born, the city
apartment or farm in which they learned to walk, the
games they played as children, the old wive's tale
they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they
attended, the sports they followed, the poems they
read, and the God they believed in."
William W. Purkey
So all I can do is to keep on trying and to live up to the above ... knowing that in my communities, we do make a difference!!! Perhaps too that is why we have such good parental involvement.