Ahhh! Spring is here and there has never been a better time to be training in the martial arts! The energy levels in class have been sky high. Many of our students are participating in other sports and I know that the focus, flexibility, and strength they are developing in the martial arts is carrying over to those other activities. How do I know? I used to play baseball and basketball as a youngster, while working towards my Black Belt and I know that my martial arts training gave me a distinct advantage on the field or court.
That’s one of many wonderful things about the martial arts: they impact all areas of our life. Sure, a youngster can learn the value of teamwork and get great exercise playing lacrosse, but how is lacrosse going to help them if they get attacked? The student could get in serious trouble if they use their lacrosse stick on a potential attacker.
Youngsters who are involved in so many activities are really setting the foundations for success and a productive life. If you want something done, give it to a busy man, woman, boy, or girl.
The only real drawback I see to such a lifestyle is that the child isn’t getting enough TV watching or video game playing (just kidding!).
Therefore, to all of our students that are staying busy with other sports, traveling, etc. over the spring and summer, and are continuing their training, I salute you. We actually have more students training now than we did in the fall/winter, and that’s because they understand the value of the martial arts, and how they permeate all areas of our life.
The students that stay so busy with productive activities are still children of course, just as an axe is still an axe after it has been sharpened. It’s just sharper, more efficient, and productive.
After all, how many parents think, “I’m worried that my kid is going to accomplish too much!” or “My child hasn’t watched enough TV this summer!”?
Now, there is certainly such a thing as “too much of a good thing,” and burn out is something we all need to watch out for. However, with planning, organization, and a clear definition of my priorities, I was always able to stay on track to earn my next belt while still participating in other activities and enjoying my summer.
Speaking of which, get ready for some amazing classes this summer, as we take our students to even higher levels!
When doing a faceoff in lacrosse reaction times are 90% of it along with quick movements. When I used to do faceoffs two years ago, I would win around 65% of them and now after 1.5 years of martial arts I win every single one. Martial arts also helps with dodging and everything else. I attribute my improved performance to my martial arts training! ~Casey Nelan, MMA Student and Lacrosse player