The basis of growth is self-esteem. If one does not value his/her self, it is extremely difficult to develop positive attributes especially with obstacles in the way. Once self-esteem is established, it can produce a proper positive Attitude.
We teach students that starting with and maintaining a positive attitude will help them through even the most difficult parts of training and life. Students also will learn that attitudes are not concrete and are in our control. If a student has control over his/her attitude, they will more likely be able to Respect themselves and others.
By demonstrating respect, students learn an etiquette that produces good relationships and self-awareness. My favorite definition of respect is “showing you care.” If you care about your parents, you will show them respect by listening. If you care about yourself, you work towards bettering yourself. Once a student can respect him/herself, it sets the groundwork for Self-discipline.
Discipline is one of the most common skills associated with the martial arts. It is also one of the most difficult to cultivate on a lasting level. We teach students to look past instant gratification and strive for what they truly want no matter what gets in our way, which often is ourselves. Focusing on impulse control and delayed gratification can in turn lead to strong Goal Setting skills.
Students learn the art of setting and achieving short-term goals, like their next belt, and long-term goals, like black belt. As the curriculum progresses, skills and concepts become more difficult. By practicing and succeeding, students form the habit of always aiming for what is next and working hard to accomplish it. Once someone can effectively achieve his/her goals, the next step is to help other people do the same through Leadership.
Parents aspire for their children to become leaders. Our classes aim to produce great leaders who lead with integrity and by example. All six pillars cultivate these kind of leaders to improve their lives and the lives of the people around them.
Youth classes, which include beginner, intermediate, advanced, black belt candidate, and several degrees of black belt, work on techniques and concepts that encourage growth in our 6-pillar philosophy. All the curriculum and teaching is fully based on these pillars.