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Mr. Due's View From the Mats

By Mr Due 09 Dec, 2015
Once upon a time, when the school was younger, there was this Dad. He meant well. He really did. But there came a time when the instructors had to just step in and tell this Dad to shut up and let them do the teaching, not him!

web white Belts 2 copyThe boy was a good kid. He usually behaved in class but not always because he was, after all, a typical seven year old boy that just loved life as a seven year old boy should. At times, he would misbehave on the end of the rail as he and his buddy would push and shove a little to see who got to go first. Sometimes he would play with the target instead of holding right. He would do the head bob push-ups just so he could be the first one done; or he would just keep talking and laughing with one of the other kids when he was supposed to be listening. But most of the time he would try real hard and he was making good progress. But on those days when he was being… well, a seven year old boy, it drove his father nuts because the father KNEW he could do better.

It was on one of those days when the seven year old boy was being exceptionally seven years old, the father said something just the wrong way and the instructors had had enough. Mr. Dominach (who now has his own school in Independence, KY) was running the floor and he grabbed the dad and put him in the office. I could tell he was ticked. I also could tell the Dad was in for it that day. As soon as the Dad sat down, Mr. Dominach LET HIM HAVE IT!

“Mr. Perdue, you have to knock it off! You are expecting too much of Jeremy and you are killing his love for Taekwondo. I am in charge of his training, NOT YOU. Just like you told me when Jeremy started! From now on, when Jeremy is taking class; YOU ARE IN THE OFFICE!” I went to say something stupid like “Hey, this is MY school.” when I saw that Mrs. Morgan (my manager) was standing behind him with her arms crossed. It was a full Coupe d’état. I held up my hand and yielded. Not because I wasn’t in charge; but because I knew, as an instructor, they were right!

While I always meant well, that is when I realized that I was the worst Martial Arts Dad EVER! For the next several years, whenever Jeremy was in class, I sat in the office. No matter how well I trained the other kids and even the instructors that were teaching my son, I had to understand that I was not the best instructor for my own son. Why? Because I was superimposing my desire for his success on him rather than letting him discover the desire for success for himself. I was depriving him of learning his own self-focus and self-discipline instead of that which I imposed on him.

As the years have passed, I understand now from experience that sometimes our parental criticism can do far more harm than good. As parents we have to remember that athletics is about the process as much as or more so than the results of any particular practice or game. The longer they participate, the more lessons they will learn. So the key is make it enjoyable so they don’t get discouraged. Does that mean everything should always be rainbows and sunshine where everyone wins all the time and the coach should never give direct evaluation on performance and effort? Far from it! They should have setbacks. They should see that their efforts in practice contribute to results on game day. The coach SHOULD hold the kids accountable for their effort and their performance. That is where the kids learn life skills through athletics.

However, in the vast majority of cases, coaching from the sidelines adds an additional negative layer to their efforts that is unneeded and, in most cases, unwarranted. What is the fun in that? No matter how qualified we may be in that sport, we as parents should back off and let the coach do it. That way when the setbacks do occur, as they should, we can there with the ice cream and the pat on the back to make that little setback seem insignificant and very temporary so they can focus on the next game, match, practice, etc. No matter what the sport or the athletic activity, what our kids need most from us isn’t our criticism, but our support.
By Mr Due 13 Apr, 2015
“Tori Perdue! Third attempt Sir!” The judge yelled. For me, the testing stopped and the world started to move in slow motion. I may be the chief instructor and I may have to run the testing, but first and foremost I am a parent. At this moment, I was just a dad with a little girl who was trying yet again to pass testing. At our school, as like many others, at higher ranks breaking is required to pass to the next level. This was her fourth attempt at this rank. All of her other setbacks had been for her breaking and we had become preoccupied with getting her over this hurdle.

Tori Break 09In the slow motion world which occurs when your adrenaline kicks in, I saw Tori bow. She looked at the wood and the second she picked up her leg, I knew she wasn’t going to break it. Little things told me that it wasn’t going to happen. Her eyes closed. Her knee didn’t chamber well enough and her spacing was all wrong. She wasn’t determined to break it. She was just hoping to. Unfortunately, hope is rarely sufficient.

Sure enough, the next sound I heard was a soft THUD of her kick hitting the board but the board not breaking. She looked at the board with a stunned expression. She composed herself, bowed out, and shook the hands of her holders as she collected the boards and made her way to the side to watch the others attempt to break their stations. She was so dignified. No tears. No drama. She sat down next to one of her friends that tried to console her. At that point I had to look away and deal with the rest of testing. I knew she was upset. But I didn’t realize how upset until much later.

After testing, we have a tradition of going out and celebrate/commiserate the results with the instructors and students, just like we do after tournaments. While outcomes of the day matter to everyone, what matters more is the comrade and spending time together reliving the night’s events. Tori was fine all evening and laughed and joked with the other kids that were there. I was surprised how she was taking it in stride.

Later, as I tucked he into bed and kissed her on the forehead she asked, “Papa, are you still proud of me?” If you had listened very carefully at that moment, you would have heard my heart rip in half. Now, at bed time, she showed that she was, indeed, hurting on the inside.

“Honey, of course I am! Your form was awesome and gets better every time I see it! The combinations you did sparring were incredible and I saw that wicked hit you just shook off. You rocked tonight.” I said.

“But I didn’t break my wood! AGAIN!” she said with clear frustration in her tone.

“I know, but you will.”

“I don’t know.” She said. Of course she would doubt herself in this moment. Who wouldn’t?

“I do. You are too awesome to let something like a little piece of wood stop you. I am proud of you not because I love you, I am proud of you because you are awesome. You’ll get it. It’s just a matter of time. It’s not ‘IF’ you are going to break your wood. It is a matter of ‘WHEN’ you will break it.”

There was silence for a while then she said. “Ok. Good night Papa.”

“Love you!” I said as I went to leave.

“Love you too Papa.”

Whether it is physically, socially or academically, there is nothing more frustrating for a parent than to watch your child struggle. As a father, I know this all too well. But if we, as parents, don’t let them struggle, how will they grow to take on the challenges they will face later in life? Much of life, after all, can only be learned by trial and error. It is one of the things I love most about martial arts training for kids. Parents CAN’T do it for them or even help them. (Parents that try, by the way, usually do more harm than good.) The kids have to do it on their own.

Because they must do it on their own, they grow stronger spiritually and emotionally. That is why lessons learned in martial arts is so transferable to everyday life, especially for kids. Their success is absolutely determined by their own efforts. Not their parents or other teammates; just their own actions. Does this mean they will struggle? Of course they will. I hope they will. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be special. But can they do it? Of course they can! And they will. Just like I told Tori, it isn’t a matter of IF, it is a matter of WHEN!

Parents, I know it is hard. But I can tell you both as a parent and an instructor, these little setbacks they have today will have huge benefits in the future! Just like I tell the students, I NEVER promised you it would be easy. I promised you it would be WORTH IT! And sometimes, as a parent I can honestly say, it is harder on us than them.

Two months later, I heard the familiar call again. “Tori Perdue, First Attempt SIR!” I looked up and again the world seemed to slow down. This time, there was a different look in her eyes. She wasn’t hoping the wood break; she had more determination in her eyes than I had ever seen before. In a matter of seconds, it was all over and all of her stations were broken on the first attempt. As she bounced with excitement to bow out, she was beaming. She looked at me and gave big thumbs up and a smile. After the testing was over, I told Tori “I am so proud of you!” She looked up with a big smile and said, “I know! You told me so!”

I had to smile. She listened? I never thought my kids listened to ANYTHING I had to say!
By Mr Due 20 Feb, 2015
Everyone has one, a breaking point. A point where you look at yourself and say, “I can’t go another step. I am done. I can’t do it.” We all feel it. We have all been there. So what happened? Did you quit? Or did you keep going?

I was talking to a young man the other day who is scared to death about sparring. In our school, we spar all the time. He is actually an instructor. I know what you are thinking, how can an instructor be afraid of sparring? To be honest, I don’t know. I love it. But he, well, he doesn’t. He came up to me complaining about yet another minor bump or bruise and asking to not spar that day. I knew he wasn’t hurt. I knew he was fine physically. But emotionally, I knew he was reaching his breaking point.

Because I am a martial arts instructor, I know many people may think I ridiculed him or went all “Cobra Ki” on him. But the truth is much different. I just looked at him and simply said. “I know you don’t like sparring. I can see you are afraid of getting hit. But what you don’t see is that you are really good at it and have too much talent to waste it.” He looked down for a moment and realized that he hadn’t been fooling me for quite some time. “Look.” I said, “Get out there. Being brave isn’t about not being afraid. Being brave is being scared out of your mind and you keep going. You can do it. Go!”

Every time I tell him to put on his gear, I can see his tribulation. I can see the conflict within. I can see him….put on his gear, get out there and do the best he can. Is he good? No, he is OUTSTANDING. He has more natural talent than I have ever had. But he is afraid to spar. And every time he puts his gear on, he gives me his best. And every time, I respect him more. Why? Because courage is having the strength to overcome what you are afraid of doing or don’t believe you can do. Without the fear, there is no courage and thus, no glory.

I have students that are afraid of being in front of people testing. I have students that are afraid to break their wood stations. I have students that are afraid of getting hit. I have students that are afraid of not meeting their parent’s expectations. I have students that are afraid of being laughed at. I have students afraid to wear the white pants because it “makes their butt look HUGE”. I have students that are afraid because they are old. I have students that are afraid because it is something new.

Yet every day, they are on the mats. And every day…..Every SINGLE DAY, they persevere. They overcome their fears. And every day, I respect them more. They inspire me. They make me face my fears, my weaknesses and my shortcomings. As any Instructor does, I find inspiration in my students because while I encourage them, they encourage me, and each other, to rise to levels none of us ever could accomplish alone.

Everyone has a breaking point, even me. When I hit it, as I have several times in my life, I have always found someone that will look at me and say, “You can do it!” That is when I found the courage to take that next step and accomplish what I was ready to give up on. That is when I found the inner strength to succeed. That is when I went where I never dreamed I could go. That is when I made what I thought impossible, possible.

When you see someone struggle, no matter when no matter where, remember, it is your time to encourage them. To give them some of your strength so they can find their own. With encouragement, anything is possible.
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