Why I Trained...Train...and Will Keep Training

by Sensei Joseph Winn © March 2018


I graduated elementary school as a big deal. If there was a club, I was an officer. Award? Won it. Recognition? Received it. The honors ceremony was an exercise in me getting up, walking to the stage, only to be back again in a few moments. Simply exhausting, you know? I still recall the faces of the other parents. They silently spoke volumes: “Him, again? When can *my* kid get recognized?”

I was also exactly what you’d picture. My genius parents recognized this was a recipe for trouble in the turbulent middle school environment. As a result, they encouraged me to sign up for training here at the University Karate Center. Needless to say, it was a great move. Let us count the reasons. And tell me which apply to you!

 

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I graduated elementary school as a big deal. If there was a club, I was an officer. Award? Won it. Recognition? Received it. The honors ceremony was an exercise in me getting up, walking to the stage, only to be back again in a few moments. Simply exhausting, you know? I still recall the faces of the other parents. They silently spoke volumes: “Him, again? When can *my* kid get recognized?”

I was also exactly what you’d picture. My genius parents recognized this was a recipe for trouble in the turbulent middle school environment. As a result, they encouraged me to sign up for training here at the University Karate Center. Needless to say, it was a great move. Let us count the reasons. And tell me which apply to you!

Bully fodder: I had it all. Small. Shy. Smart. Teacher’s pet. Middle school was awful. Training at UKC gave me much-needed confidence and the skills to stand up against the worst of the bullying.
Outgoing: I’m still quiet in unfamiliar groups, and prefer small gatherings over large crowds. However, I am told repeatedly that martial arts training “brought me out of my shell”. Being part of a larger system where everyone seeks personal growth made a huge difference.
Fitness: I always considered myself to be in pretty decent shape. Training here regularly ensured that continued. From sparring to kata to a round of basics, it all enhances your body in unique ways. I am a runner now, and coming to class is a big part of my training regimen.
Leadership: No matter your age or rank, a leadership role is always available. I loved leading warm-ups, helping people often older and larger than me get stretched for class. My peers became everyone, and they listened to me! I am now a business-owner. My training and teaching here has done more for me professionally than any other skill.
Empathy: Everyone comes with their own story. It’s not yours. It’s not mine. Yet we can be pages in it. Will those pages be ones that make all parties smile or grimace? I learned that working with others means relating to their story, even if your first reaction is, “no way am I ever working with them!”

How many remind yourself of you? Sibling? Spouse? Friend? We’re here to help people become the best versions of themselves. Let’s take that journey together.