School Bells and Falling Leaves, Welcoming A New Season
The leaves are just starting to fall, and the school bell is once again ringing. This year that school bell might clang on a campus full of new rules and regulations, or it might ping in a student’s bedroom as she logs onto Zoom. But however it calls us, it marks the end of one season and the beginning of another.
This is not a lament. There is a time for work and there is a time for play. Both are needed for growth. Work gets a bad rap. It is often viewed as being synonymous with drudgery. It is not. Or rather, it does not have to be.
The work of the child is to learn and grow. Learning and growing happen all of the time. And just as there is a time for work and a time for play. There is a time for structured learning and a time for unstructured learning.
School covers the academic standards that society has determined are necessary to succeed in life, but lifetime success is not determined by GPA alone.
Success in life is more often determined by one’s character. Does your child have discipline and grit? Is your child filled with self-confidence? Does your child understand respect, courtesy, and manners? Does your child feel at home in his body? Is she coordinated?
These are the things that martial arts teaches. And, at Journey Martial Arts, these generally elusive and intangible skills and characteristics are made concrete. The kids can even earn badges in them. It’s very cool, and my daughter for one gets super excited and proud of herself every time she gets a new badge on her uniform.
And also fun. Did I mention fun? Because kids love learning. They don’t always like the way they are forced to learn in school, but kids love to learn new things. And martial arts teaches them so many new things. And it also teaches them how to do new things. They get to be the cool kid who can say that they have legit broken a board with their bare foot. Not every kid can claim that.
My daughter has done karate at Journey Martial Arts both in person, and virtually, and both offer her that sweet spot of challenge where she is in the zone. She’s learning and growing and having fun all at the same time. She’s also becoming a more responsible and respectful kid.
And so as the leaves turn to gold, and the school bells clang, buzz, or ping. Welcome this new season of industriousness. And come join us here at JMA to welcome the lessons of martial arts.