Martial Arts School Owner and Teacher Advice:
Don’t give up. Don’t give up on trying to teach better classes, times 10. Don’t give up, either, on helping those around you to be better leaders, mentors, and citizen-teachers. Don’t give up and accept the past as better than today —or on the idea that the way so many of us teach today is The Way, the only way, and that you can’t be a part of a genuine revolution in ideas, methodology, and practices in what we do.
Don’t give up on studying the art of school management, or better curriculum design, of marketing that isn’t “marketing,” but simply a natural extension of your mission in the world. Don’t give up on being a student of the art of leading a school that isn’t just a business, but an institution in your community —and an example we can all learn from.
Don’t give up on trying to be one of the martial arts teacher heroes you and I used to read about in the magazines. Don’t give up on trying to be a Lee or a Kano or a Gracie or a Ueyshiba or a Lewis or a (name your favorite martial arts hero here).
Don’t give up on representing —on the opportunity to join forces with the best and the brightest and to make all of this stand for something amazing, something shocking, something akin to the best of the best outcome we can imagine. Don’t give up on making the teaching of the martial arts a noble profession, a profession filled with purpose and passion and intent and courage.
And don’t give up on making the journey as rich and deep and purposeful and ego-less and contributive as you have the intellect and perseverance to create. Let’s all go down fighting like real warriors for a kind of martial arts that isn’t just about technique or competition or commerce, but that is a thing of the spirit, something that truly, deeply, and genuinely matters in the world.Tom Callos (via strongoftheblade)