Find Your Community
Posted: January 27, 2017
Thanks to the wonders of technology and a personal hotspot I am sitting outside watching my child play on a local playground in Oreland, PA while writing this blog. While here we have visited the small town convenience store and hardware stores, the auto body shop our car is at and the pizzeria. We have waved hello to the carpenter that worked on our storefront, a friend from daycare and a familiar face from one of my other children’s schools. This has all reminded of the great community we are a part of and the importance of community. This is why I love owning a business in the town that I live. I have owned or operated five schools over the years and none have been more fulfilling than the ones operated out of my home town. You can’t beat the feeling of interacting with people you see around the town and the feeling that the work you are doing in martial arts in improving the area you live in on some level. Just yesterday we received a phone call from someone that was referred to us after a neighbor raved about our instruction. Thank you by the way! What a feeling to know you are looked at as a public figure within your town.
This leads me to the importance of community as it relates to martial arts. It is one of the reasons martial arts has become such a popular and successful activity for kids and adults alike. It provides for children a place wear they are encouraged and nurtured in a positive way without the pressures team sports can sometimes bring. They also become a part of a community of like minded children all working towards the same goals. Your martial arts community becomes like a family and acts as a great support network through out all of life's ups and downs. For me it was a great place to go and be motivated after a tough day at school dealing with bullies. For adults the martial arts community is one of motivation and encouragement. A room of cheerleaders helping you to accomplish your fitness and defense goals, uplifting your self-esteem and providing you with much needed accountability. I love the martial arts community both as an owner operator and as a student. I encourage you to try out a martial arts community or just to get involved in any positive community environment our you. It could be a Sunday soccer league, a local church or community group, even an online fitness group like Beachbody. You will have more success and people to share it with.