At Bill Stevens Karate we have many
methods for motivating students.
Because of our proven success in the lives of countless adults
and children, I’ve suggested martial arts as a vehicle for your
family’s improvement. The principles we practice in class have
larger relevance for children in school, for adults in the work-
place and for families at home.
Where do you start? With a positive mental attitude, of course.
It was American industrialist Henry Ford who once said, “There
is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks
he can do.” Our potential is limited only by the constraints we
put upon ourselves.The sky’s the limit, as long as you aim high.
It’s something we tell our children, as we look to the future,
but I find that adults don’t apply this same positive thinking
to their own experiences. Whether they’re stuck in a rut or
enmeshed in bad habits, they don’t see how their particular
situation can be improved.
One of the first things we have our new students do, regardless
of their age, is to break a wooden board with their hand or
foot. This is a good way to experience the enabling feeling
that comes from doing martial arts.
It’s also a powerful metaphor about overcoming obstacles
and breaking through barriers. It is the first of many triumphs
that will come your way.