About those technique cards (Your path to Black Belt)
The Black Belt is yours to win. Its achievement cannot be a gift, and is not a mystery. One of the lessons we teach to our kids (and a comfort we offer to our adults) is the straightforward simplicity of its earning. If you do this, you will get that. Earning rank at our studio is not a matter of popularity or preference, it is not even a competition. Nobody stands in your way, when you help your friends and neighbors it helps you. Your rank is a challenge for you alone, but you have people who will help you do more than you thought you could do, to succeed.
You also have tools. For the adults, the technique cards are a fairly simple tool. The requirements are spelled out and you figure out what you do to fulfill them. It's essentially the same for the kids, but as with so many things faced in childhood's hour, they are handled differently. We want our kids to realize that their destiny is theirs to achieve, and that the technique cards, besides being simply exactly the beautifully designed useful cool things they are, stand also as a metaphor for that process of personal achievement. Continue Reading