A black belt is just a white belt that never quits.

Training in martial arts is a journey of self- discovery. We embark on this mist-shrouded road not really knowing what to expect and more importantly not knowing what is expected of us.

First of all, it’s important to note that martial arts are a discipline not a sport. The demands are greater and so are the benefits. A discipline requires year round commitment of participants. Ballet, gymnastics, and learning musical instruments have similar qualities. Day after day improvement is made through consistent, constant effort. This improvement works to create a strong concept of self.

In his book, The Idiot’s Guide to Martial Arts, Cezar Borkowski writes, “In each martial arts class, you’ll learn how to harness your natural strength. Not just the muscular variety, but also the power that lies in your spirit and mind. As a martial arts practitioner, each drop of perspiration you shed will help wash away your fears, and each passing year can leave you feeling more confident.”

This “I can do it attitude” is the by-product of facing your fears and doing your best even though it’s challenging. Training is not easy. Sometimes it’s really hard and frustrating and, frankly, it must be. Our greatest gift to you is to provide you a supportive environment in which to struggle and grow. These are the times that test us and make us stronger in the process. All that is expected of you is to make the commitment and follow through with consistent effort. (Oh, and quit whining too.)

Consider this quote commonly attributed to Goethe:

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

“Begin it now.”