Taking Small Steps to Reaching Great Heights

Hi Everyone (Parents & Kids), 

I wanted to share this story with you, while it is still fresh on my mind.

Radiating Confidence, Exhibiting Courage & Exemplifying Character are not ordinary words, when said with BOLDNESS, you can feel their energy just lift you up and make you want to LIVE & EXPRESS them through action.

At tonight class, I saw just that within one of our younger new students, whose name is Chase.  I am so PROUD of him for what he displayed tonight...It was a breakthrough night.  

It is nights like these that reinforce my passion and desire to continue to teach the martial arts to our youth.

Tonight's class was just a regular class.  The 5th Class in our 7 week session.  

Chase is one of our youngest students in the Goldsboro class about 5 or 6 yrs old I believe.  He is very shy and quiet, he is a little awkward with his coordination and balance (I only say that to give you an idea of where he started).  He is continuously  improving each and every class with his coordination & balance.

This evenings class exercise was about introducing and presenting yourself.  The students come up in front of the instructors individually, Stand at Attention Stance, Bow (respectful greetings), transition to a Ready Stance, then they Introduce themselves (My Name is ..........., I practice the martial art of Shotokan Karate, I would like to perform for you (name of form), with your permission may I begin?).

At the beginning of he exercise we had the students line up in a certain order to wait their turn.  At first Chase did not want to perform the exercise, however, he did want to line up with the other students.  

He waited patiently as each student did their presentation.  He listened to the feedback from the instructors on how the other students could improve.  When it was time for the student next to him to do his presentation...

Chase raised his hand and asked for permission to do this exercise.  Mr. Joe who was instructing the class enthusiastically acknowledged his request..."Yes, Chase, You can do this....i will help you."

Chase watched the others, and built his belief and confidence in himself that he could do this.  

As he performed his introduction...I noticed only his Fearless Attitude.  It didn't matter any of the mistakes he made during the presentation.

I saw Chase take another small step to reaching great heights.  I am so proud of him.

Remember to Radiate Confidence, Exhibit Courage, & Exemplify Character.

Live Fearless!

Mr. Jerome Nojima

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