Celebrating the courage of children, as they gamely tackle obstacles without any apprehensions or expectations. At what age did we start to let fear dictate our actions? As kids we would get to the top of the hill and think how fun it would be to slide or run down it, now as adults we think we better go slow, in case we fall.
I have trained in Jujitsu for 8 years, and only recently started to compete. I previously always had an excuse as to why I couldn't.....from being too old, not training enough, being injured, being too busy, or the constant fear of failure. These fearless kids are from the same gym, and they all train hard, compete with bravery and have medals to prove their victories.
Martial arts is so good for children, not only does it teach the values of discipline and respect, but also about patience and persistence, and most importantly that the hard work put in ends up yielding results. The same mentality can be applied to all areas of their lives. The only difference between a white belt and a black belt, is the black belt never gave up, and that's on and off the mats.