Junior Student’s Corner
Last month our mental theme was Commitment. That can mean any number of things in terms of Kung Fu; for example, being committed to concentrating while you’re in class, committing to making a punch look like a punch in a Form, etc. What I’d like to talk about here are some of the overall benefits of your Commitment to train at the WKFA.
No doubt you kids today are busier than ever. I hear you talking in the lobby before class about the other sports you play, clubs you belong to, the music lessons you’re taking—not to mention all of the regular schoolwork you have to keep up with. I’m sure at times it feels like you’re being pulled in a million different directions and that something will have to give. I may be biased, but I sure hope Kung Fu isn’t the thing that falls by the wayside—because I believe that your martial arts training will actually help in all of those various endeavours.
With respect to other sports, the benefits of Kung Fu are readily apparent. Whether you’re a soccer player, a dancer or a racquet sports enthusiast, the increased strength and balance you get from Kung Fu will help you immensely. Furthermore, the stretching and core training we do should decrease your chances of getting injured during other physical exertions.
Kung Fu also teaches a valuable lesson about breaking large jobs into smaller, more manageable sections. For example, it’s always a bit intimidating when you start learning a new Form. Especially when you sneak a peak out the corner of your eye and watch someone do the Form from start to finish. You probably think, “I’ll never be able to do all of that.” (I know I did.) But if you begin with the Bow, then learn a few moves the first week, and a few more after that, and so on and so forth, eventually you’ll know the whole thing. The same is true of trying to learn Algebra, French, a new violin concerto, or anything really. Break the thing down into manageable pieces, build upon what you’ve already learned and eventually you will achieve your goal.
Another skill you’re learning at Kung Fu (and it’s a vastly underrated skill in life!) is effective listening. When you’re in class, with other kids around you doing different things and music coming from the dance studio next door, you really have to concentrate to hear—and comprehend—what the Sifu or Leadership Team member wants you to do. Believe me, that ability is going to serve you well in all other aspects of life.
I could go on and on about the benefits of training Kung Fu, but mostly I wanted to hit upon some of the main reasons why your Commitment to martial arts is important and how it will pay off. So keep it up!