To all you parents, thank you.
Thank you for trusting us with your children this year. The prevailing feeling around the globe, in our nation and within our community has been uncertainty. The instructors and I are certain we will keep doing our best to teach your kids the life changing benefits of Kung Fu, we just aren’t always exactly certain how. Our Academy evolves and changes, but historically more at a tai chi tempo than a Bruce Lee beat. This year we had to be more agile, pivoting with each passing week. You trusted us through these transitions; allowing us, in a way, to enter your domain, as your kitchens and living rooms became the new kwoon. When we could re-open our doors, you faithfully dropped off your children to come learn from us without being able to watch. You trusted we would teach responsibly and for that we are grateful.
Thank you for sharing our values this year. We have always believed physical fitness is one of the most important pillars of mental and physical health, regardless of age. In the face of adversity, we’ve witnessed you feel the same. The need for regular engagement and community is magnified more than ever through this period of isolation. The instructors and I are uplifted every time your child logs into a class or takes a risk to attend an in-person group class, private class or grading. I know your kids feel the same motivating sense of connection. Children need to be challenged; it makes the achievement that comes from hard work that much more satisfying. We believe our curriculum and processes provide the meaning that comes from getting active and putting effort into something.
Thank you for supporting your children to make training Kung Fu a part of their weekly routine. I am also a parent of three young kids that all train at the Academy. I know firsthand how challenging it is to keep them motivated, positive and committed – to anything really. I know that it sometimes takes extra energy and time on our part to work through their resistance and help them develop a sense of discipline. I believe the student body that chose to stick with us are some of the most dedicated students I’ve seen in my thirty years at the Academy! I am truly impressed with your perseverance and consistency.
Finally, I want to thank you for your financial generosity. Teaching Kung Fu and running the Academy has always given me immense satisfaction. I genuinely want to provide you and your family with as much value as I can. I want to earn your tuition by teaching every class to the best of my ability, whatever the forum these days. Your patience, flexibility and support have meant the world to my family and me.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.