As an instructor, I've experienced a good amount of success over the years. Some of that success can be measured; from trophies and medals to black belts brought up in the dojo. Some success can't really be quantified...like the huge blessing that our Kids Kyokushin class turned into yesterday.
Yesterday we assembled a dozen care packages which will be distributed to homeless individuals in our community. The excitement and energy coming from the kids was amazing yesterday. The thoughtfulness of these young ones inspires me.
Kids are funny. They wanted to do so much...if they were billionaires, they would have bought homes for those in need. They've got big hearts and limited resources. I wonder when that changes for most people.
We worked on hold breaks afterwards and discussed again how to respond to strangers, but the real budo karate training for yesterday took place in building those care packages. It was one of the most successful times we've had together and I'm so motivated to do more like this with our young class!