It is such a privilege to teach these #awesome people. We are accruing quite the black belt count. Congratulations Karen, Staci, Eva, Tirnan, Treyven, Silver, and Abby. We missed you Alan, Rock, Aaron, Lori, and Marsha (also missing Ian because he had to leave early). #MakeItRock#RedRockMA#BlackBelts#WTSDA#StGeorge
This is a picture of one of our new youth black belt uniforms. As I sit here and look at it I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunity to work with these young kids. I will soon award 5 kids under 13 years old their black belts. These kids have out in 4+ years of hard work and dedication. I have seen them grow and mature into fantastic kids and role models. I have watched them struggle, I have talked them out of quitting, I am seen them fall down and stand back up. Each one of these 30 character traits is something that I have taught them and helped them understand. Do they fully understand each one of these words.. no but honestly I don't feel like I do either. Life is a beautiful journey which we always have the chance to improve ourselves. I used to be the instructor who made fun of programs like these, I'd throw out the "McDojo" scoff right and left, because I didn't understand. I didn't understand what it would do for these young students, what it would do for their behavior. I'm so proud now to have opened my mind to something new. I'm so grateful to @brannon.beliso and #KidsLoveLifeSkills for giving me a chance to build stronger kids who are empowered to do good. I'm proud to have my logo over these amazing character traits. I believe each one is completely necessary to achieve #BlackBelt . My wife said, "The uniforms look like a military uniform proudly displaying all it's awards and glory." I like that and I stand by that. These are young warriors and they should be proud of all these attributes, because I know I am.
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Huge #ShoutOut to the 7 #RedRockers who passed their black belt exam. Congratulations to Karen G. - 2nd Degree Black Belt, Staci M., Eva D, Tirnan D, Treyven S, Silver F, and Abby C. 1st Degree Black belt. I'm so proud of you guys. I'm super excited to have 6 more black belts to add to our amazing program. You guys are awesome. #MakeItRock#RedRockMA#RedRockStrong#BlackBelts