Every week, we talk with our youngest students about a ‘Word of the Week’. I would like to talk to you all about a very important Word of the Week topic that is vital in such challenging times – Perseverance.
What is perseverance? According to www.dictionary.com *1, perseverance is:
“steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.”
www.kidsandvalues.com 2* says:
Perseverance is often learned by having to battle with something that is difficult for a long time until you have mastered it. The classic for many kids is piano lessons. Piano lessons are a good example because it normally takes several years to get to the point where you can sound good and actually enjoy it. Usually those that reach the point of enjoyment have learned a lot about perseverance because it has not been easy for them or for their parents. Many parents wonder whether it was worth the battle and many decide the answer is no.
For some school can be the challenge that teaches them perseverance. For others it is sports. It is good for a parent to encourage your child to work to develop some skill that does not come easy for them.
It’s fair to say the first part of April has been very challenging times for everyone, especially for martial arts schools. As a team of instructors across the UK, regardless of style or organisation, we are all in the same boat and need to work together and persevere to not only save our clubs but keep providing an invaluable service to our students! Traditionally, martial arts whether it’s kung fu, karate or fitness with self-defence is trained physically in person either privately or in a class. Being forced to move online with practically no warning has been particularly challenging for an industry that relies on mostly partner training and physical interaction!
A word that goes with perseverance is endurance! What is endurance? According to www.dictionary.com *3
the fact or power of enduring or bearing pain, hardships, etc.
the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions; stamina: He has amazing physical endurance.
lasting quality; duration: His friendships have little endurance.
something endured, as a hardship; trial.
What does this mean? Running a martial arts school is tough in these times while stuck at home teaching online. So is home schooling your children or stuck on hold trying to claim universal credits to pay your rent and buy food. So is not being able to go out and socialise or see your grandparents. We all need to dig deep and endure! We can feel sorry for ourselves lying in bed all day playing fortnite or minecraft or we can endure these challenges, show perseverance and kick ourselves in the backside!
Training at home is not ideal. It’s just as hard for your martial arts instructor trying to teach you self-defence or keep you fit without a training buddy! You can just give up and wait for your school to reopen, drink wine all day and binge watch netflix or dig deep and work on yourself! There is a whole world of online content out there for you to train from. Kung Fu Bromley is offering you access to a whole of solo training drills to do by yourself at home. Join in the two live Zoom classes with us and take away drills and exercises to practice by yourself. Now is the time to work on your forms, footwork, shapes, learn the basic attacks. Go online and learn yoga, follow a fitness program. Many are offering a month free. There’s no excuse now especially if you always give yourself the excuse, “I don’t have the time”. Lots of us are not sitting on trains or on the tube, we have the time to start learning martial arts online.
Keep punching, keep healthy, keep active and never give up!