I find it so interesting that after writing the “Training Parents” and “Parent, Teacher, Instructor Triangle” articles, that I personally get hit with a major parenting issue.
On Sunday I discovered that my daughter (15) hasn’t been using the internet “appropriately” if you know what I mean.
She has an iPhone and an iPad mini and has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that she isn’t able to handle having access to all the internet has to offer in the palm of her hand.
She is now dealing with the consequences, parental controls, phone is completely restricted and she can only call and text from her iphone. Needless to say she isn’t all that happy with me or her mother.
Which is fine with me.
My reason for sharing this is to remind you that things like this happen everyday in the lives of the families that train with you. And because you are such a great influence in the lives of those families, you may find (or have found) yourself in the middle of something like this where you are being looked to for support or help.
The good news is you don’t have to be a therapist or parenting expert to make a difference (and if you are a parent that you’ve got plenty of added wisdom). You can take any situation and look at it through the context of the tenets, the oath and the creed.
For example, just by applying the principles of Taekwon-Do anything can be resolved. When a student is acting out, deal with it in the context of courtesy. When a student is not doing their homework, deal with that in the context of integrity. When a student is improperly using Taekwon-Do deal with that in the context of the 3rd line of the Student Oath.
You’ve got everything covered. It’s up to you to match the mental aspect of Taekwon-Do training to what your students are dealing with.
This is one of the reasons I love Taekwon-Do. It was designed to strengthen humanity from individuals to all of society. As an instructor you get to pass that on to your students as you assist them in “building themselves physically and mentally based on the Taekwon-do spirit”.
About the Author:
Mr. Karstadt is the founder of 1 TKD Consulting and owns the longest running ITF Taekwon-Do school in Arizona, Karstadt Taekwon-Do in Phoenix, AZ with his father Master David Karstadt. He has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline, leadership and business skills of Taekwon-Do in classes and seminars to Instructors around the world. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com