We welcome all spectators to each class as we feel it’s important to be there to cheer on and encourage the students.
However, please refrain from coaching from the sidelines. It only hurts the students.
If the people they love most in the world are critical of them, they will think they are terrible and won’t want to come to class.
They won’t be able to focus on what they are supposed to do because they are too busy trying to live up to your standards.
There’s a reason you bring them to our academy… It’s because we do this for a living, and you’ve trusted us to share our knowledge with them. We have secret methods for getting them to Black Belt. It can’t happen if they quit from being overly criticized and overly coached.
Be their biggest fan.
Let us coach.
So, during your child’s classes, cheer, clap, whistle and encourage away. Use your personal notes, corrections, and criticisms on yourself when YOU are in class. (Our adult classes rock btw).
Are their hands down? How strong are their shoulders? They will be strong enough someday, and more coordinated to keep them up while kicking and moving, but today, they need to love being here.
Are their kicks too low? How is their strength and flexibility? They will be flexible and strong enough someday, but not today. If you are critical, they will hate it and want to quit, then we will never get there.
Tell them you love watching them train and you are proud of how well they are doing. We know what we’re doing, even if it looks like we are letting things go. Don’t believe me? Look at how amazing our Black belts are! They started just like your kid. Their families supported them and they made it. Your kid will too.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with our team and we will do our best to help.
See you on the mat!