We started Jack in karate when he was six for all the obvious reasons – build strength and co-ordination, learn self-discipline and persistence, and because he loved Lego Ninjago a lot more than trying to catch a football early on a frosty Sunday morning!
Nearly 12 years on, he has gained so much more than that. Karate has taught Jack how to play the long game, to set personal goals, and to be patient. He has built so much self-esteem from achieving these goals, not through competition with others but by working on himself.
But most importantly he has come to know and respect a diverse group of people of all ages and backgrounds – a group who have become family and part of his heart. And that has added a depth and richness to his life that we never expected but are truly grateful for.
I believe we were very fortunate to have made a connection such as this with Jack, I see that karate and James’ values have factored heavily in Jack’s growth to adulthood. I also see this as a foundation for Jack, and has demonstrated to us as parents the commitment he has made to his schooling.