What will your child gain from training in the martial arts? In the essay portion of his junior black belt test, Patrick Lyons, one of our student instructors, was asked to write about the impact his eleven years of training at DHAC Martial Arts has had on his life. Here is his introductory paragraph:
Karate has had a massive influence on my life, from the day I started nearly eleven years ago to today, over the years, I have learned so many valuable lessons and undergone countless experiences that have, no doubt, shaped the person who I am today. Some of these lessons are the kind that one would expect to learn from martial arts, such as self-defense, discipline, and self-control. Others, however, are not so clear-cut, such as courage, friendship, and a better appreciation for the world around me. Finally, the most important thing karate gave me was something that I could call my own, and that no one could ever take away from me. Over the past eleven years, karate has been so much more than a fun hobby or activity to pass the time. To me, my Kenpo journey has been a transformative experience that has shaped and molded the person who I am today in every aspect of my person.
We are so proud to have Patrick as one of our students, and his words express how martial arts training goes far beyond the punches, kicks, and techniques drilled on the mats- it becomes an integral part in your growth as an individual. Come join us for class and begin your own journey.
– Cynthia S., Assistant Director of Martial Arts at Dedham Health