What Are Martial Arts Lessons Worth?

I am often asked by friends who know my Martial Arts background what they should pay for their children’s lessons, or indeed for their own. Recently one of my best friends, called me, outraged that the School he had just visited wanted what he considered to be too much money to teach his son.

To him I gave this response…….

What are Martial Arts lessons worth to the shy little boy who never raised his hand in class for lack of confidence, letting a world of learning pass him by before gaining the self esteem not only to raise his hand but to ask questions, having taken just a few weeks of Martial Arts lessons?

What are lessons worth to a single mum struggling to make it through life with a young son lacking in focus, motivation, and self discipline? After nine months in the programme, there were tears in her eyes when she and a beaming son came in to the School with his first ever report card containing an A!

What are lessons worth to the little eight year old girl whose lessons gave her the wherewithal to give a strange man a hard enough kick in the shins that he let go of her long enough for her to run away. (Thankfully, they arrested him later that day.) Any parent would get chills even thinking about such things, but I am sure those parents will never question the value of those lessons.

What are lessons worth to an auto mechanic with chronic back problems that vanished after several weeks of the stretching exercises before class? What’s the value of an increased life span for an attorney looking to vanquish his stress after long days of dealing with difficult people, finding serenity punching and kicking the heavy bag at the school?

What are lessons worth to a nurse who was grabbed from behind as she unlocked her car coming off the night shift at a hospital? Not to mention a certain perverse pleasure she may have taken for rendering her attacker (under armed guard) to the very ward she had just left! All thanks to a special women’s self defence class at the School that showed her how to use keys and other everyday objects as emergency weapons.

What are lessons worth to the high profile executive in the computer industry who suddenly and disastrously one day finds out that he has Cancer? What value do you place on the determination and courage to fight both the disease and the effects of long months of debilitating chemotherapy? In a struggle of life over death, what value do you, your wife and family place on the indomitable spirit that pulls you through?

In a world of gangs, drugs and high school violence, we all think it will never happen to our kids. What’s it worth to a parent’s extra peace of mind to have their teen involved in the pursuit of physical and mental EXCELLENCE while learning the value of respect to themselves and others surrounded by a positive environment of discipline and learning?

What is a child’s confidence and self-esteem worth? What is it worth to experience the joy of self discipline, motivation, and persistence? What is less stress and better health worth? More importantly, should you ever have to face a threatening situation, what is your life worth?

The answer, of course, is priceless, yet the tuition in our School is far more reasonable!

My reply to those friends who ask -“How can you afford NOT to take Martial Arts?”



Thanks to Andrew Wood for the inspiration for this article