You know… I have a very sweet, loving and innocent 10 year old daughter. She runs up to me all the time and gives me a big hug with a warm smile that would melt your heart – many of you have probably seen her do it in the studio. I love it. After coming across this article this morning, it made me think of her.
I am glad that she is getting ready to go for her Black Belt soon and will have to the tools necessary to slap around any of these misguided young men who think they can take advantage of her! She has been trained to say no to things that make her feel uncomfortable (peer pressure)… and she knows that if anyone puts a hand on her that makes her feel uncomfortable, she has free rein to haul off and teach them a lesson – even if its an adult.
I have played almost every sport available. I was an avid soccer player when I was young, playing on travel teams and competing in tournaments. I was also a talented tennis player spending most of my summers on hartue courts chancing a little yellow ball. In highschool, I played varsity baseball and basketball. In college I was varsity volleyball. I have competed at the top levels of badminton and even won a state championship. And of course, I have competed in martial arts tournaments as well.
When I was 17, I had a gun held to my head. It was an experience that changed my life. NONE of my althetic endeavors helped me in that situation. At 19 I started martial arts. Had I started martial arts sooner and learned the importance of making good decisions, I would never have been in the position I was in where holding a gun to my head would have been possible.
While I appreciate sports like soccer and baseball, to me, martial arts is something more. Baseball will not provide my daughter with the tools to defend herself from a harmful situation… nor soccer or any other “sport”. What martial arts will do (an in my opinion, the only activity that will do this) is allow her to first think and then to ACT BEFORE anything would happen and therefore avoid all the physical and more importantly the psychological impacts of such an attack. Because as we know… once certain things are done, they cannot be undone. I want my daughter to be PROACTIVE… not reactive.
If you know of anyone who might benefit from martial arts – even if they live in another state… feel free to forward them this link… Stryker Martial Arts and let them see the true facts of what our daughters face when heading to college…