Giving the gift of martial arts is more than giving someone “fun.” It’s giving a gift that will change someone’s life for the better. You can’t say that about a video game.
Few things have changed the lives of today’s children more than the combined onslaught of personal electronics, social media, and massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like Fortnite. Many typical adolescents begin the day communicating with friends through text and social media. They barely say two words to their family before leaving for school. Then they go to a school that has become a digital playground. Declining attention spans continue to degrade their ability to focus for more than 5 minutes at a time. At day’s end, these same young people go home to an evening of Snapchat and Fortnite at the expense of meaningful communication with their peers and their family. It seems like the more we’re “plugged in” to these objects, the less we’re “plugged in” to life around us.
An SDSS Journey
A journey in the Martial Arts will develop life skills on a deep and profound level. At SDSS, Grandmaster DeMasco built a Life Skills program to teach the values of Respect, Honesty, Patience, Self-Control, and Self-Discipline. Studies have shown that students’ ability to pay attention is in sharp decline. The focus, patience, and self-control of the martial arts will be the edge your child needs. At a time when many students don’t know how to show the most common courtesy, look people in the eye, or say words like “please” and “thank you,” the martial arts will help build the respect they need.
A Child Who Can Change The World
Grandmaster DeMasco once said, “Every day in this world a child is born that can change the world. However, we don’t know what child that is. So we must take care of each and every one of them. That is how we become one of them.” Every SDSS instructor goes to work each day with that mindset. Every child who walks on our floor has the potential to change the world. It’s our job – parents, and instructors working together – to get each one of them ready.
If you want to give a gift so you can cross one more thing off your list, then it doesn’t matter what it is. But if you’re looking for a gift that could really change someone’s life, give the gift of the martial arts.