At our Determined Martial Arts Kickoff Party, I was honored to have my parents stop by for a visit. I was reminded when looking at this picture how much I’ve been Encouraged, Challenged, and Inspired by my parents.
Over the years, my parents have Encouraged me. When I first thought of pursuing martial arts as a career, I mentioned the idea to my dad. “What do you think?” “I think that could be a good idea,” he said. “You should look into that more.” He could have shut that down, thinking, “My son can do better than that.” But instead, he encouraged my dream and has continued to over the years.
Over the years, my parents have Challenged me. I was not the kid who wanted to do martial arts. I would much rather sit at home. But my parents knew I needed it and were adamant about that. Years later, I’m grateful they challenged me!
Over the years, my parents have Inspired me. It’s easy for people of any age to slow down and start to get complacent. Though they are in their late 40s now, my parents are just getting started! They approach each day with the goal of loving each other and those around them well, always seeking to grow and tackle new challenges.
When I tell the story of Determined Martial Arts and its mission, so much of it starts here! None of it could have ever existed without the love & support from my parents. Thank you!