In this day and age, where it seems like kids feel so entitled, it is easy to overlooked the fact that this doesn’t necessarily translate into actual self-esteem.
I have a son who is ten years old. Like many 10 year olds, it’s a struggle to get him to do much of anything that doesn’t involved a mouse or a game controller.
After various stints of Judo attendance over the years, we just recently got him going again. I have been hoping, that as he nears his 11th birthday, that some of the testosterone will kick in a bit more, and the draw of Judo and Jiu Jitsu will as well.
He did pretty well in class. As we walked out to the car though, Sensei followed us out. Mike walked out to the car, and leaned down to my son. He told him how impressed he was with his efforts, and how well he was doing. He told my son
that he would like to take him and a few of the other boys over the next few weeks, and have them work on some specific moves in order to prepare to test for the next belt.
My son was thunderstruck. He looked in shock, and said one of the most heartfelt “thank you”‘s I’ve ever heard.
As we drove away, he informed me that he was actually proud of himself.
It may sound like a small thing to you, but I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to hear those words from my son. to see him really happy with himself.
He sang along to the radio all the way home. So did I.
Thank Sensi Mike Hermosillo for all that you do.