Why did I Start Training?


I love my profession. I’m extremely proud to call myself a Martial Arts Instructor. I believe that one of the most important factors that will increase my student’s success in Martial Arts, or anything else for that matter, is my own belief that they can succeed.

Do you remember your first “white belt moment” – a moment or epiphany early in your journey when things clicked into place for even an instant and you realised for the first time “I can really do this” or you thought “Jiu Jitsu is for me!”? I remember my first Taekwondo lesson when I was only 7 years old: my instructor taught me a punch and a front kick. At the time there was a bully at my school that was making life unpleasant for me and many of my friends. Although I never had to use it, I clearly remember the moment of learning the techniques, thinking it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, and instantly feeling more confident and empowered, and i never looked back. I was hooked on all martial arts and over the past 12 years Jiu Jitsu has been my obsession.

I’m sure you have a similar “white belt moment” or “ah-ha” where everything clicked into place for you emotionally, mentally, and physically. What was it? What was its lasting impression on you? How did it steer you towards your current path as a martial artist?

There may not be only one white belt moment that we remember either. Many moments may have combined together to set you on your path and purpose. Just as you can remember this moment or series of moments, what is so wonderful about what I do is that I like to think I create similar memories for others every day with my students, families, even for myself!

It’s important to remind ourselves of these types of moments – the sparks that ignited our passion, or the reasons why we fell in love with the lifelong journey of Martial Arts. This week, reflect on the following questions:

  • What prompted me to start training?

  • What was my first “white belt moment”? What goals did I want to achieve at that time?

  • What goals do I still have today?

  • Who was that positive person who guided me along my martial arts journey?

  • If you are an instructor, are you that positive person for your students?

  • Would I be the same person now if I did not train at all?

  • What does it mean to me to share white belt moments with my students?

  • What will nurture my instructor enthusiasm with my students so every class feels as exciting as my first class?