Secret #1: Black Belt Leadership Parents never interact with their children during class.
They realise that watching a martial arts class is just like observing their child in regular school, and the instructor is the only person in charge. Interrupting or interacting with their child would be disrespectful to the instructor and distracting to all of the students. Please refrain from all interaction unless asked by the instructor to do so.
Secret #2: Black Belt Leadership Parents always bring something quiet to do during their child’s class.
They know that talking is disruptive to the class and to other parents who are concentrating on class, reading or working quietly. If Black Belt Leadership Parents want to socialise, they go outside until the class period is over. Parents and guests watch and wait in the lobby area only. Black Belt Leadership Parents do not stand or wait by the door, front counter or hallways.
Secret #3: Black Belt Leadership Parents always keep their future black belts and Leadership students -to-be (ages 0 and up), under control and quiet during older siblings class.
Crying, screaming or rowdy children can be a major distraction to class. Black Belt Leadership Parents know this and always take overly enthusiastic little ones outside.
Secret #4: Black Belt Leadership Parents realise that the Leadership Academy is not a daycare centre, so they drop off and pick up their children promptly.
They realise that the front desk staff cannot be responsible for their children left attended before and after classes. If a child MUST unavoidably be left for extra time, Black Belt Leadership Parents always alert the staff and make sure that their child knows where to sit quietly & wait.
Secret #5: Black Belt Leadership Parents know how and faithfully practice all school rules and policies.
They follow and enforce these rules with their children. When mum and dad follow the school rules and regulation, then their child is more likely to follow their example. This starts at the front door, where everyone is to bow and greet the instructors when entering and leaving.
Secret #6: Black Belt Leadership Parents pay attention to what their children are learning in class and reinforce their positive behaviour at home.
They realise that as parents, they are an important part of the academy’s team, & help their children to improve by working with the instructors & staying informed.
Secret #7: Black Belt Leadership Parents know that their child is an individual who will progress at their own rate.
They never compare a child to their sibling or other students. They encourage and support each child’s progress and help them to set and achieve realistic goals.
Secret #8: Black Belt Leadership Parents remember why their child joined in the first place, not to just memorise forms, but to improve themselves as people.
Black Belt Leadership Parents are never harsh or pushy with instructors about how fast their child is learning. Black Belt Leadership Parents know that memorising is not necessary or important. They take a moment to see how their child is improving as a whole person. They realise that rank graduation is mandatory however, just a part of the big picture.
Secret #9: Black Belt Leadership Parents know that if they have a concern about their child’s training, progress, or about the school, they should go directly to the instructor, not to other parents.
Black Belt Leadership Parents never start or participate in gossip. In fact, they do their best to stamp it out.
Secret #10: Black Belt Leadership Parents are encouraging to all of the students in the school during class, promotion, and demonstrations.
They know that through their example, their children will also learn to encourage and support everyone in the Leadership Academy.
Secret #11: Black Belt Leadership Parents always make sure that they and their children show respect and courtesy when attending tournaments and other martial arts functions.
They especially avoid confrontations with judges and other parents. Showing respect and courtesy is a great way to teach their children to be good sports, whether they win or lose. If they do have a concern, they respectfully take it to the tournament director or to an event staff member.
Secret #12: Black Belt Leadership Parents will always help their children set goals both in and out of martial arts.
Black Belt Leadership Parents use their Leadership workbook to set martial arts goals with their children. They also use this valuable tool to plan life goals. Black Belt Leadership Parents know that goal setting will help their children develop the perseverance and self discipline needed to stick to commitments and achieve great personal success.