“Indomitable spirit, SIR”!
Those were the “five tenets” of our martial arts studio, the five character traits that the kids were to to develop from their training and the modeling of those traits from the “master”.
The kids did pretty well in doing so.
They embraced the disciplines and many became champions in the ring and better people out of it.
Much money and more time was invested in continuing to develop the character that is necessary to succeed in sports and in the world.
They believed in the tenets because they trusted in the one who spoke them.
Unfortunately the “master”… his “perseverance” and “indomitable spirit” having been taxed by financial issues, gathered his equipment in the middle of the night and closed the studio during the holiday break.
The kids were denied a last meeting, no goodbye to him or their teammates…just a note on Facebook saying it was over was the reward for their trust.
The kids were devastated.
They had been hurt by a trusted leader who spouted great virtues, but in the end did not live what he demanded of them.
If the story were to end there it’s a sad story indeed.
The virtues expounded are true virtues despite the actions of the one who taught them.
We are regathered the team last night and we will go forward through the efforts of the whole group.
We will each contribute our own individual talents and resources to the whole and each one of us will be needed to do so.
We will model the virtues we were paying another to teach.
We have chosen new leaders….but those leaders are there to serve, not to profit.
They are willing to do so out of love for the group.
We didn’t lose a leader, the leader lost a great team.
We still believe…
Make your own application…