Empty Your Cup
There once was a great teacher who had many students. One student in particular who was very talented, however also very impatient. Whenever the teacher would say something to the students in class, the student would start trying to execute the technique before the teacher could even finish his instruction. When the student was offered correction, he would always reply “OK, I got it”.
The teacher saw potential in his student despite his lack of respect. The teacher decided to help the student see how his actions were limiting his growth. The teacher invited all of the students to a tea ceremony after class.
The students attended the ceremony and each was served a cup of hot tea. When the teacher served his impatient student, he continued to pour even when the cup was full. Eventually the tea overflowed the cup and started pouring onto the floor.
“Master!” cried the student, “Stop, my cup is full!”
Regardless of the style of martial arts you practice we can all appreciate the lesson here. Martial arts begins and ends with respect; respect for the teacher and the instruction being offered, respect for the process and time it takes to master the fundamentals, respect for the training area and respect for our training partners who become, in essence, our martial arts family.
This month our focus is on the family. Just for reaching out we will send you a coupon for $100 off one of our regular individual or family memberships!
Mr. Soares began training in the martial arts at the age of 13 and shortly after graduating High School he earned his Black Belt. Mr. Soares opened a small karate club in 1992. In 1999 he went to serve in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for ten years. During that time Mr. Soares was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Flight Medic. While there, in addition to his duties, he also taught self-defense to soldiers in his unit as well as soldiers from other countries. In 2011 he opened Lance Soares’ Family Martial Arts Center in New Bedford and has since served as its director and chief instructor. Mr. Soares is currently an 5th Degree Black Belt in the Parker system of Kenpo Karate.