Arrowhead Martial Arts and Fitness just held our annual Father's Day Training. We had a blast and the fathers that came have a new respect for what their kids are doing on the floor every week. We did the same thing in May for the mothers and had a nice turn out for that as well.
So why do special training classes for adults? The obvious answer is to get them out on the floor. Many adults are very reluctant to start a new sport or commit to training. Hey! I understand totally, I too was once one of those adults. It was a special training class that got me over my fear of failure and my inability to commit to training.
I signed my kids up for Martial Arts training as I felt it would do them some good. It was exercise with some discipline which was really important for my youngest who was later diagnosed with ADHD. All I knew was that they had tried soccer, football, baseball and basketball and really didn't like any of them. So I would schlep them off to classes two times per week at the local Tae Kwon Do dojang. The instructor, Master Hathaway, was a great lady who really clicked with them. I sat and watched.
She held a Mother's Day training and of course my kids challenged me to come. I thought "what the heck? I am there anyway." So I put on my sweatpants and t-shirt and showed up that night with trepidation. You know what? I had a blast. It was great, there was no pressure to be the best or have the perfect kick, Master Hathaway did a perfect job of putting us a ease.
I don't remember if I started right away after that night but I know some time after that she said: "Come on - join us for a family class!" I at least knew that I could do it.
Will holding a Mother's day or Father's Day training bring hordes to your school? Probably not, but it will help break the ice - so keep chipping - ya never know who will eventually "give in" and become a loyal student.