Dear Mom and Dad,
Thank you for signing me up for martial arts.
I love studying and practicing.
Sometimes I might say that I want to quit, but what I really mean is… I need your help to get refocused.
I love what I’m learning and I know it’s good for me.
Don’t let me quit.
Oh, and please come watch me on the mats. I don’t mind if you’re on your phone… but every once in a while look up and give me a smile or a thumbs up
And after class, tell me that you love watching me train and work hard.
Sometimes that’s all I need to take my experience from good to GREAT.
Ask Sensei how I’m doing once in a while. He likes it when you ask him.
Sensei talks about the same things you’ve always taught me, but I listen better here, on the mat. I don’t know why. But I remember hearing it before.
Sensei always asks me to look at him in the eye when I talk to him. I sometimes forget to do that with you. I’m sorry. Please remind me, gently, how important that is.
I am going to be a Black Belt. I know that’s what you always wanted for yourself… and now for me.
I’ll share my lessons with you. Maybe we could be Black Belts together?
And just for your information, you’re ALREADY a Black Belt in my mind.
I love you.
(by Fariborz Azhakh)