Every Monday, I teach a little school program in Goose Creek. Inside that little class, I seem to always learn as much as I teach. Lately, we have been having some behavioral problems when all the kids sit on the wall to watch the technique of the day.
Some days they fight because other kids are squishing them. Other times they fight because they wanted to sit by whoever is the popular kid that day. Its always annoying haha. But I try to pay attention to everything, and lately I have been talking to the kids about other people.
I know that sounds like a funny sentiment, but the nature of a child who is in conflict is tunnel vision. The entire world boils down to what they want and whoever/whatever is the road block stopping them from getting it.
Every Monday, I talk to the kids about how no person in Jiu Jitsu is more important than another. We all need each other. You can’t learn Jiu Jitsu in the air. We talk about how if you tried to build a house by yourself, it would take you years. But if you have 8 friends who are strong and kind and who want to see your house get built, then it can be done in no time.
When I first started talking about this, I was amazed how the kids settled down. I think even children know in their hearts that they have to learn how to get along.
But the cornerstone of getting along with other people is value. This person has as much right to be here as I do. Its hard to fight over things when you recognize that you are not the star. You are apart of a constellation.