I know I spend a lot of time with my daughter but it made me pause. From her perspective, it is time that could have been spent playing a game, talking, watching a movie or going shopping. This made me think of all the family and friends of karate practitioners and the sacrifices they make for our art. I was a karate practitioner's girlfriend before I was a karateka. This post is for all the parents, girlfriends, spouses, children and friends of martial artists.
Here is my personal list:
- Thank you for your acceptance of the time I devote to martial arts.
- Thank you for spending time and money accompanying us to the dojo, a tournament or an awards banquet.
- Thank you for washing those heavy uniforms.
- Thank you for listening as we enthusiastically describe in detail...a technique, a seminar event, a movie, a book or a conversation about martial arts.
- Thank you for not giving strange looks from across the restaurant table when we use our butter knife to illustrate a bo technique.
- Thank you for lending us an arm or a leg when we want to "try out" a technique we learned in class.
- Thank you for understanding that karate practice can happen at unexpected locations...in a restaurant parking lot, at a picnic, at a community walk-a-thon, etc.
- Thank you for your patience when Mommy or Daddy needs to teach class.
- Thank you for your flexibility because sometimes diner is at 5:30 and sometimes at 8:30.
- Thank you for not blinking an eye when we buy yet another custom made martial art weapon. (I have at least five bo.)