My wife and I have always tried to instill in our children that it’s very important to help people and be a “good guy”. Our son, Logan, has taken that to heart and I’m very proud to say, at the age of 6, he does exactly that. He is very open and caring for others along with being concerned about people’s well being. So when Thanksgiving time rolled around we spoke about what we are thankful for, like so many people do. He reviewed this in school, talked about it at dinner, drew pictures about what he was glad to have in his life, etc.
But thanks to Denny Strecker’s Karate, we got to do something to make a difference. The weekend before Thanksgiving, we got together with our karate family to build meal baskets for families in need. Logan, and his sister Maddie, came to help and were very excited to pick out which vegetables would go in their bag, make sure they got a pie for the family, etc. On the way home, we talked again about how what they did that afternoon was a great thing.
About a week later, my kids received new Christmas pajamas that they were so very excited about! That morning at breakfast, my son asked me, “Dad, can I pick out some of my old pajamas now and give them to people who need them?”( which we did).
It takes a lot to stop me in my tracks anymore, but that did. It also takes a lot to make me tear up, but I did that too. No doubt this was facilitated by the work we did at Thanksgiving. This is why we love Denny Strecker’s Karate! On top of the skills, fitness and fun he has in class, he’s become more assertive and more sure of himself. The program and instructors have also helped teach and re-enforce good values as well. I am so proud of Logan every time he practices for a belt test and for every skill stripe he gets. But it all pails in comparison to the life skills Denny Strecker is teaching my family.
We are lucky to be a part of this karate family!