The only way to excel in your martial arts training is to commit to your training.
So many parents want their children to grow up with the best experiences so they can be successful in life. Few consider the commitment necessary to a successful end. Sure, hard work is important, but if you only train one day a week, the retention won’t be there, no matter how hard you train. This is true in just about every endeavor, learning a skill, sports, even martial arts.
If the goal is to learn to defend yourself or maybe earn a black belt, are you committed to put the work necessary to do so? If not, you can get some nice black belts on Amazon and pay a fraction of what would be a single month’s worth of tuition at most martial arts schools. Besides, belts are nice to have, to brag about, but the important thing about the black belt is the understanding that the person who wears it knows more than just how to defend themself. There are a host of character traits that are learned through martial arts, some come quickly, some take years to develop. It all depends on the individual.
Think of earning a black belt as earning an associate degree in college. Earning a second degree black belt usually takes a couple of years and can be related to a bachelor degree in college. A masters degree in college is much like earning a third degree black belt, and earning a master instructor rank is like earning a PHD.
If you want your child to get the best out of life, look for activities that suit the child and give them the support they need to stick with it, even if it means making them do it from time to time. Remember, children often strive for some level of independence by pushing back on things you want them to do. Choose your battles wisely. Get to the root of the objection and compromise on a solution. But keep any perceived bribery out of the mix. It is sure to backfire.