Martial Artists truly are Role Models.
Regardless of the discipline you practice, you will naturally -and if not you should intentionally- become a role model for others.
How does it happen naturally?
It happens because of the way you walk, or the way you talk, and because of the way you present yourself to others that are younger and newer at the same practice or studio; is always important to remember all of this as those younger and newer will begin emulating your behavior.
When I grow up I want to be like… (You name him or her!)
How do you make it happen intentionally?
Stay mindful of your behavior, but also stay informative and helpful. It does not cost you anything to provide a few minutes of advise to a younger practitioner when you see space for improvement in their form or technique.
As you begin to be that person, willing to help and staying caring, others will begin to naturally and continuously gravitate toward you, at times for your help and advise, and at other times for a simple positive nudge.
We, as adults and as experienced martial artists, have a responsibility and a duty to those who will look up to us. Mostly because we may find that such small moment may create a very positive and very long-lasting impact in someone’s life.
Find your inspiration, and become yourself the inspiration for another. Make your dreams come true, and be sure to help others reach their dreams as well.
That is the most fulfilling part of your life -when you can give back.
(With my nephew at Nationals, Carlitos -the Force.)
Sure, you want to be fit, flexible, and capable of defending yourself, and you want to be an expert in your discipline and get that belt.
You can do that, but also you can…