Updated: Oct 4, 2022
By Jim Graden
When talking about leadership I'm referring to a child that acts and does things that are admired by teachers and parents, and have an ability to influence other kids in a positive way. Learning to lead predominantly by example. There are plenty of leaders that have the innate ability to influence others and not always in a good way. This is where gang leaders can come from. Our goal in World Champion Martial Arts is to teach children the attitude and habits of a positive leader, so they can become positive leaders on our community. Positive and effective leaders are created not born.
“My two boys trained for years with Jim Graden, both ultimately obtaining their black belts. One graduated from West Point and is an Army Captain. The other is an Auburn Graduate and is a successful insurance agent. Their martial arts training gave them confidence to face many challenges. I count the many years of karate training as among the best experience of all”
Marcus Castillo P.A.
Teaching the habits of Focus and Effort. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, two of the richest people in the world, were asked "in one word, what would you say is the secret of success?" and they both, almost at the exact same time, said "Focus". In our World Champion Martial arts Leadership Program we teach Children and teens the skill of focus. Learning early on that developing the habits of good eye contact, speaking clearly and avoiding "yeahs" and "ums" when responding.
We also have what we call a "listening position". The students stand with both hands behind their back, feet shoulder width apart and communicating with their entire body, that they are focused, listening and learning. Not just hanging out and day dreaming. Effort is just making sure that your child understands the old saying of "if you are going to do something, do it right". I always tell the students in our Martial Arts classes that as long as you give me focus and your best effort you are good with me, because I cannot ask for anything more. How do you get maximum effort out of children is answered in step Part (2).
"All Children should have access to leadership training, not just the select few"