martial arts instructor lifestyle
A martial arts friend and colleague of mine sent me an email yesterday to wish my happy Mother’s Day. He said, “This may seem weird, but I wanted to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day. Not sure if you think about it this way, but you are truly a mother to your dojo.” It was the nicest thing I heard all week.
Back when I first earned my black belt as an 18-year-old, my father was very proud and confessed a secret desire that I would one day open my own dojo. At the time, I had different motivations. I wanted to eventually settle down to a comfortable job that would provide a reliable pay cheque so I could one day raise a family while doing Jiu-jitsu on the side as a hobby. There was no money in Jiu-jitsu, at least not the way I wanted to run things. (more…)