With Australia Day today, I got to thinking about community and how important it is for a martial arts studio or school.
These days almost anyone can watch a few videos on YouTube and the UFC and then open up an MMA training centre. They seem to come and go, and then evolve into a Crossfit Gym, or disappear leaving a handful of dedicated students despondent.
We constantly get feedback from students and parents that the “sense of community” in Quantum Martial Arts is one of the key things that set us apart from other schools and dojos.
Don’t get me wrong, I am sure that other schools and systems could claim the same, but for Quantum Martial Arts and our instructors, Black Belts and broader community, I feel we have something truly special.
Here are a few thoughts on what sets Quantum Martial Arts apart:
- The leadership of all of the Black Belts in our system – these are powerful leaders who walk their talk
- Our awesome Children’s Trainers team who are committed to the development of children and their safety and growth as they grow into adulthood – this is critical work that needs to be honoured
- A martial arts suitable for Australian’s, but which has deep roots in traditional systems from Japan, Korea, Europe and other parts of the world
- A martial art that is first and foremost a self defence system – developed and distilled over more than 30 years
- Over 100 currently training Black Belts in the NSJJ network. Many of the Black Belts are still great friends of Quantum and NSJJ
- The friendship and support amongst the NSJJ network of schools – Northstar, Quantum, Keystone, Arrow, Eureka, Esprit, Weststar and Twin Tigers martial arts schools
- A philosophy and approach which is built around service. Our adult students help out with both the adult’s and children’s classes. When someone tries their first class with Quantum Martial Arts, they are assigned a senior belt to guide and assist. Senior belts mentor and assist junior belts. This is what the spirit of Australia was built on
- A truly diverse student group which is a microcosm of modern Australia – we have students from every race, nationality, creed, persuasion and background. It does not matter when you are in the dojo. Everybody is the same and everybody is enjoying the same unique experience.
So on Australia Day, I am optimistic for our young, great country because, fundamentally, Australia is built on ‘communities’ like our own.
So whatever you do on Australia Day, we wish you the best and we give you the day off training…only because the PCYC is closed for the day ha ha.
Have a great day, build a better you and build a better community.
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