In the old days, families created strong, loyal, life- long, mutually dependent bonds. ‘Blood was always thicker than anyone or anything else to family members.’
The family elders were always treated with respect and their advice followed. Outsiders had little or no sway over anyone within the family unit. Family elders were cared for throughout their lives and remembered long after they were gone.
Today, unfortunately, that has somewhat changed. With this loss has come the problems which fill the headlines of our papers and the internet daily and which many of us must endure personally.
One of the main reasons the families of old created such strong bonds was because they took part in many - if not most - activities together. Most families today, however, have strayed far from this approach, usually not out of choice but out of economic necessity, which often requires that both parents must work to make ends meet.
The kanji, or pictogram, for Piety stresses the need for a martial artist to always show proper respect to his/her parents.
The kanji for piety shows the correct relationship between a true martial artist and his/her parents. Two symbols are actually presented. The symbol for elder rests above that of child, showing that a child always defers to, supports, and is dedicated to his/her parents.
Many parents nowadays are forced to spend far more time than they would like away from their homes and their families.
In such an environment, children turn to their peers, the internet and social media (L) for support and advice rather than to their families. This leads to gang membership, drug and alcohol addiction, dangerous sexual activity, school dropout and many other problems which are highly destructive to the child, the family, and society.
Although the world has changed drastically since the ‘good old days’, families who want to create strong bonds among their members still attempt to do things together.
Training in the martial arts is one of the most wonderful things a family can do together. It gets everyone into the best shape of their lives, increasing both their longevity and their quality of life. No other activity offers the same level of stress relief and peace of mind as does the martial arts.
Plus, it's fun!
Family Plans are available to encourage family bonding, and to make it easier from a financial standpoint.
Someone once said, "The family that kicks together, sticks together." After 40 years of training and teaching the Martial Arts, raising two children, and being married to a wonderful woman, I can say the above quote is definitely true!
At the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts, we teach a way of life. For over 30 years our professional Martial Arts system is a well thought out curriculum that teaches more than just the art of self-defense. We delve deep into our students’ technique, skill set, confidence, concentration, intelligence, intuition and overall physical fitness.
The Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts has been voted the best club in Mississauga and Port Credit area since 1995 (that’s 21 years!) by the readers of the Mississauga News. In addition, the Academy was voted as the “Top Choice” for Martial Arts clubs in Mississauga for the last two years (2016, 2017). Most recently, the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts was voted as a 2017 Mississauga South Business Star for Community Impact Excellence.
Contact us today if you’re interested in martial arts and self-defense classes and schedule your free-trial class!