After watching the TED Talk a couple of times I decided to dig deeper by buying the book. It has been a worthwhile read and the result has been a discovery of sorts for me and my karate school, Bushido Karate Dojo.
The short of it is this:
Martial Arts Made Me a Better Person.
My mission is not to make people better at punching and kicking.
My mission is to use the structure and expectations of Karate to:
Make Better People.
Therefore according to the Why / How / What (Results) format…
WHY: At BKD we BELIEVE in PEOPLE.
HOW: We teach Karate to help people to discover their inner strengths, and weaknesses.
WHAT (are the Results?):
The obvious is to say: White, Yellow, Blue, Green, Brown, Jr. Black and Black Belts.
The Hope is: Fears confronted on the dojo floor will create a paradigm shift for participants, allowing them to overcome past obstacles and to face the future with a resolve to overcome.
The Truth is: Confidence, knowledge and skill transferred to the student through success in the dojo creates athletes, scholars, and leaders.