Updated for 2017
At Peak Performance, we build our kids up to be champions in life! One of the ways we do this is through our Life Skills program. We have a total of 12 Life Skills, one for every month. Each month, we go over the Life Skill: defining the skill, telling them examples, having them provide examples, working on each Life Skill at home, and we also try to incorporate the Life Skill into our class.
This month’s Life Skill is Determination: strongly motivated to succeed; not giving up!
What are some of the ways Peak helps instill determination?
Never Quit Attitude
In Jiu Jitsu, you have to constantly be moving. If you stop in a particular position, it makes it more difficult to get out. A lot of times, when our kids get in a difficult position, i.e.: they have been mounted, their partner has taken their back, they’re stuck in an attempted submission, etc…, they want to give up, quit. However, we don’t allow them to quit. We make them keep moving, inch by inch, until they’ve succeeded in getting to a more desirable position. This teaches them that if they keep trying, and are determined to accomplish a goal, they will succeed!
Not only does a never quit attitude help in jiu jitsu, it also will help them will other things in life. Take for example, there is a specific task that they are trying to complete, and they are having a really difficult time. Instead of getting angry and throwing their hands up in the air wanting to quit, they can think positively, "I CAN DO THIS! I'm going to keep trying until I get it!" This works when they are working on a difficult homework assignment, completing a chore, or anything in general that they are having a hard time with.
Everyone has their bad days/weeks/months/years, but we always encourage our students to keep trying. Just because you can’t get something today, doesn’t mean that you won’t get it tomorrow. In Jiu Jitsu, there is always that one move/transition/submission that you can’t seem to get, or that one training partner that you can’t seem to win against. However, we encourage our students to keep trying! Every time you try, you learn something more. If you keep trying to get that technique down, or keep rolling with that training partner you can’t seem to beat, and you never quit, eventually you WILL get it! And, there is nothing more satisfying than when you finally accomplish what you’ve been trying so hard to do!
Never say, “I can’t!”
Learning Jiu Jitsu can be difficult, especially in our advanced classes where they learn more complex moves, transitions, and learn to roll/wrestle around. It is difficult to apply the techniques they’ve learned while their partner is resisting and countering, so often times they say, “I can’t!” However, we don’t allow them to think this way! We encourage them that they can accomplish what they think they can’t, and we coach them through it. This teaches them that they are able to accomplish anything that they are determined to do.
At the end of every class, we always try to go over what the Life Skill of the month is, and we always have them provide examples. We also assign them simple homework in which they have to share next time in class. By doing this, it causes them to think about the Life Skill more, and not just in class.
Every day in class, we ask them what the Life Skill of the month is (this month it is Determination), what does Determination mean, and we ask them what are some things that they are determined about.
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