Are You Through Playing Games?
Young students and junior grades can be forgiven if they get bored and want a little excitement to boost their enthusiasm during training. Hence, the little ‘bells and whistles’ instructors have to use to keep the momentum going. However, there comes a time when these toys should be put aside and students no longer have the need for the instructor to entertain them.
The brown belt (or 2 years into training) is usually when the student starts getting serious. It is the stage when the student has outgrown their desire for toys and games and takes on a different attitude towards their training. Can you imagine how an adult would feel if you give them a toy to play with? It would be treating them like a child. I am sure any student with a mature attitude does not want that and prefers to be treated seriously.
The cycle of life is raising and nurturing children until they are mature enough to look after themselves. Students are raised and nurtured in the much same way by martial arts instructors who will always be there to guide them. Anybody wearing a brown belt should start thinking about what will it take to make them better, not what will it take to make things better. Game over!