Let’s get back to the past though. Back then to become a teacher was also considered a privilege but more so considered a duty. The passing of knowledge from teacher to student was and still is the only way for those original skills to survive generation after generation.
Reading books and studying manuals can only get you so far without having a real live person giving you hands on training. So, you can imagine that the importance of continuing this "passing of knowledge" through teaching was emphasized a lot during a student’s training. Though not emphasized greatly in our modern fast paced get it now society, this is indeed the case still to this day.
It is that philosophy which fosters the nature of community within martial arts and helps those who understand it to give without the thought of receiving. Although some of the ideals taught in the past have been lost, skewed or blurred over time, there are still many in the martial arts community who remain committed to the very core of those ideals.
Partly to blame is our modern lifestyles that make it tough for many to really appreciate everything they are involved in 100 percent because they have so much to do and not much time to do it. One of the ideas behind project Front Kick is that of community, not just within the martial arts population but the
entire community in which we live. We hope to encourage that core belief in giving without the thought of receiving to promote a better society.
Just like other team sports, a good martial arts program can help instill a sense of purpose and belonging that is difficult to measure.
On top of that we have the individual improvement aspect in which each person separately, must learn and refine several new skills to be promoted to a higher rank. This can enhance one’s ability to focus on reaching set goals. For kids that sense of purpose and belonging combined with a good
structured environment that teaches how to set and achieve goals can make a significant impact. We want to keep these benefits within reach for everyone.
project Front Kick also represents the idea of keeping programs and classes accessible to those willing to learn but unable to afford participation costs. Tapping in to that core ideal of teaching others we hope to work with a number of volunteers willing to donate time to teach martial arts through low cost or subsidized programs and other community activities such as women’s self-defense and outreach for youth at risk.
Another concept that remains at the heart of our mission is the ability to bring many martial artists from different disciplines together to work towards the same goals while recognizing and respecting the individual skillsets they have. This concept is important because we hope to eventually host many different styles of martial arts within a central community center that will double as our non-profit headquarters. For more about this project which has been dubbed project Side Kick visit our project Front Kick Funding Page Here.
Amber would like to enroll her daughter, Julie, in classes at Kim’s Martial Art School, but can’t afford the full monthly cost of $60. Amber contacts project FRONT KICK for financial support.
project FRONT KICK checks Amber’s financial status and determines if she qualifies for a scholarship. If so, project FRONT KICK contacts Kim’s Martial Arts School to create a partnership that will help Julie get into classes.
If Kim's Martial Arts School is interested in the program they will become a scholarship partner and collaborate with project FRONT KICK.
project FRONT KICK contacts Amber to let her know that Kim’s Martial Arts School is now a program partner and according to her income, she qualifies for a three month scholarship.
A very happy Julie gets enrolled at Kim’s Martial Arts School, begins classes, meets new friends, and soon gains the confidence to demonstrate her newly learned skills in front of a large group.
project Front Kick sets up a monthly payment of $30 for three months, directly to Kim’s Martial Arts School, on behalf of Julie’s family to offset the cost of classes. The actual amount is based on qualifications.
Kim’s Martial Arts School collaborates with project FRONT KICK to provide volunteers for various community projects and programs.
project FRONT KICK organizes a women’s self-defense clinic for the girls at Young Women’s Charity and invites partnering schools, including Kim’s Martial Arts, to help provide volunteer support for the clinic.