I have to say how grateful I am to have upper rank students to help take over teaching at the House of Courage in Cedar Hill, Texas for me so I could go to San Antonio and meet Kyoshi Larry Vellucci from Kobukan Karate Federatiion for my own training in kata and bunkai.
Our school has operated since 2008 in Cedar Hill, Texas as the only Christian Martial Art system in the area. We operate out of the fellowship room in our church Cornerstone Bible Church.
As most instructors and school owners know, you will have those students that are doing this because their parents made them and they really have their heart in another sport. But then you will get those students that are there because they love it and they are in it for the long haul. Those students are far and few between.
As the saying goes; if 10,000 join a martial art school, half will drop out in the first 6 months. Of the remaining 5,000 only 1,000 will complete 1 year and then quit. 500 will make it to 2 years and only 100 will make it to being there 3 years. On average, less than 20 of the original 10,000 will get their Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) and less than 5 will attain their Nidan (2nd Degree).
We recently had our first 2 youth attain their Jr. Black belt after being open now for 7 years! They did this in 2 years and 7 months of dedication to learning. So this saying of 20 in 10,000 is very true because I have seen it to be true in my own school. It is because of students like this that I was able to go to San Antonio to meet with Kyoshi Vellucci and work on some of my own training.