At 44 years old I was struggling to spend time with my kids and stay healthy while working 70 hours a week. But for me the solution came in an unexpected way that engaged the entire family and gave me an opportunity to spend time with my kids while I stayed in shape.
I never really gave it much thought until my oldest boy was about eight years old and I said to my wife, “We have to do something with him…he’s going stir crazy without a way to burn energy.” If you have young boys, you already know energetic they are and directing that energy in our highly electronic world is not very easy. Enrolling him in soccer or football wasn’t the easy solution you’d think it would be (most of the child athletes in those sports now are starting much earlier, at five or six years old). Realizing our lives were hectic enough trying to manage a schedule with my work travel, and many unpredictable events for mom, we looked at a local karate school in our neighborhood for a solution.
If that’s not enough excitement for everyone, their 3-day/2-night annual Fall Training Camp at YMCA Camp Cullen, has been a blast every year.
I am sharing this story to let busy families, like ours and so many others in this area, know that with a little hard work and dedication, your families can share in the same benefits we have gotten from making martial arts part of our family programming. To see our video “journey to black belt” visit 2017 Our Journey to Black Belt or visit Ince Karate 2017 Annual Video.
UPDATE: thanks for publishing our little blog Woodlands Online!!! See it here: Balancing Family, Work and Health: Try Martial Arts