"Discover the transformative journey of Evan, a young monkey who happens to also be a martial arts student who learns the power of love as his secret weapon. This inspiring tale from our life skills program at Jung Do Dojo shows how kids can turn challenges into steppingstones and earn their Hero Badge of courage and resilience. #JungDoDojo #HeroBadge #LifeSkills #PowerOfLove #Protector #Victimnomore #Bringiton #YesIcan
Evan, a diligent martial arts student, had hit a roadblock. A new technique they were learning at the Jung Do Dojo seemed impossible for him to grasp. Frustrated, he began to feel disheartened, his shoulders drooping as he sat on the edge of the mat, seeming content to watch his friends practice.
Just then, Coach Gorilla walked over. "What's bothering you, Evan?"
"I can't get the new technique right, Coach. I'm starting to think maybe I'm just not cut out for this," Evan sighed.
"Let me ask you this, Evan. Do you want to be the victim or the hero of your own story?" Coach Gorilla asked, looking deep into Evan's eyes.
"What do you mean?" Evan was puzzled.
"Who you are depends on what you repeatedly do," Coach Gorilla explained. "If you give in to the 'why me, poor me, it's not fair' energy, you're choosing to be a victim. But if you cultivate a 'bring it on, yes, I can' attitude, you're stepping into the role of a hero."
Coach Gorilla paused, letting his words sink in, before continuing. "You see, a hero is essentially a protector. And can you guess the secret weapon of the hero?"
Evan thought about it, then he smiled as he answered confidently, "Courage!?"
"Great answer," said Coach Gorilla "but, No. The secret weapon of the hero is Love."
"Love? Really?" Evan was intrigued but unsure how love could be a weapon.
"Yes, love," Coach confirmed. "Love for yourself, love for others, and love for the challenges that make you stronger. If you protect others by supporting and caring for them, you're a hero. And if you protect yourself by pushing through when things get tough and looking for opportunities where others see only obstacles, you're also a hero."
Evan looked up at Coach Gorilla, his eyes lighting up. "So, what you're saying is, if I want to be a hero, I need to think like one first?"
"Exactly," Coach nodded. "Thinking like a hero helps you feel like a hero. And when you feel like a hero, you'll act like one when it matters most."
Coach Gorilla then outlined a series of simple tasks from their Hero Badge syllabus in the life skills program. "Remember, Evan, a hero knows the importance of self-love and self-support. Your first task is to focus on how much you've improved - to see your accomplishments so you can see your value and not get distracted by what you can't do, yet. That's your secret weapon, loving what you've done so it can help fuel what you can do."
Evan nodded, already feeling more heroic. "Thanks, Coach. I never realized how important a heroic mindset was before. But now, I want to earn my Hero Badge and act like a hero, not just in the dojo but in life."
A few weeks later, Evan not only mastered the new technique but also acted more heroically in various situations, both in the dojo and outside. His confidence soared, and it was clear to everyone that he had indeed earned his Hero Badge, all thanks to the secret weapon of love.
This story is part of our life skills program, where students earn their Hero Badge as they work on embracing love, thinking like a hero, and facing life's challenges with courage and resilience.