My name is Jason Child and I have been practicing karate at Villari's for almost 13 years. I started when I was 5 because both of my brothers had already been doing karate for a few years and I wanted to be just like them. When I first started doing karate what I liked most about it was learning new things. It seemed that everyday I was either learning something new or getting better at something that I had already been taught. I also was having fun because in every few classes we played a game, while I didn't know it at the time, these games really helped me to become better at punching, kicking, and reacting to new situations. It was the fun I had in learning that inspired me to want to become a black belt and over the next few years I worked really hard to attain that rank. Over those years my brothers both attained black belt and started teaching. They kept telling me how fun it was to learn black belt techniques and how they were enjoying teaching and so it was a combination of my brothers experiences and my experiences that influenced me to become an instructor.
There are many things that make teaching fun for me but I think the thing I enjoy most is when I am able to help a student who is struggling. Being able to see the moment when a student fully understands what they've been struggling with is really amazing and is one of the main reasons I have fun teaching. It is because of this that one of the things I want to see most out of the students I teach is a willingness to try and for them to practice to make themselves better. I know that this is impossible if they are not willing to ask for help when they need it so I always work to be available and willing to answer questions during class.
When I'm not teaching karate I'm usually working with computers as I am going to college with a major of Robotics and Mechatronics. It is for the same reason that I love karate so much, that I am now going into this major. I always want to learn more, become better at what I do, and see others improve. So, I plan on still teaching at Villari's even while I’m at college.