Hey, parents Shihan here. I wanted to talk to you about a great challenge that we came up with, uh, basically having an awesome conversation with your ninjas after every class on the drive home. So whether you live two minutes away or you live 20 or 30 minutes away, this is a great conversation. That’s going to help your ninja really internalize and own the lessons that we teach here at karate. And I’m going to tell you a great secret at the end on how to use this everywhere we go. So three basic questions that you want to be able to ask your ninja to make sure that they get the most out of karate class. Number one, pretty simple. What did you learn today? So just open up and leave that open-ended question to your ninja. So that way, they think about what did you learn in class?
Maybe it was something about the warmup, or maybe it was something about their form forward break, or something about the life skill. Who knows it could be anything. Nothing is off limits about what did you learn now? Unfortunately, that’s where usually everybody stops. Hey, what did you learn in class? Okay, great. And then move on to two more important questions to make sure that you really sync it and internalize the process. Question number two, how did that make you feel? So by asking your ninja, how did that make you feel? You’re asking them to connect the logical side of the brain to the emotional side of the brain. And when you make that connection, learning skyrockets. So you’re asking them to connect thought with a feeling second benefit. You’re getting them to communicate their emotions and their feelings. So this is going to be a super critical skill as they get older.
So an example might be, what did you learn in class today? I learned that during communication, we should stand tall. Great. How did that make you feel? It made me feel really proud when I’m standing tall. I feel strong, and I feel proud. So now, whenever your ninja needs or wants to find that emotion or feeling again, they know physically. If I stand tall, I’m going to start to feel proud. Then they’re able to make those. Then they’re able to call up the emotions that they’re looking for. Think about that for a second. How often in life growing up, did you feel sad? Weak, scared. And you didn’t know how to break out of that habit by simply teaching your ninja by asking ’em this question, how did it make you feel? Then you’re going to have double everything that they learn in class. Not done. One more question.
Number three, question three. How are you going to apply that? This is an oh, a super important question so that your ninja starts to apply what they’re learning in the classroom, into their everyday life. Again. Now you’re going to see with the motion, and we skyrocket the learning. Now we double it again by asking them to apply it. So take our, our less our example before, how did you learn today, or what did you learn? I learned that whenever I’m communicating, I should stand tall. How did that make you feel? It made me feel proud. It made me feel strong. Great. How are you going to use that? When I go to school tomorrow, when I’m sitting in my chair, I’m going to make sure that I’m sitting tall. So that way I feel confident. I feel proud. Awesome. Now they’re going to be applying the skill in their everyday life based on what they learned here in the karate class.
So don’t stop at question Number one. I know every parent asks, ” Hey, what’d you do in school today? What’d you learn? I know, right? You get the blur or the, uh, the no answer or the Uhuh. And so, instead of that, what did you learn today instead of what you do today? What did you learn today? How did that make you feel? How are you going to apply that? Now here’s a great secret. This isn’t a karate thing. This isn’t everything thing. When your child goes to school or whenever they come from something else that they’ve learned from, as soon as they get in the car, three questions that they get asked, right? What’d you learn? How did that make you feel? How are you going to apply it? If you, as a parent, start using this skill with your ninja all the time.
Now they will skyrocket not only in their communication skills with you but also in their learning capacity and their design to want to do more so excited to see how that works for you. Make sure you start using it after every karate class. Let me know how it works. Do me a quick favor. If you’re still watching the video comment below, say you do the number three, right? Say three. And that way I’ll know that you’ve watched. And you know that you should be asking your ninja three questions and more importantly, please, this is great information for all parents. Please feel free to share it, put it into other parent groups, or give it to any of your friends. The more parents who know about these skills, the better we are as a community. The better we are as a country. Everybody succeeds.