Sports are about more than just trophies. They are about getting active, bonding with others, perseverance, and challenging yourself. Beyond that, many life lessons can be learned through accomplishing athletic milestones and goals.
One young boy discovered this during his martial arts lesson at The Cave Of Adullam. In a YouTube video from the class, the boy was attempting to break a block when he began to cry. His instructor stopped him and asked what was wrong.
When the boy explained it was difficult to punch through with his left hand, his instructor told him a lesson that can be applied to all aspects of life.
"You know in life, there are going to be things that are harder to do than other things?" the instructor tells the boy. "And do you know that those things that may appear to be hard to do, you're going to have to do [them] as a man regardless?"
The instructor explains that it will take blood, sweat, and tears, but the boy can do it.
"You can do it. You just gotta put your mind to it. And it's good to cry because you can work through your emotion, so when it arises again, you can push it to the side, and do what you gotta do."
According to the The Cave Of Adullum's website, the school isn't simply a martial arts school. It is a spiritual war system. The video shows how the school teaches mental and emotional strength and endurance, as well as strong physical qualities. It also shows that it is important to keep on fighting through everything, be it physical pain or an emotional block.