Parent’s Viewing Area

Updated: August 5th, 2021

When can I come and watch my child’s class?

That is by far one of the most common questions we get these days.  The short answer is soon.  The slightly longer answer is soon, but with some changes.

What changes are we making?

  • Reducing the number of parents allowed to spectate each class.
  • Implementing an online registration system so parents can reserve their viewing time.
  • Stricter enforcement of rules regarding phone usage, distracting conversations, and other distractions.
  • Zero tolerance policy on sideline coaching.  Sideline coaching will now get you banned from our viewing area!

When exactly is this going to all happen?

We do not have an exact date yet, but it will hopefully happen soon after the 2021-2022 school year starts.  Once we are ready to re-open the viewing area we will make sure everyone knows.

Why are we making these changes?

Before COVID came along and threw a whole bag of monkey wrenches into everyone’s systems, our parents’ viewing area with its 32 chairs was nearly always packed, and we loved it.  It has been strange over the past year to not have parents in the classroom, but it has taught us some valuable lessons.

The most notable difference is the increased focus of the students.  Let’s face it parents, as unintentional as it is, you are a huge distraction.  Yes, even those of you who are 100% attentive and as quiet as a mouse.  No matter what you do, your presence will always be on your child’s mind. They crave your approval, and whether they are looking over at you every couple of minutes for a smile or thumbs up, or hoping to avoid the embarrassment of sideline coaching (I’ll save that for another blog), you are on their mind. 

Martial Arts class is their time. It’s all about them, their learning, their growth, and their unique experiences.  Nothing should distract them from that.

None of this is to say that parents showing a genuine interest in their child’s learning and development is bad. That would be ludicrous.  However, minimizing these distractions has to be a priority for us. Our number one focus has always been, and always will be our students. That’s one of the reasons you bring them to us.

As always, we are here for you if you have any questions or concerns. 
 
~ Carlton