Since the camera is said to add ten pounds to a person, I have absolutely no qualms remaining on the other side of it. And, while some people (“Bad” Brad) take a particular shine to the camera, even using such time to engage in playful rhetoric against my beloved Saints, I peer quietly behind the lens, seeking to extract something from those conversations that I can yes to enrich my life.
A wise person once said that something can be learned from anyone, even if it’s how not to act. I have found those words to be true, and reflected on them as I filmed the show in which World Champion Kickboxer, Professional Boxer and Promoter Dale “Apollo” Cook was featured. As a parent and a citizen, I am concerned with our children’s self esteem and value. I embraced sports (despite being a nerd) as an avenue by which my children could learn teamwork and discipline. So, you can imagine my interest peaking as Dale Cook explained that part of the goal of Martial Arts was to teach life skills to the students. One of his students said that attending the academy changed his life. What a heart stirring complement. I encourage parents to look into this for their sons and daughters. With the epidemic of bullying being reported throughout the country, any investment that parents can make in teaching respect, discipline, work-ethic, and the ability to defend oneself when necessary is worth the sacrifice.
Another interesting tidbit about the show was that Dale Cook wanted to fight so he promoted his own fights. Young people, take note! If you want to achieve something you can. You may have to take the initiative, it may require a lot of work and huge sacrifices, but the results will be worth the efforts.
I must mention another point that I appreciated. There is life after the fight, match, game, the meet, or whatever sport a person participates in. Graduate the game into something that furthers the passion. Whether the next step is teaching or coaching, promoting or judging, there can be just as much satisfaction behind the camera as there is performing in front of it. Regardless of what path a person chooses, always remember that acquiring life skills, dedication, and hard work are the keys to successfully transitioning from physically participating in sports.