A Recipe for Student Success



3 Eggs

1 Cup of Oil

1 Cup of Sugar

1 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

˝ Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg

3 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 ˝ Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 ˝ Cups coarsely Shredded Unpeeled Zucchini

1 Cup Finely Chopped Walnuts


In large bowl, beat first five ingredients until light and fluffy. Blend in sifted dry ingredients. Gently stir in zucchini and walnuts. Turn into two greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in loaf comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Remove from pan, cool completely.

Makes two loafs of my wife’s most delicious zucchini bread.

There are some obvious facts here. First, it takes a skilled cook to produce excellent baked goods. Second, many fine and top choice ingredients are needed.

Third, the gathering, mixing, blending, baking and cooling of these ingredients takes much time. There is a great difference in taste between store bought products and home made baked goods.


Now let’s compare this to student success. To produce quality students the ingredients needed are

1 Cup Excellent Teacher

3 Cups of Quality Programs

1 Teaspoon Attention to Details

2 Teaspoons Customer Satisfaction

1 ˝ Teaspoons Student Expectation

1 Cup Firmly Packed Information

1 Teaspoon Motivation

2 ˝ Cups Finely Diced Techniques

1 Cup all Purpose Excitement

3 Teaspoons Experience


          In dojo, combine first five ingredients until strong and solid. Gently blend in information and motivation. Stir in diced techniques. Cover entire mixture with excitement and experience. Test under fire for long periods of time and be cool after each achievement.

          The activators of this recipe are the ingredient suppliers (The Parents) and the time needed to make this recipe a top grade product. Parents must invest as much time and energy into their child in making sure the student attends class regularly, is involved in all activities the program provides, and stays on top of all current information, as the student does in training hard and often.

          Without parent commitment the program fails. Of course, all this takes time. The martial arts is not something you do for a season, like playing soccer or taking dance lessons, winning some awards or putting on a show. It is a process that involves character building, body strengthening, and mind development. Real progress can be seen among students who spend years in such a dynamic program. Parents are amazed at the growth and development they see in the long-term student.


          So we can blend, mix, stir, chop, dice and bake, but without the two main ingredients, parents and time, an inferior product will be produced. Give me dedicated parents and enough time, and I will return to you ladies and gentlemen, leaders, and yes warriors. This is the best recipe on the market today, and yet it is as old as time itself.        


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