In my speech class last year, my professor told us on the first day that there was a phenomenon that seemed to happen about a month or so after classes begin. For the first few weeks, most of the seats would be filled. Over time, students would stop coming to class, never to be seen again. Her explanation for this? There was a black hole in the middle of the campus that swallowed them up.
I believe that there’s a similar phenomenon that happens in our Tae Kwon Do class. There will be students who seem to really enjoy class. Usually these students will be well on their way to their first (or next) belt test. One day, they will not show up to class. There will be a continued absence to where I wonder where they are. As time goes on and they still haven’t come back, I wonder what happened to them. I’m just a student so I don’t know everything my instructors might know about the situation, but sometimes we will both wonder together what happened to so and so. They seemed to be really involved in class, so why did they stop coming?
When the disappearance of a student happens in the middle of the year, it’s anyone’s guess as to what happened. But when it happens after Christmas break to several people, I have a little bit more of an idea. I usually only miss class one or two times a year at most, so I haven’t really experienced what I’m about to say relating to martial arts, but Mr. Mc and I talked about this a few weeks ago. When there is a delayed break in training, it takes effort to decide to start up again. The “Well, we’ll just start back next week,” turns into “Well, maybe after school (or football/baseball season) is over.” On and on this goes until the student or parent in question just doesn’t bother anymore. The longer you wait, the harder it is to start back.
There’s been a few people that seem to have fallen into this trap recently. I really miss their being in class and I hope that they will come back if they truly enjoyed their Tae Kwon Do training. It really makes me wonder what their reasons are for not coming any longer. I wish I knew. Maybe that black hole appeared outside the dojang and sucked them into it.