This is a quick note from Cari Bolen sharing her thoughts on
the influence the Martial Arts has had on her son, Bear Bolen. I asked
her to do this because I am blown away by this family and I believe
that we all can learn from them.
The best way to describe The Bolens (Kenny the Dad,
Cari the Mom, and Bear the Son) is the salt of the earth
When you meet these guys one thing is most evident and that
is before they know your name they make you feel like
If you know any Black Belts you know that we can sometimes
have an ego and because of our accomplishments we should. Bear Bolen
is not short on his, but, the things Bigger than his ego is his
humbleness, his humility and his warmth.
Oh, did I mention that he is only fifteen!
A testament to Great parenting and good Martial Arts
I can see through the last four years that my
son(Bear Bolen) has grown as a person in the
Martial Arts World....through his Tae Kwon Do.....this has given him
much self-confidence and respect for others ....even when he does not
have the respect from others either in school or wherever we may
be....he still is polite to others with a wonderful sense of
What a great learning experience this has been for him
with the testing and teaching and the many many tournaments that we have
been blessed to participate in....I know this sport will take him very
far in life ...in very many different aspects of his life....he will
only keep growing and learning while he stays in Martial
It is a true blessing when others parents come talk to
my husband and I about his compassion for others and his wonderful
sportsmanship that he has toward others ....
As parents we are very proud and we Thank all of the
Instructors that we have been blessed to meet and to learn