What You Don’t Know

My grandson Triton came in with me to summer camp this morning. On the way in he brought up a problem that was apparently still unresolved from weeks earlier.

Triton said, “you know that time I didn’t wanna do jumping jacks on grandma’s computer Buelo?” (he calls me “Buelo, his term of endearment based on Spanish “Abuelo”; also, “that time on grandma’s computer” referred to the time he tried to attend his class via the virtual dojo.)


I remember being disappointed with him that day because he wasn’t participating and eventually left the class. I learned today the truth of what had happened.

“I didn’t want to do it because I don’t know how to do jumping jacks Buelo.”


Wow! From the mouths of babes. What a great lesson!


  1. Sometimes we know what we know and sometimes we know what we don’t know; but it’s what we don’t know that we don’t know that will get us. A great leadership lesson about learning.
  2. We should never assume the meaning of someone else’s behavior. A great leadership lesson on communication and empathy.
  3. It is our responsibility to help our children, students and others to learn what they don’t know so they can do what they can’t do. A brilliant reminder of our mission and purpose of empowering lives through martial art.
  4. We can learn from everyone- even a five year old.


What don’t you know that could get you?

Who would you like to help learn and grow?


How can we help?


On the Quest,

Grand Master Stephen Del Castillo, 7th Degree

Sensei Diego Teaching Triton Jumpick Jacks This Morning At Camp