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What Do We Teach: Respect

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What Do We Teach: Respect

RESPECT:  The first thing you learn in Karate is the "Bow."  In Martial Arts, the bow is a sign of respect.  Respect means saying "please and thank you," honoring a friend, helping out at home without your parents asking you to do so, looking at your parents and teachers in the eyes, telling your parents that you love them and following the rules. 

To respect others, you must first understand what it is. In short, respect is showing positive feelings and attitudes towards yourself and others, and always taking others into consideration. There is a deep sense of this for everyone in a martial arts program.

In martial arts, teaching respect is one of the core tenets all students must learn and perform both on and off the mat. That means bowing to instructors and opponents at competitions, as well as treating every person with decency and kindness. In this sense, respect and martial arts are synonymous with each other.

Students learn to bow to their instructors at the beginning and end of class as a sign of acknowledging their leadership and skill. This is important because students learn to recognize that people in higher positions deserve respect for their work to reach that position. Just as one would respect an elder, martial arts students do the same to their teachers.

 

This is ingrained in students from day one. Learning this in the classroom leads to appreciating others, and yourself, out in the world whether that is at school, home, or work, which is why martial arts teaches respect.

 


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