First things first: Respect
I have a simple philosophy on what makes a good martial artist or martial arts school. It all comes down to one word, Respect.
What exactly is respect? Looking it up in the dictionary you will find there are many uses and definitions of respect. It's a sophisticated word that can be used as both a noun and a verb. The simplified definition that I use is; To treat people, animals and yourself with kindness.
When I teach karate, the most important lesson that I hope for all my students to learn is how to be a good person. Secondly, is how to be good at karate. Being a "good" person to me means being a person full of kindness who others admire. I call that being respectful.
Building respect starts in the dojo. Here are just some of the ways a student in karate can be respectful.
Ways to show respect in Karate:
Ways to show respect outside of Karate:
(Mr.) Tracy J. Carlin
10/16/2012 06:34:04 pm
I'm an American currently living in the Netherlands Holland is the most densely populated country in Western Europe (roughly the size of South Carolina with 16 million inhabitants). I'm originally from OK and for the first time I realize what a sad state our world is in. I think it's because there is no room here to escape it. The lack of respect for the sake of "Rights" is so highly concentrated one could almost choke on it. I'm curretnly writing an opinion paper entitled "When Did Right Replace Respect". I am also developin a survey which will be totally anonymous but will contain demographic information to determine how different age groups, nationalities, beliefs/religions, etc. view the subjects of respect and rights. I would appreciate your help in distributing the survey to those in your community or, if that's too much to ask, simply filling it in yourself.
Vashon Borich, Sensei
10/17/2012 02:45:54 am
Hello Mr. Carlin,
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Vashon Borich, Sensei teaches traditional karate & kobudo in Branson, Missouri. She considers herself a life-time student of the arts. Her blog is an open journal of lessons learned in the martial arts. If you are a martial artist and would like to contribute to her blog please contact her.
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