How Martial Arts Training Can Teach Respect

This article is about how martial arts can help foster respect. It details how the respectful practices in the training facility are carried over into all aspects of a student’s life.

There are a number of key principles that underline and unify all of our martial arts training programs. These include courtesy, self-discipline, greater self-esteem and improved self-confidence. However, there is one main principal that underlies all the others, the principle of respect.

Respect is a cornerstone of our Martial Art, PaSaRyu and our philosophy at SUN Martial Arts. As a Sixth degree black belt with over 20 years of full time teaching experience, I thoroughly believe that respect is a major key to how martial arts can help improve people’s lives. This is particularly true with regard to the young people who take part in our Dynamites and Youth programs.

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Young People

Our martial arts programs for kids and teens are designed to promote positive behavior both on and off the training mat. The respectful manner in which we conduct our training and interactions at our facility has a powerful effect on our students that is generally carried over into other aspects of their lives. We foster an environment where students are encouraged to respect not only their instructors and fellow students but also themselves. Many parents observe that by practicing respect for themselves and others while training in martial arts, their kids develop a greater sense of respect in other key areas of their lives including at school, at home, and in their social interactions with their peers.

Martial Arts, Discipline, and Respect

In my lifetime of experience as a martial artist, I have come to thoroughly believe that when it comes to the martial arts, you get out of it what you put into it. Martial arts are about a lot more than just learning how to kick or punch someone. Martial arts challenge individuals to push their own personal boundaries and to go beyond them. To do this requires hard work, discipline and perseverance. This same hard work discipline and perseverance that students put into improving themselves as martial artists carries over into their lives as a whole. The respect they develop for their teachers, fellow students and their own abilities is projected out to the world leading students to become better citizens, better students and better people overall.

Dave Pryga “Master Hawk”

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Snatch the Pebble

Our life’s journey is filled with many phases.

Knowing when to proceed from one phase to the next or in other words, knowing when to attempt to snatch the pebble and move forward, can often be the most challenging part of it all.

It is easy for us to remain in a state of routine and normalcy while avoiding change, never thinking about snatching the pebble. We all know however that doing so can often lead to stagnation and feelings of “what if ?”.

The journey of life travels at warp speed. I believe it is very important for us to always keep an eye on the horizon, laying out our plans and dreams for our next phase. Whether it’s tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, etc.

What desire do you have for your next phase? Are you prepared to pursue it? Are you willing to sacrifice to succeed in you next phase? Chose to snatch your pebble and press forward with eagerness to experience and seize that next phase. It’s certainly worth trying and at a minimum; it will help keep us infused with hope for a better tomorrow.

How Martial Arts can help Increase Children’s Safety Awareness.

Parents enroll their children in martial arts classes for a variety of reasons. Some kids are overweight or otherwise lacking in physical fitness. Martial Artscan help them slim down and become physically active. Others need the discipline and structure inherent to studying martial arts so that they can focus in school and be more helpful […]

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