Students of martial arts are taught to live with integrity and honesty. In the context of martial arts, integrity and honesty can be used interchangeably. When one is honest and has a strong moral fiber, we say that the person has integrity.
Martial arts teach valuable lessons for life. Apart from self-defense, students learn focus, perseverance and work-life balance. They also learn about the benefits of hard work and integrity.
Integrity and martial artists
Integrity is very crucial in a martial artist. Martial artists are taught to honor their word, in all circumstances. They must do the right things at all times whether they are being watched or not. When they say they will do something, they will do it whatever comes their way. Such people are trustworthy and you can depend on them to get you out of a tight spot. Wouldn’t you want to be such a person, someone who others look up to and respect?
Integrity of speech
A martial artist should also practice integrity of speech. It is an important virtue in martial arts. For example, by avoiding foul language and not speaking ill of others, you practice integrity of speech. When you speak nicely, everyone around you is happy. Whatever your vocation be, integrity in speech will bring you accolades. In business, it can help you become financially successful. In your home, it will bring prosperity and harmony. When you are in society, good speech will earn you praises. People want to be around those who are good in speech.
A martial artist is always discreet. When people are indiscreet, they become irrational, arrogant, and bring stress and unhappiness to others.
“Before Amber and Adrian started Taekwondo ATA Karate Classes, they used to be really shy, and whenever they had to do a school project and talk in front of the class, you could barely hear them. Both of them were really nervous. But, since they started with the ATA [Karate] and the Leadership classes both can talk in front of the class and it has helped their grades.”
-Mark Kashay (father of Adrian and Amber)
An example to demonstrate integrity
Let’s consider the example of a student who has been given an important assignment. Many students will not start working on it till the last minute. If they manage to do it, they will end up doing a messy job of it. If they cannot, they will make excuses as to why they were not able to do the job. What they do not realize is that it is the test of their integrity. It is the unspoken agreement between you and the teacher that you will complete the assignment. You are expected to follow through with the job. ATA Martial Arts helps students learn the right steps to utilizing a high level of integrity.
This lack of effort is partly due to a culture of instant gratification that has developed. People expect a reward first and then they will follow through with the expectations placed on them. If you have fallen into such a lifestyle, learning martial arts from ATA Martial Arts help you get your life back on track and bring about a more positive and well balanced life style.
Lessons for life
Many of those who start learning martial arts will have their focus firmly fixed on a rank and a belt. But as they progress, they see that what they learn and the journey is more important than the rank.
ATA Martial Arts and Black Belt Academy students can also participate in tournaments where they can measure their skills and knowledge against others of a similar rank. There are trophies and prizes to be won. “Everyone is a Winner”. Here, you will see that to win something worth having, you have to work hard. These lessons are difficult to learn in other ways. At ATA Martial Arts, you will learn how to maintain your integrity and other life skills as well.
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