Martial Arts and the Learning Attitude

Martial-Arts-For-InstructorWhether training at an ATA Martial Arts or ATA Black Belt Academy in America, martial arts attitude is an aspect that is considered most vital and the one that determines the success and failure of students both in learning the art and in life. A lot of emphasis is placed on the right attitude to learn as it is considered a more important determinant of success than physical capacity and natural ability. It is believed that while capacity and endurance can be built even in the untalented, no one can teach the un-teachable, which is beautifully explained through a Taoist story.

The Taoist story of the un-teachable student

There was once a student who approached a master requesting him to teach martial arts. Throughout their initial conversation, as the Martial Arts Master would begin speaking, the student would interrupt him constantly. The student wanted to show the Master that he was very knowledgeable and knew a lot of things already that the master was telling him.

Finally, the Martial Arts Master began to pour tea in a cup and did not stop even after the cup was full. The student, watching this, shouted, “Stop” and asked the Master why he was still filling the cup when it was already full. To this, the Master replied, “Your mind is like this cup and the tea like knowledge. I cannot fill a mind that is already full. Thus, I can teach you nothing until you empty your cup.”

Emptying your cup in this context does not mean unlearning everything that you have learnt in your life. It simply means that martial arts requires a a learning attitude from students with or without experience.

What martial arts teach us

The discipline of Taekwondo, Martial Arts and Karate requires that we have a positive attitude where we ask questions and not make statements. This requires the students to let go of their ego and become teachable students It builds humility, which is ever endearing. ATA Martial Arts teach us that humility is the mark of a strong character and that it is not a weakness.

“I started training at a Try ATA martial arts school years ago. In just six months I lost 32 lbs. What I liked and love about the ATA is that the classes are not the same old boring gym routine. It fun, challenging and a great martial arts fitness workout that teaches a reality based life skill. My ATA instructor is more then a coach or a teacher, and a mentor in life. Thank you for all that you do for me and my family. A true “Victory in Martial Arts”.”
-Jamie T.

It is believed in ATA Martial Arts that no mastery is really complete unless you successfully teach the skills to others. The reason behind this is that good students often pose questions that even the teachers would never have taught about. In turn, it becomes a learning experience for the teacher too. In an environment like this, even the students develop an attitude of being open to suggestions and new ideas. They become people who are flexible to changes and develop the ability to easily adapt to any new environment. ATA Martial Arts creates quality black belt leaders through a structured teaching environment that creates a positive energy and attitude.

Try ATA Martial arts give you the right attitude

Adults and parents must also understand that even murderers and vicious persons on this earth have an attitude – a violent one. These people are completely out of touch from the fact that even they can experience pain and misery. In other words, they are egomaniacs. The students of ATA Martial Arts, through their intense physical and mental training, develop the right attitude to become people who are in touch with reality and have the right mental attitude. The children and adolescents who practice martial arts grow up to be confident and secure individuals in school, at home, at work, socially and within a community.

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