Character, week 4

During our lessons this week, we will talk together about how our ongoing practice of the martial arts helps us develop the habits that are the foundation of our qualities of Character.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“Habits change into character.” — Ovid (Classical Roman Poet;  full name Publius Ovidius Naso)

As we learn and practice our martial arts skills together, we are also learning and practicing the qualities of character it takes to become a martial artist.  When we commit to earning our Black Belt, we also commit to learning and developing important qualities of character.  The habits that we practice in our karate lessons help us build our qualities of character.  Let’s consider 3 of them:

  • Humility.  This simply means we have a correct view of ourselves.  We don’t pretend to be less than we are — or more than we really are.
  •  Courtesy.  We treat others with politeness, courtesy, and respect.
  •  Perseverance.  When we make a commitment to accomplish something, we stick with it.  We keep taking small steps forward until we achieve our goal.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  How do we practice the habit of perseverance in our lessons together?
  2.  How do we practice the habit of courtesy in our lessons together?
  3.  When we call a Black Belt Mr. or Ms. during our lessons together, are we practicing humility?

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