Self-Control, week 2

During this week, we will talk together about the role of Self-Control in our martial arts training.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“It is in self-limitation that a master first shows himself.”– J.W. Von Goethe (writer and statesman)

Self-Control is necessary for the concentration, the close mental focus, that we use during our martial arts training.  When we are in the dojo, we focus solely on our training in karate.  We pay close attention.  The things that have happened to us that day at home, at school, or at work we leave at the door of the dojo.  We don’t let them distract us.  To accomplish this, we have to decide to use self-control.  This kind of self-control can also help us to begin shaping our lives in new ways outside of the dojo.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  Do you think you are going to be able to do your best if you are frustrated, upset, or angry?
  2.  Can you choose to pay close attention and try hard during your karate lessons?
  3.  What is something we do together in karate that you find takes the most self-control?

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