During our lessons this week, we will talk about the role of Courtesy in giving and receiving constructive criticism. Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:
“Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected, but sought.” — Margaret Chase-Smith (U.S. Senator from Maine)
Many of us can get offended or upset if someone tells us we did something incorrectly. Most people who try to correct us are not doing it to put us down, but to try to help us do something better. This is called “constructive criticism”. When one of your instructors corrects the way you do a block or a kick, they aren’t trying to hurt your feelings. Instead, they want to help you to improve by showing you a way of doing that block or kick that will work better for you. For us all to improve as martial artists, it is our responsibility to listen carefully to constructive criticism — and sometimes to actively ask for it. We have to be open to correction, and willing to take constructive criticism with courtesy and respect.
- Is it hard to accept it when someone corrects you?
- How can you show courtesy to someone who offers you constructive criticism?
- How would you help someone learn to hold a kicking shield, and be courteous?
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