Self-Control, week 3

We will talk about applying Self-Control to the way we think about our martial arts skills.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” — Charles Darwin (writer and naturalist)

Self-Control:  is an act of will.

The skills we learn in karate can make us feel very powerful — more powerful than the people around us, and able to impose our will on them.  That is why we work together to understand that our karate skills are only for use in self-defense.  We need to use self-control not just in how we use karate, but in how we think about it.  In our lessons together, it wouldn’t be right for a black belt student to free spar as hard as possible with a much less experienced student — someone who hadn’t done much free sparring yet.  It takes self-control to work with another student rather than competing with them.  Self-control means also that we don’t “show off” our karate skills to others.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  If someone says to you “So you take karate lessons?  I bet you can’t break this!”, what would demonstrate your self-control as a response?
  2.  When you are working with a student who is less experienced than you, how can you show you have self-control?
  3.  How can you share your karate training with someone without showing off?

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