The First Thing We Teach in the Martial Arts is Respect and Peace Over Power

RESPECT:  The first thing you learn in Karate is the "Bow."  In Martial Arts, the bow is a sign of respect.  Respect means saying "please and thank you," honoring a friend, helping out at home without your parents asking you to do so, looking your parents and teachers in the eyes, telling your parents that you love them and following the rules.

SELF CONTROL:  in Karate means never misusing your Martial Art skills unless you are forced to defend yourself.

Self control also means controlling your emotions even if someone makes you feel angry.  If someone asks you to do something that you to do something that you know is not right (DRUGS, ALCOHOL AND/OR CIGARETTES) walk away.  Say, "NO."  If your parents ask you to do something, you just DO IT.

SELF DISCIPLINE:  in Karate is having respect for the Dojo and using what you learn in class constructively when outside of the Karate Studio.

Self discipline means being respectful, not being late and doing your homework without your parents reminding you.  It also means that you need to keep your body clean, eat healthy food and giving 110% effort in everything that you do.

If you follow these rules of behavior, it will help you to become a better person as well as a leader.

BULLY:  is someone who is insecure, they are mean to people, the do not say please or thank you.  When bullies get angry, they yell, cut people in line, call each other names, are disrespectful and start fights.

Some people thing that if a Bully is bigger or physically stronger, we do not stand a chance getting away.  Actually, we can get away from a Bully no matter what his or her size or strength.

You can stop a Bully from hurting you without fighting, but by learning how to be aware and how to talk with a Bully.  We can stop a fight before that fight ever happens.

Here are five rules of safety:

1.  Use your mind

2.  Use your words

3.  Use your legs

4.  Ask for help

5.  Defend yourself

If you are approached by a Bully, show confidence by creating a strong posture by standing straight and tall, do not look down, look straight ahead and make eye contact and use a deep strong voice to discourage a bully.

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