Service underpins every facet of a good martial arts school…and every facet of life. The lessons you learn in the dojo act as a canvas for how you treat people outside of the dojo. In fact, service should be part of people’s everyday lives. This helps create a more harmonious society.
Black Belts and Helpers Guide The Way
We are proud of how many Black Belts regularly train (and teach) after achieving that milestone. Furthermore, all of these Black Belts unreservedly share their time and experience with all of the students. The Black Belts offer service out of their generosity of spirit. This approach then permeates down through the belt ranks. The senior coloured belts are only too happy to assist beginners, following the example, just as they have been assisted before.
We all remember what it is like to be the ‘new person’ standing at the end of the class. You do know what to expect. It is sometimes scary. It can also deter people from starting martial arts at all. That is why we utilise the ‘buddy system’ to make that first step a little bit easier. Service from the senior students (i.e. the buddy) helps the beginners in class. This is service at play.
I am really appreciative of the help provided by all of the trainers and senior students. We always get comments, from beginners, that everybody was so friendly and helpful. This is a big reason why they enjoyed the class. The service provided by the senior students has just made somebody’s day. What’s more, it has also taught the beginner student a valuable lesson as they begin their martial arts journey. They will remember the help that they received. When the right time comes, they will happy to pass on assistance to others.
Beginners and Junior Belts Guide The Way
The senior students also get benefits from providing service. It is pleasing for any teacher to see children grow and develop their skills with confidence. It is great see students become more empowered.
And for our children, let’s practice reminding them about the importance of helping their friends. Or reaching out to another child who is a bit lonely at school. Or doing small acts like picking up rubbish and cleaning up after meals. Children learn from an early age the right way to behave. Embedding a helpful nature will allow them to grow into leaders.
For “martial arts classes near me”, where we do value service to others, please refer to the timetable link on this website. We look forward to seeing you…and helping you…in class.
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