Service underpins every facet of a good martial arts school. 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 to help create a more harmonious society.
In our school, we are proud of how many Black Belts continue to regularly train (and teach) after they have achieved that milestone. Furthermore, all of these Black Belts unreservedly share their time and experience with all of the students, both adults and children alike. The Black Belts offer service to their fellow students out of their generosity of spirit. This approach then permeates down through the belt ranks with senior coloured belt students only too happy to assist beginners.
We all remember what it is like to be the ‘new person’ standing at the end of the class, not knowing what to expect. It is scary, and it sometimes deters people from starting martial arts at all. That is why we utilise the ‘buddy system’ to make that first step a little bit easier for all beginners. Service from the senior students (i.e. the buddy) helps the beginners in class. This is service at play.
I am really appreciative by the help provided by all of the trainers and senior students. We always get comments from beginners that everybody was so friendly and helpful, which was 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, which will make them only too happy to pass on assistance to others.
The senior students also get benefits from providing service. It is genuinely pleasing for any teacher to see children grow and develop their skills with confidence, while also seeing adult students become more empowered.
And for our children, let’s practice reminding them about the importance of helping their friends, reaching out to the other child who is a bit lonely at school and doing small acts like picking up rubbish and cleaning up after meals for their parents. Children learn from an early age the right way to behave, so embedding a helpful nature will allow them to grow into fine adults.
See you in the dojo!
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