This month our blog posts focused on RESPECT. Today our team would like to express its gratitude and respect for those who died serving our country and to those they left behind.
There is an ancient story of respect that explains the respect that tigers have for one another in the jungle. They respect one another, give each other distance and seldom fight each other. The story goes that they understand that should they fight; the outcome would surely be that one would be mortally wounded and the other would be maimed for life.
Why is it that people don’t realize that we are not so different than the tigers? Isn’t it true that conflict between two human beings or groups usually leaves one of them “maimed?” Isn’t it true that even words spoken in anger or haste can wound the recipient for life? Let’s also not forget the damage we do to ourselves by harboring anger, jealously and resentment toward others.
Martial arts training teaches us to respect life, respect our fellow man and only to use the skills we practice to keep ourselves and our loved ones free from harm from those that have chosen to live a life of conflict, ignorance and aggression.
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Empty Your Cup
There once was a great teacher who had many students. One student in particular who was very talented, however also very impatient. Whenever the teacher would say something to the students in class, the student would start trying to execute the technique before the teacher could even finish his instruction. When the student was offered correction, he would always reply “OK, I got it”.
The teacher saw potential in his student despite his lack of respect. The teacher decided to help the student see how his actions were limiting his growth. The teacher invited all of the students to a tea ceremony after class.
The students attended the ceremony and each was served a cup of hot tea. When the teacher served his impatient student, he continued to pour even when the cup was full. Eventually the tea overflowed the cup and started pouring onto the floor.
“Master!” cried the student, “Stop, my cup is full!”
Regardless of the style of martial arts you practice we can all appreciate the lesson here. Martial arts begins and ends with respect; respect for the teacher and the instruction being offered, respect for the process and time it takes to master the fundamentals, respect for the training area and respect for our training partners who become, in essence, our martial arts family.
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