Wouldn’t it be great if everyone respected each other and treated each other with kindness?
If everyone studied the Martial Arts and exemplified what it means to live a Black Belt Life, then I’m pretty sure our community and the world would be a better, safer place to live.
Respect is at the center of the Martial Arts and is at the foundation of everything we teach. It is the first principle new students learn and we encourage practicing respect every day, especially outside the Taekwondo school. Respect is the thread that is interwoven and holds the Tenets of Taekwondo (Integrity, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit, Respect, and Perseverance) together.
In my Patch Blog this week, I address bullying and it's long term impact on a child's health. In a long-term study researchers found that bullying is related to poor mental and physical health and that children who were bullied in the past and present have lower self-worth and greater depressive symptoms over time than those who had present-only, past-only, or no experience with bullying.
The researchers say that learning respect is one of the best things you can do to help a child combat the effects of bullying.
UMAC stresses non-violent solutions to bullying. With proper training children can be taught to be... happy, smart, confident, and in control of any situation and be better able to be bullyproof.
It's a great time to learn and show respect. Thank You Sir!