One of the more fundamental and also important values that we instill within our students at Yi’s Karate is the ability to be responsible. But what I really wanted to focus on today is a different type of Responsibility. That Responsibility is called Black Belt Responsibility. I’ve often run into alot of parents who tell me that they wish their child could be more responsible for different things at home, from handling chores to doing their homework in a timely manner or just getting off their video games or electronic device! by training here at Yi’s Karate of Vineland we teach our students how to be Black Belt Responsible. This instills in our students many different qualities and traits. Those traits are:
- Attendance and Commitment: Tang Soo Do training requires regular attendance and consistent practice. Students learn that their commitment to attending classes directly impacts their progress and skill development. This understanding promotes responsibility by teaching them the importance of fulfilling their commitments.
- Setting and Achieving Goals: Many martial arts schools use a belt-ranking system to mark progress. Students set goals to achieve higher belt levels through dedicated practice and demonstration of skills. This process teaches them to set goals, work towards them, and take responsibility for their own progress.
- Personal Accountability: In Tang Soo Do, students are accountable for their own progress and performance. If they want to improve, they must practice and put in the effort. This fosters a sense of responsibility for their own development and growth.
- Respect for Authority: Tang Soo Do instructors are typically referred to as “Sa Bum Nim” or “Bu Sa Bum Nim” emphasizing a culture of respect for authority figures. This respect promotes responsible behavior and encourages students to follow instructions and guidelines provided by their instructors.
- Safety and Control: Responsible martial artists are taught the importance of practicing techniques safely and responsibly. They understand that their actions can impact the safety of themselves and others during training, promoting a heightened sense of responsibility in their actions.
- Conflict Resolution and Non-Violence: Many martial arts styles emphasize conflict resolution and self-defense rather than aggression. Students learn to use their skills responsibly and only when necessary. This teaches them to consider the consequences of their actions and promotes responsible decision-making.
- Mindfulness and Self-Discipline: Tang Soo Do often incorporate mindfulness and self-discipline practices, such as meditation and controlled breathing. These practices encourage students to be aware of their thoughts and actions, promoting responsible behavior and emotional control.
- Contributing to the Community: Some martial arts schools engage in community service or outreach activities. Participating in these activities teaches students the importance of giving back and being responsible members of their communities.
- Leadership Opportunities: As students progress in their martial arts journey, they may be given opportunities to assist in teaching or mentoring newer students. This promotes responsibility by encouraging them to be role models and provide guidance to others.
- Caring for Equipment: Tang Soo Do practitioners learn to take care of their uniforms, equipment, and training space. This responsibility extends beyond the dojang or training facility and teaches students to respect their belongings and shared spaces.
Imagine where your child could be as they start to work on that Black Belt Responsibility as well! These are all very important and critical traits that we expect from all of our students, even those who aren’t at Black Belt yet, but working towards achieving their Black Belts. This mindset starts from day one at our academy. So don’t hesitate for yourself, give us a call at 856-405-0008 and schedule your First FREE lesson with us today and start to develop that Black Belt Responsibility!
See you soon!
Mr. Lee MSW
3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor
Yi’s Karate of Vineland L.L.C. was founded in 2008 by Master Chuck Vertolli, an 7th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, Yi’s Karate of Vineland offer lessons for preschool children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.
Yi’s Karate of Vineland Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.
Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at 856-405-0008. You can also visit our website at vinelandmartialarts.com.