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Building Better People

Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, Indomitable Spirit

Martial arts are about much more than just physical fighting techniques. At their core, the traditional martial arts embody a set of virtuous principles that guide both the training and the conduct of the practitioner. Building better people can start any time but our systems always starts and ends with these principles. Chief among these are the values of courtesy, humility, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.

Building Better People

Building better courtesy

Courtesy is a fundamental tenet of martial arts. It manifests in the deep bows exchanged before and after sparring, the polite and respectful addressing of one’s teacher and seniors, and the mindful consideration for one’s training partners. This emphasis on courtesy cultivates self-discipline and respect for others.

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Building better humility

Humility is another crucial virtue in the martial arts. Even the most skilled practitioners recognize that there is always more to learn. They approach their training with an open mind and a willingness to learn from everyone, from beginner students to experienced masters. This humility prevents arrogance and ego from interfering with one’s development.

Building better Integrity

Integrity speaks to the importance of moral character in the martial arts. Practitioners are expected to be honest, loyal, and steadfast in adhering to the ethical principles of their style. They do not use their skills for malicious purposes, but rather to cultivate inner strength and protect the weak.

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Building better perseverance

Perseverance is essential for progressing in the martial arts. Achieving mastery requires years of dedicated, often arduous, training. Practitioners must learn to push through physical and mental fatigue, overcome setbacks and failures, and remain committed to constant self-improvement.

Building better self-control

Self-control is a critical skill developed through martial arts training. Practitioners learn to regulate their emotions, maintain focus, and resist impulsive actions, even in the heat of combat. This self-discipline extends beyond the dojo, enabling them to make wise decisions and exhibit restraint in all aspects of life.

Building better indomitable spirit

Finally, the martial arts embody an “indomitable spirit.” This speaks to an unwavering determination to succeed, an unbreakable will in the face of adversity. Martial artists learn to channel this spirit not just in their physical techniques, but in all aspects of their lives, giving them the resolve to overcome any challenge.

Building Better People

In embracing these virtues, the traditional martial arts forge not just skilled fighters, but disciplined, confident, honorable, and resilient individuals. The physical training is merely a vehicle for the cultivation of these lofty ideals, which transcend the dojo and enrich one’s entire way of being. Building better people, here in Lexington, starts with these virtues. It doesn’t take long to see how important this aspect of training is to us. We encourage you to come see what we do and what we can do for YOU!

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