All to often we hear about a lot of things that could be easily fixed with some good old fashion sportsmanship.
Every day we hear about someone being bullied, whether it’s kids on the play ground or even adults being harassed in the work place.
Martial arts are not only about learning how to fight but are also about learning how NOT to fight which is why, if you have found a good school, they really focus on things like: discipline, accountability, fair play and the grand daddy of them all honor.
Discipline: when we train to control ourselves physically, we are also training ourselves to have control emotionally and mentally. This translate into people you can let things go or walk away without feeling the need to act out of ego.
Accountability: martial arts are also about taking responsibility for your actions. The belt ranking system is a great example of this, it is totally 100% the students responsibility to prepare for a rank test, no matter who exceptional the Instructor every student knows that when it comes down to it their the ones who need to know the material. This also translate into a healthy sense of responsibility in every aspect of their lives.
Fair play: when doing the drills associated with martial art training there is something called “tapping out” this is a way to let the person performing the technique that they are causing pain in some way shape or form and to stop. This builds an innate sense of knowing when enough is enough.
Honor: the one most associated with martial art training, this can mean a lot of different things to different people but what it really boils down to is the basic understanding of what is right and what is wrong and how to conduct yourself based on that fundamental understanding.
Included in todays post is a video link to an MMA fighter who really showed these traits, it’s really nice to see such an example of sportsmanship in the ring.