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    The Dos And Doníts Of Karate Etiquette By: Paul A. Walker
    By Bob Hubbard - Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:30:46 GMT

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    The Dos And Doníts Of Karate Etiquette
    By: Paul A. Walker

    Have you ever walked into a karate school and wondered what all of the rigid hierarchy and bowing is all about? Are you currently a new member of a karate studio and are wondering what all of the foreign words and chanting means? Or are you an avid student who still wonders what it all means when you enter your ďMini Martial Arts ExperienceĒ every Wednesday evening at 6pm? Lots of people share your confusion and many people wonder if it is all necessary.

    Here is your quick cheat sheet to ďThe Dos and Doníts of Karate Etiquette.Ē
    Depending on your karate school and style, some or all of the following may apply:

    1. DO show respect to your instructor and fellow members while you try to find your place within the group and see if the school matches YOUR goals and has YOUR best interests at heart. If the school does meet your expectations then continue to train there and continue to show respect to the instructor, the club members and the traditions of the style. If the school doesnít meet your expectations then get out of there faster than Bruce Lee coult throw a One-Inch Punch.

    2. DO open your mind to different ways of doing things. For the most part karate practices and methods have been transmitted down through the generations and as such carry a lot of cultural-specific traditions. In many ways these traditions help to accentuate the overall benefit of the ďkarate experienceĒ, in some ways they serve to distract you from your main goals for beginning karate in the first place. Be sure to be clear about why you want to start karate.

    3. DO try to learn more about the background culture of your chosen martial art. For example, Karate is originally from Okinawa, Taekwondo is from Korea, Kung Fu is from China. By knowing where your art originated you can begin to learn some basic cultural knowledge about your chosen style. Your instructor should be able to help you find material for this.

    4. DO your best to follow the directions given by your instructor and to fit in with the class, at least while you are in the discovery phase of seeing if Karate is for you. You will probably have lots of questions and depending on the situation it may be bad timing to ask your questions in the middle of the class. However, make sure that you ask your instructor and other club members about things that donít make sense or that are confusing before you go home. They should be more than willing to answer your questions and offer help.

    5. DONíT take karate etiquette too seriously. A bow is simply a form of greeting, just like a handshake in the West. Some martial arts schools embrace traditional values, others donít. Itís not a big deal either way. Your decision to join a particular school should be based on the quality of their martial arts programs and on their customer service, not on their chosen rituals of etiquette.

    6. DONíT give up your spiritual values or religious beliefs. Just because you start learning about some mysterious Chi force or miraculous feats, donít suddenly think that you have found the answers to all of your unanswered questions. While karate can provide some very enlightening wisdom and inspiration, you should always remember why you first enrolled in the martial arts. It was probably to learn self-defense, to improve your health and fitness, or to join in with a worthwhile activity together with your child. I doubt that you wanted to join a pseudo-religious cult.

    7. DONíT think that your instructor is some transcendental guru or sage, or even a demi-God. Heís not! He is just another human being like you. He happens to be very good at karate; you may be very good at playing the piano, singing a song or telling a joke. Recognize that all people have strengths and weaknesses Ė even karate instructors!

    8. DONíT forget the value of humility. Despite my rather light-hearted look at karate etiquette, it is still important to be respectful in a martial arts environment and not to be too outspoken. As with anything ďactions speak louder than wordsĒ and all too often members of martial arts clubs get into trouble by speaking out about things that they donít understand too soon. It is better to give your chosen art a fair chance and to let your efforts in class initially do the talking until you feel that you have reached the point of being accepted and are able to ask intelligent questions.

    To many people martial arts are a completely foreign activity and it takes some time to acclimate the mselves to the specific culture and nuances of the art. Give karate a chance and donít deliver yourself a killer blow without first paying your dues.

    So there you have it. These are ďThe Dos and Doníts of Karate Etiquette.Ē
    If you need more help with this or any other karate subject, please be sure to download my FREE Report ďBeginners Guide to KarateĒ. You will find out how to download it at http://www.freekarateinformation.com/beginner.html
    Good luck and best wishes on your journey in karate.


    About the Author:

    Paul A. Walker, is a 4th degree black belt karate instructor with over 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In June 2003 he attained his 4th degree black belt, after studying with the legendary Karate Master, Hirokazu Kanazawa at his Headquarters Dojo in Tokyo for three years. Additional free information on karate for people who are investigating, just beginning, are advanced practitioners, or who are instructors, is available at Paul's website at http://www.freekarateinformation.com


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    I take issue with number three to the point of asking why that is important. Most of the world lives without the benefit of what ever culture that Martial Art comes from; so, what is so important about that culture that we can't just study the fighting concepts?
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    I think part of that will help you understand why things were developed the way they do, etc. Fighting concepts are more than just how they threw a punch, it's the why they threw it the way they did.
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    I take issue with number three to the point of asking why that is important. Most of the world lives without the benefit of what ever culture that Martial Art comes from; so, what is so important about that culture that we can't just study the fighting concepts?
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    Sean,

    the only reason I would do so, would be to try to understand the thought process, behind the applications of their concepts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    Sean,

    the only reason I would do so, would be to try to understand the thought process, behind the applications of their concepts.

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    For example many of the knife fighting concepts of the orient were meant for, one on one, deuling and not so much regular battle or self defense, but I suspect I wouldn't be told to take the training with a grain of salt by the teacher of that system.
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    I take issue with number three to the point of asking why that is important. Most of the world lives without the benefit of what ever culture that Martial Art comes from; so, what is so important about that culture that we can't just study the fighting concepts?
    Sean
    For clarity with all people, there are 4 topics that should be covered for the different types of "thinkers".

    The point you are referencing is Point I, "what it is, where it came from historically, and who is the daddy". Many people feel that is important information.

    Others just don't care, and are much more interested in the other 3 general areas.

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    [quote=MT Post Bot;79819]The Dos And Doníts Of Karate Etiquette By: Paul A. Walker
    By Bob Hubbard - Tue, 22 Jan 2008 06:30:46 GMT

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    The Dos And Doníts Of Karate Etiquette
    By: Paul A. Walker

    Have you ever walked into a karate school and wondered what all of the rigid hierarchy and bowing is all about? Are you currently a new member of a karate studio and are wondering what all of the foreign words and chanting means? Or are you an avid student who still wonders what it all means when you enter your ďMini Martial Arts ExperienceĒ every Wednesday evening at 6pm? Lots of people share your confusion and many people wonder if it is all necessary.

    Here is your quick cheat sheet to ďThe Dos and Doníts of Karate Etiquette.Ē
    Depending on your karate school and style, some or all of the following may apply:

    1. DO show respect to your instructor and fellow members while you try to find your place within the group and see if the school matches YOUR goals and has YOUR best interests at heart. If the school does meet your expectations then continue to train there and continue to show respect to the instructor, the club members and the traditions of the style. If the school doesnít meet your expectations then get out of there faster than Bruce Lee coult throw a One-Inch Punch.

    2. DO open your mind to different ways of doing things. For the most part karate practices and methods have been transmitted down through the generations and as such carry a lot of cultural-specific traditions. In many ways these traditions help to accentuate the overall benefit of the ďkarate experienceĒ, in some ways they serve to distract you from your main goals for beginning karate in the first place. Be sure to be clear about why you want to start karate.

    3. DO try to learn more about the background culture of your chosen martial art. For example, Karate is originally from Okinawa, Taekwondo is from Korea, Kung Fu is from China. By knowing where your art originated you can begin to learn some basic cultural knowledge about your chosen style. Your instructor should be able to help you find material for this.

    4. DO your best to follow the directions given by your instructor and to fit in with the class, at least while you are in the discovery phase of seeing if Karate is for you. You will probably have lots of questions and depending on the situation it may be bad timing to ask your questions in the middle of the class. However, make sure that you ask your instructor and other club members about things that donít make sense or that are confusing before you go home. They should be more than willing to answer your questions and offer help.

    5. DONíT take karate etiquette too seriously. A bow is simply a form of greeting, just like a handshake in the West. Some martial arts schools embrace traditional values, others donít. Itís not a big deal either way. Your decision to join a particular school should be based on the quality of their martial arts programs and on their customer service, not on their chosen rituals of etiquette.

    6. DONíT give up your spiritual values or religious beliefs. Just because you start learning about some mysterious Chi force or miraculous feats, donít suddenly think that you have found the answers to all of your unanswered questions. While karate can provide some very enlightening wisdom and inspiration, you should always remember why you first enrolled in the martial arts. It was probably to learn self-defense, to improve your health and fitness, or to join in with a worthwhile activity together with your child. I doubt that you wanted to join a pseudo-religious cult.

    7. DONíT think that your instructor is some transcendental guru or sage, or even a demi-God. Heís not! He is just another human being like you. He happens to be very good at karate; you may be very good at playing the piano, singing a song or telling a joke. Recognize that all people have strengths and weaknesses Ė even karate instructors!

    8. DONíT forget the value of humility. Despite my rather light-hearted look at karate etiquette, it is still important to be respectful in a martial arts environment and not to be too outspoken. As with anything ďactions speak louder than wordsĒ and all too often members of martial arts clubs get into trouble by speaking out about things that they donít understand too soon. It is better to give your chosen art a fair chance and to let your efforts in class initially do the talking until you feel that you have reached the point of being accepted and are able to ask intelligent questions.

    To many people martial arts are a completely foreign activity and it takes some time to acclimate the mselves to the specific culture and nuances of the art. Give karate a chance and donít deliver yourself a killer blow without first paying your dues.

    So there you have it. These are ďThe Dos and Doníts of Karate Etiquette.Ē
    If you need more help with this or any other karate subject, please be sure to download my FREE Report ďBeginners Guide to KarateĒ. You will find out how to download it at http://www.freekarateinformation.com/beginner.html
    Good luck and best wishes on your journey in karate.


    About the Author:

    Paul A. Walker, is a 4th degree black belt karate instructor with over 25 years of experience in the martial arts. In June 2003 he attained his 4th degree black belt, after studying with the legendary Karate Master, Hirokazu Kanazawa at his Headquarters Dojo in Tokyo for three years. Additional free information on karate for people who are investigating, just beginning, are advanced practitioners, or who are instructors, is available at Paul's website at http://www.freekarateinformation.com


    What is interesting about Paul is the reasoning BEHIND writting the article on the "Do's and Don'ts".

    It's purpose is to give you just enough information that you will go to the "freekarateinformation.com" for more articles.

    It's a MARKETING FUNNEL OPENER! He captures your email address in an ethical and usuable manner, at no cost to himself.

    So, for that purpose ->article->website->another article->book, and if you live in his vecinity, maye for him the acquisition of a new student.

    His cost for doing it?

    Zipp. Nada.

    I'm going to use his format. Thanks Bob.

    Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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    That's why I write articles.
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