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    Default What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    We all have lessons about the martial arts that we feel is very important to us. The next question has to do with looking in the mirror.

    After it is all said and done:
    What do you feel is the single most important lesson about the martial arts you would like passed down to your students?

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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    We all have lessons about the martial arts that we feel is very important to us. The next question has to do with looking in the mirror.

    After it is all said and done:
    What do you feel is the single most important lesson about the martial arts you would like passed down to your students?

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    Well,

    I'm sort of with Musashi here.

    The school cannot get better unless the trainer gets better.

    The student cannot get better unless the trainer gets better.

    The trainer cannot get better unless he goes into competence Level V, and trains his students up to Competence Level IV.

    The trainer cannot get better unless he has many bodies to practice his skills on so that HE (trainer) keeps on getting those necessary experiences.

    It's all about the trainer and how well he learns, then...

    ...then the other "stuff" becomes important.

    Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Humility.

    I call the group I teach "Humble Tiger Kenpo Karate".

    My students know how strongly I believe in humility.

    A person can be strong and also be humble.

    There are too many selfish people out there.

    I believe martial artists should be humble and respectful.

    With greater skill comes greater obligation not to misuse those skills.

    Everyone knows how to talk. But not everyone truly knows how (or cares enough) to listen.

    Master J. Pat Burleson (American Karate) used to have the following sign up in his dojo, "Why listen, when you could be talking."
    Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It's thinking of yourself, less.

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    Control.

    Control of your own mind (thoughts, focus, emotions, pride/Ego, confidence, passive mind...like a clear pond..etc.) so that you can better control your body.
    Better control of your own mind/body...allows you the ability to chose a response instead of just react...leading to a control of your circumstances and environment (where you're at).
    When you have better control of your environment, you circumstances, your choice of response and your Mind/Body....you'll find it much easier to control an attacker's body; and when you control his body...you'll affect his mind! (shock/startle....sense of loss of control, leading to further loss of control of his body...etc. The opposite and equal side of the equation.)

    Control.

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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Quote Originally Posted by FGarza View Post
    Humility.

    I call the group I teach "Humble Tiger Kenpo Karate".

    My students know how strongly I believe in humility.

    A person can be strong and also be humble.

    There are too many selfish people out there.

    I believe martial artists should be humble and respectful.

    With greater skill comes greater obligation not to misuse those skills.

    Everyone knows how to talk. But not everyone truly knows how (or cares enough) to listen.

    Master J. Pat Burleson (American Karate) used to have the following sign up in his dojo, "Why listen, when you could be talking."
    I remember this sign
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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Give back what you've learned. Share your experience.

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    To think for themselves.

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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Greetings.

    My answer would be self defense;

    Survival and determined attitude no matter what; Perseverance against adversity;

    Taking care of business-Get sheet done attitude.

    Mental clarity to make profitable decisions while striving to do things right.

    Things like that. Enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk-kenpo View Post
    Give back what you've learned. Share your experience.
    Thank you,

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    Courtesy.
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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Since, I asked the question, I should share my response as well.

    I want my students to learn,

    To be a person of Integrity, character, transparency, and honesty. Their words are always true and their heart is always open, even when they know it may be hurt. To teach from the heart, and to give of to the fullest of their ability. To set an example for others to aspire to, and always give respect even to those who have lost it within themselves.

    This is what I try to teach.
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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    The most important thing I would want my students to learn?

    Attitude.

    That means humility. It means self-discipline. It means self-control. It means self-awareness. It means accepting the responsibility that goes along with the knowledge that they've been taught.

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    Default Re: What ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Integrity, trust, honest, discipline, an open heart knowing it could get hurt and control all sound good in the teachings and long as what is being taught is used out of the martial arts box as well.

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    Default Courage ls the most important lesson you want you students to learn?

    Quote Originally Posted by FGarza View Post
    Humility.
    Quote Originally Posted by FGarza View Post

    I call the group I teach "Humble Tiger Kenpo Karate".
    My students know how strongly I believe in humility.
    A person can be strong and also be humble.
    There are too many selfish people out there.
    I believe martial artists should be humble and respectful.
    With greater skill comes greater obligation not to misuse those skills.
    Everyone knows how to talk. But not everyone truly knows how (or cares enough) to listen.
    Master J. Pat Burleson (American Karate) used to have the following sign up in his dojo, "Why listen, when you could be talking."


    That was interesting.

    So let me give my simple version if that is okay?

    You are an earth element.

    I am a Wood/Metal element.

    We do think quite differently, which is the way the world really is, and which is totally fine by me. I look upon others without that type of judgement.

    Courage!

    I call the group I teach “Hidden Dragon Kung-Fu”. I also call what I teach “Ancient Secrets Kung-fu”.

    My students know how strongly I believe in COURAGE!

    A person can be well trained and still lack the courage of his convictions.

    Some people mistakenly call those people who have the courage of their convictions, “selfish”, and they do that as a put-down, as a prideful statement of judgment, “I am better than you”.

    With Courage, comes greater skill. With Courage comes the wisdom of knowing what to do when you need to do it, so your earned skills are used according to YOUR own rules of living and to your own criteria of what’s important to you.

    Only those with courage take the time to learn how to communicate what they believe in a manner that others might understand their viewpoints better. They work hard at communications so they might UNDERSTAND others better.

    Those with courage take the time to learn the underlying personality profiles so that they can win a hundred battles without going to battle.

    Maybe we are saying the same things, but from a different Element?

    “Unexpected strategies are unobstructed by reason of their very unexpectedness. This is the value of inscrutability.” The Master of Demon Valley, 1,000 years before the founding of the Tang dynasty.

    ©Dr. John M. La Tourrette
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brother John View Post
    Control.

    Control of your own mind (thoughts, focus, emotions, pride/Ego, confidence, passive mind...like a clear pond..etc.) so that you can better control your body.
    Better control of your own mind/body...allows you the ability to chose a response instead of just react...leading to a control of your circumstances and environment (where you're at).
    When you have better control of your environment, you circumstances, your choice of response and your Mind/Body....you'll find it much easier to control an attacker's body; and when you control his body...you'll affect his mind! (shock/startle....sense of loss of control, leading to further loss of control of his body...etc. The opposite and equal side of the equation.)

    Control.
    Nice. Methods of "self" control.

    Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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    Quote Originally Posted by donlearn123 View Post
    Integrity, trust, honest, discipline, an open heart knowing it could get hurt and control all sound good in the teachings and long as what is being taught is used out of the martial arts box as well.
    Thank you,

    The lessons or for life and how we live it. The martial arts just provide us a platform to share from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    Thank you,

    The lessons or for life and how we live it. The martial arts just provide us a platform to share from.
    I actually did like the article on "The Way of Kenpo", that went over the 9 principles of the Yoshita Clan.

    My point being, choosing only ONE lesson is an impossibility.
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    Dr. John,
    Sounds like that may be the most important lesson of all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John M. La Tourrette View Post
    I actually did like the article on "The Way of Kenpo", that went over the 9 principles of the Yoshita Clan.

    My point being, choosing only ONE lesson is an impossibility.
    Dr. John M. La Tourrette
    Ecactly. Especially one that applies to all students.

    Of course, self-preservation would be one being that kenpo is a "self-defense" oriented art.

    But there are many things I hope for our students to learn and some of them vary depending on the individual. For instance, I have marines as students...they don't really need to learn discipline. LOL. But the kids do.

    If I had to sum it up, I'd simply say that I want all our student's to be better tomorrow than they were today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MARSHALLS KENPO View Post
    Dr. John,
    Sounds like that may be the most important lesson of all.
    One weird thing about a lesson...

    ...if one does not understand, then there was NO lesson.

    If someone thinks that they know what you are talking about and do not, then then is no lesson.

    Oops.

    So we need to find a fine line between understanding and non-understanding and somehow get our students to cross to the other side AND BACK AGAIN so that their "line of understanding" does stretch to fit the new circumstances.

    Dr. John M. La Tourrette

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