Character Development and Martial Arts
Character development is the most important thing we do at Karate International of West Raleigh. Karate, especially when taught to kids and teens, should have a high level of emphasis on character development. If a karate school or other type of martial art doesn’t have character development as one of the top two focuses, RUN!
One way we do this at Karate International of West Raleigh is messages of the week. Every week, we have a new message with a wide range of topics including bully proofing, respect, perseverance, and honesty to name just a few of our few dozen messages. This week, our students are learning about leading by example.
I couldn’t just tell you about the awesome stuff we teach without sharing it with you! Here is our message “Lead By Example.”
Lead By Example
Once there was a man who knew that it was wrong to lie. His name was Joshua. He never lied about anything big or little, even when it was hard. This man became the boss at his job where there were lots of liars. When Joshua asked his workers how their day was going, they would say “I’m having a great day,” even when it wasn’t a great day. They would lie about the work they’d done at their job, how they felt, what they thought about other people, and their character.
The workers were not used to having a leader like Joshua. If he was sad, he was honest with them about it. If he was frusturated with someone, he would talk to them directly instead of behind their back. When he was angry, he stayed calm and talked instead of hiding his emotions.
The more Joshua did this, his employees began following him. The employees started being honest about how they were feeling with Joshua and he was able to help them. They started talking to people that made them frusturated and worked to figure out a solution. The employees were so inspired by Joshua that they wanted to become better people too! What did Joshua do that made his employees follow him?
Thank you for your time reading through this blog. We look forward to seeing you at our dojo soon!