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Monday, February 8, 2010

RESPECT AND OBEDIENCE

In every Martial Art there is knowledge that can be harmful to human life. To assume the responsibility of placing a dangerous weapon in the hands of a stranger - literally to make a lethal weapon of the body - is a sobering experience. One of the most crucial tests of character is whether we are humble enough to subordinate ourselves to the rules of the Do Jang and respect the gravity of our new powers. The martial arts are not a store bought item that we are entitled to just because we pay for the lessons. The responsibility is too great, the implication is larger than than us.

The function of obedience in martial arts is not subservience. Rather obedience allows us to learn the knowledge that a teacher has to offer. Because the teacher has greater knowledge and experience, his words and actions may sometimes be incomprehensible to the less knowledgeable. We must practice obedience to our instructor or master as the means of eventually bridging the gap between our knowledge and that of our master's. Obedience becomes the key to successful learning and smooth progress.

To be a great leader, we must first be able to be a great follower. If we cannot follow the teachers instructions. How can we ever learn enough to become a leader. Leaders are made not born.

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