December Theme: Honor

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"Everything begins in the mind. Create the intention and then apply the effort to receive the result."

"It is very easy to break a pencil in half. Breaking ten pencils in half is an altogether different matter."

--- Coach Ron Pfeiffer, 7th Degree Black Belt, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin USA

"Don't fear the person who has studied a thousand techniques one time. Fear the person who has studied one technique a thousand times."

--- Ed DellaCroce, 3rd Degree Black Belt and the North Carolina State Director for World Dragon Kenpo.

December Theme: Honor.

The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta

“I lost two dear friends of mine. I would give this back in a second to have my friends with me right now.”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Strength in Unity by Coach Ron Pfeiffer

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As a Martial Arts student, you learn some very important lessons. One of these lessons is that there is greater strength in developing unity with those around you than there is in trusting everything to yourself. The good Martial Artist knows that it is better to work with a fellow student than against that student, and the shared victory is ultimately a greater victory than the victory of one person’s vanity over the honest efforts of others. It is very easy to break a pencil in half. Breaking ten pencils in half is an altogether different matter.

Be Polite: Always be polite to your fellow students. The reason why you bow (a) to the flag, (b) before and after sparring and (c) to your instructor is to show respect. When you are impolite to others, you show disrespect not only to those students but to your Martial Arts community. It demonstrates greater learning when you behave in a disciplined manner.

Show Good Sportsmanship: Learning also means being a good sport. Nobody likes to perform badly, or feel beaten when sparring or practicing self defense techniques. Nevertheless, every experience is a learning experience. Keep control of your temper and your actions. Sometimes students lose sight of the fact that training is only an exercise, and approach it as if it is a real fight. You know better than this, and you should be able to demonstrate it. Good sportsmanship is fundamental.

Work with other students: For example, if you are sparring with another student who is not as experienced as you are, do not try to show the other person up. Nothing is gained by this behavior. Try instead to work with that person so that the exercise can help develop both of your skills. Often you will be surprised at some of the things that you can learn from a less experienced student: everybody has their different strengths and weaknesses. Try to put yourself in his or her place. Imagine if your instructor, in order to demonstrate something, asked you to spar with him or her, and proceeded to do nothing but demonstrate his or her superior Martial Arts ability in front of the other students. Do you think you would benefit much from the experience?

Ask for help: A lot of students are afraid to ask a question for fear that it will sound stupid, or they will appear to be less advanced that their peers. Such behavior is only counter-productive. When you do not ask for help, or you pretend to understand something that you do not, you put yourself at risk of falling even farther behind. When the time comes for you to demonstrate what you have learned, all of your confusion will be evident, and you may be more embarrassed than you would have been initially. There is no embarrassment in asking for help. Often questions which you may think sound foolish are shared by many other students, and can have profound consequences. The Martial Arts is a very precise art. Like any other disciplined art form, the nuances need to be constantly studied and repeated. When you ask questions you demonstrate your interest and respect for it.

The world of World Dragon Kenpo Schools of Self Defense is a place where teams of students work together to perfect our martial discipline. Everything depends upon that. Concern yourself with the process of learning that is going on; think about how to work with the other students so that the whole class, the whole school can progress. How you behave is important. Remember that you are all learning together and that you represent a larger program. Our best Student/Instructor members never lose sight of this principle.


Coach Ron Pfeiffer

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