Through martial arts training, students develop a sense of respect for both authority figures and their peers. Showing reverence for others is a skill that should be taught early because it is something that is carried throughout all facets of life.
Through martial arts, students learn how to be verbally respectful to others. A disciplined environment encourages this behavior. In the dojo, students and instructors alike are expected to maintain discipline. When students enter the mat, they often bow to their instructor and peers. This is not only a respectful signal of acknowledgement, it also shows that they are ready to focus on training and respect the space they are in and the lesson they are about to learn.
Respect takes discipline. By being disciplined in things like controlling movements, holding back force and continuing to train even though you might be tired, students are learning how to have great regard for the environment they are in and those around them.
Discipline enables students to work through their frustrations and distractions to maintain control of their situation and continue to behave in a respectful manner, regardless of feelings of annoyance, weariness or boredom.
Respect for others becomes respect for oneself. Getting along with others in social situations can be challenging. Respect for others is extremely important if there is going to be peace and harmony amongst a group.
In martial arts classes, students constantly interact with instructors and their peers, some of whom they may or may not like. Learning a new skill can also be frustrating. Lacking discipline and respect can result in outbursts. The respect and discipline being built throughout the student's training helps to keep a student in control and curb the desire to lash out in frustration. Students learn how to more respectfully express themselves and come to a mature decision or conclusion. Through training, children, as well as adults, can learn to stay calm, despite making mistakes, and work with others to improve their skills.
A life filled with respect offers many advantages, including being more successful. People respond better and want to help those that respect and care for them. Being polite is more than just good manners, it can also build mutual respect, admiration and friendships.