Respect is the foundation of our martial arts program…
This is the first goal in our program. Reinforcing a life long habit of showing respect. We do this in a couple of ways.
- Saying “yes sir or yes ma’am”.
- “Pardon me”
- “My pleasure”
- Bowing when entering the school and leaving the school
- Bowing on or off the mat
- Opening the door for women
- Letting women always go first.
Most new students are not use to this level of respect. As a matter of fact, this level of respect is not normal in today’s society. We wanted to rewrite the rules of what it means to be respectful.
When students get introduced to this level of respect they need reminders and constant correction to start living this way. We will correct students in these situations. The way it works is, we give them a verbal warning if they forgot (Most do), and then physical correction with jumping jacks the second time.
Some students have done over 100 jumping jacks there first class, this is not to be mean, but we have a standard we expect and everyone is responsible for living this high standard.
Kids are smart, they eventually learn either the easy way or hard way.
With such a high standard, parents are amazed when students start using these manners at home and at school. Parents love it when out of no where a “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” comes out of there child’s mouth at home.
However, the goal is a lifelong habit right?
This means that for this habit of respect to last, it has to become a way of life, modeled by the parent. If the parent stops reinforcing what we are teaching on the mat, the habit stops.
Imagine your son, being a gentleman, opening the door for all woman….
Letting women go first to show respect…..
Saying “yes ma’am” when you tell them no
Instead of saying “huh” using the words “pardon me”….
Saying “my pleasure” as a sign of respect when someone shows them respect
Is this possible?
It happens all the time on the mat at Alamo Ranch Martial Arts!
As a matter of fact, this is our normal way of living.
Respect Effect Logo- A little known “secret” that our martial arts school uses to get students to say “yes sir or yes ma’am” when you tell them “NO”.