Teaches Responsibility, Accountability and Goal Setting
Responsibility – As teens learn self-defense, they are taught techniques and principles that can be used to protect themselves in a violent encounter. Teens are taught that along with the power of being able to protect themselves comes the responsibility of knowing when and where to use this knowledge. Teens are taught not only are they responsible for their actions, there is a responsibility that comes along with knowing martial arts that encourages them to help others who cannot protect themselves.
Accountability – Along with responsibility, teens learn that they are accountable to their fellow martial artists and instructor for their behavior both in and out of the dojo (training hall). There are strict standards of conduct and a level of expectation for teens and there are consequences for their actions, both positive and negative.
Goal Setting – Through the belt ranking system, teens are taught both short and long-term goal setting. They are taught how to decide what their goals are, set a deadline for achievement of that goal, make a plan to reach the goal by the deadline and how to check on progress to make any changes. They are also taught that once they achieve a goal to celebrate, enjoy the win and move on to the next goal, with the ultimate goal being achieving a Black Belt.