10 Ways to Build HONOR Through Martial Arts

Honor means doing the 'right' thing.

Honor means doing the 'right' thing.

What is “your word” worth? How do you build honor?

All Lakes Martial Arts students for our current session (February 2014- April 2015) will be focusing on this important life skill: "Honor." 

HONOR is doing what is "right." An example of honor is keeping your promises, no matter how big or small. Showing appreciation with good manners and thanking everyone who helps you also demonstrates honor to others, especially parents, teachers, and co-workers.

In sum, honor in martial arts is built of many small things done right. Like mastering a 8 moves like kicks, blocks, and punches... then applying them in your form at testing.

How can you build honor in through martial arts?

10 Ways to Build HONOR (At Home, School, and Class)

  1. Keep your promises, no matter how big or small.
  2. Honesty is ALWAYS the best policy.
  3. Show your Black Belt Attitude with the 9 Life Skills of Leaders: Courtesy, Goals, Loyalty, Attitude (Spirit), Honor, Respect, Self-control, Integrity and Perseverance.
  4. Admit your mistakes; view them as learning opportunities.
  5. Show your gratitude with good manners; thank everyone who helps you.
  6. Apologize to people when you make a mistake.
  7. Demonstrate self-respect by taking good care of yourself.
  8. Avoid fighting.
  9. Commit to your goals, both short-term and long-term.
  10. Remember that you are a role model for junior ranks; show them to respect others and behave properly.

When you “give your word” on something, it’s your personal promise of truthfulness. It’s backed by your honor – the strength of your character and reliable reputation. When people have great honor, they have earned it by making effective and responsible decisions in their lives, proving themselves capable and trustworthy.

Anyone from the rich to poor can have honor, because it has nothing to do with status and money, but everything to do with making effective choices and being loyal to your values.