Friday, November 14, 2014

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Are Values Necessary?

IT'S FACE-OFF FRIDAY!!

Many martial arts purport to have a system of values underlying their teaching. For example, there's the seven principles of Bushido (rectitude or righteousness, courage, benevolence, politeness, veracity, honor, loyalty) and there are the five I learned in Tae Kwon Do (courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, indomitable spirit).  Some folks believe that this is a fundamental requirement for a martial arts style to BE a martial arts style.

But not all martial art styles have this.  There isn't a big emphasis on any particular set of values in my style (some teachers, yes, but it's not inherent to what we do). I'm sure we could name plenty others that don't really talk about any particular system of values or principles.

So what do you think?

IS TEACHING VALUES IN THE MARTIAL ARTS NECESSARY?