Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Big List of Martial Arts Values

I need your help.
You're my only hope.

One of the credos of Mid-Cities Arnis is "Modern Martial Arts with Traditional Values".

The "Modern" part is pretty obvious - we don't wear traditional martial arts uniforms, we don't have belts (we use wrist bands instead), and well, the core art of what we teach is MODERN Arnis.

However, many people expect certain things from a martial arts program.  In particular, parents expect martial arts program to teach ethical and moral values.

Hence the "traditional values" part of the credo.

We talk about a different value every week.  Right now, our list includes:
  • Courage
  • Discipline (expressed in different ways, such as the discipline to practice, discipline as self control, and discipline as focus)
  • Respect (for others, and for self)
  • Loyalty
  • Humility
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Courtesy
  • Honesty
What am I missing in our list?

One obvious one is a value that means "never give up", like "Indomitable Spirit".  I like the value but the way it's said is very closely associated with Tae Kwon Do, and I'd rather use different terminology.  "Tenacity", maybe?

So here's how you can help a Chickie out:

First, I'd like to know how you think the above values - pick any that appeal to you - apply to the martial arts.

Second, which values did I miss that you think are important, and why?