Monday, November 26, 2012

Loyalty - a Two Way Street

Hwang Kee, in his Book Moo Do Chul Hahk, "martial way philosophy" discusses the balance between student an instructor called Loyalty.

As you can see from the above quote, the end result for training in the martial arts is social rather than military, in this philosophy. He goes on to explain that practitioners of the art should be a good worker, provide a good place to live and contribute to society. That is the goal.  The method is learn the disciple and karate.

Grand Master Hwang Kee goes on to point out that loyalty is a two way street, but starts with the instructor giving to the student.  

When I started in the martial arts, it seemed almost that we had to earn our instructors loyalty to us, and when we arrived, they extended themselves to us.

The opposite seems to be true in karate.  We, as instructors and black belts extend ourselves to the students, and if we do, with our whole heart, they extend their loyalty to us.

Then it becomes a two way street, and a life long bond.

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