Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?

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Helping a child understand and learn respect is a challenge facing all who have stewardship over children.

One of the main reasons parents enroll their children in the martial arts is for the respect that is taught and learned.

When it comes to respect and children, the scope of the relationship between teacher and student has broadened immensely.

According to Mitch Joel, author of the new FREE e-book from BlackBeltmag.com — Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students? — those teaching in any capacity should seek to refine and develop programs so that respect replaces fear.

In Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?, the author interviews martial arts and self-defense instruction experts such as Rorion Gracie, Tony Blauer, Max Laredo and Dr. Jacques Bradwejn — a psychiatrist and researcher at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto — regarding topics such as the following:

  • how instructors can cultivate respect among students
  • the symbolic importance of a black belt worn by a sensei
  • respect vs. fear in a martial arts school
  • fear as a natural instinct — and how teachers can help channel it
  • respect as practiced by the Japanese
  • how martial arts instructors can use authority constructively
  • methods teachers can use to help kids cultivate respect from within
  • respect rituals of the past and the future

What Role Does Respect Play in Traditional and Contemporary Self-Defense Systems?

Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?

In this FREE download, instructors such as Brazilian jiu-jitsu’s Rorion Gracie share their experience with their efforts to shape martial arts students into respectful, understanding people — and the challenges presented by class sizes, as well as their own human tendency toward occasional impatience.

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Why Is It Important for a Karate Sensei to Wear a Black Belt?

Dr. Jacques Bradwejn, a psychiatrist and researcher at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto, says, “l think that there is an immediate respect from a youngster, because when they see a black belt, there’s a feeling of admiration.”

In Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?, Bradwejn also comments on the following:

  • how other martial arts instructors can become almost like surrogate parents
  • how the martial abilities of an adult instructor can give students a goal to which they can aspire
  • how martial arts teachers can be instrumental in giving children a sense of self-worth and direction

Where Does Fear End and Respect Begin?

Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?

In this FREE download — Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students? — military and law-enforcement-agency instructor Tony Blauer says, “You can have a lot of respect in a school like Bruce Lee had. … He was never raised above anybody. So he kept certain rituals that made people respect him, yet they probably feared him, too. … I think that fear, in a combative school, should not exist. Most people do not understand how to teach the psychology of fear.”

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Is Fear Subjective?

In Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?, Max Laredo, a Montreal-based kung fu instructor, suggests that children might mistake strictness as something to be afraid of. However, he suggests that kids soon learn that instructors are not mean individuals bent on destroying them.

“I’m here to help them,” Laredo says in this FREE download. “Sometimes it is very military-like, but it gives a sense of order.”

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What Is Giri?

Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?

“The word for respect in Japanese (giri) also means duty, obligation, loyalty, respect and honor,” Max Laredo says in Karate Sensei: Should They Be Respected or Feared by Students?. “Giri takes time to learn and acquire, but everybody has the potential to gain it.”

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