Leadership is a cornerstone of martial arts training. Our first lesson at the school is to lead by example. Our instructors aim to show high moral character and guide students through training as well as any other situation the student is going through in their personal life, should they seek advice.
In order to be a good leader, students must first understand when to follow instructions and when to respectfully question authority. Continuing to lead by example, our instructors teach courteously yet resolutely. Students are expected to complete certain tasks, both in the school as well as outside the dojo, within realistic expectations. Our students learn to follow instructions by reasonable teachers who are asking students to behave appropriately, with no negative moral consequences.
No one can be a good leader if they don't first understand how to be a member of a functioning team. Understanding how to move a group to action through your own passion is a major part of becoming a good leader.
Understanding your own limitations and having the courage to select team members who excel in those areas is the hallmark of a good leader. They understand that synergy, or creating a team that is greater than the sum of its parts is a key leadership skill and they put that skill into practice.
History does not remember the names of the leaders who did not create strong teams and inspire the people around them, but everyone knows names like Patton, Reagan, Washington, Adams, King, Churchill, and Sun Tzu. While the leadership training provided in martial arts may not make you a household name or remembered by history, you will be remembered by all those whose lives you touch and change for the better.
The concepts of leadership taught in the dojo, ranging from honesty, integrity and compassion to respect, self-discipline and humility are carried over into daily life.
Our leadership training starts with a powerful premise... that every student possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. Students learn to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, complete assignments, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express viewpoints persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. This learning impacts all stakeholders, starting first with the instructors and then expanding to students, their families, and the community at large. Students build strong foundations made from timeless principles and learn to be guided by their own moral compass.
A leader is made through hard work, determination, good management skills and technique as well as experiencing both successes and failures in life. If our students can transfer their leadership skills from in the dojo to outside its walls, then everyone has done their job.
We strive to craft our students into well-rounded individuals who can guide, manage, supervise, direct and control a situation. A good leader possesses all of these things, but is also honest, communicative, confident, committed, positive and creative.