Behaviour for children:
Martial arts training strongly encourages appropriate behaviour. Our classes are arranged around 5 phases, all of which require a different type of behaviour. There are drills where listening is important, learning with a partner where compliance is helpful, wrestling where doing ones best is necessary, group discussions which require attention and appropriate contribution and meditation which requires stillness and self control. Read more here
Each phase is associated with a class formation and children learn to associate modes of behaviour with each formation and we use a variety of methods to encourage the appropriate behaviour for each phase- we use a combination of awarding badges, enthusiasm and encouragement, historic and archetypal role models. Our experience teaching thousands of students over 12 years has proven that empathy, encouragement and recognition are more effective than coercion and sticks in encouraging appropriate behaviour.
However, an in accord with the precepts of eastern philosophies, the most powerful way we have found of encouraging the best in our students is by giving them exercises that are enjoyable and natural for them to engage with.
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