The “Connection” Reflecting on the martial art that I practiced since 1981, Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan, there seems to be one word that constantly comes up, the “connection.” Through the practice of this traditional Korean martial art I found that this one word seems to tie in all the various aspects of the art on so many levels. The Instructor/ Student connection: Beginning with the very first connection,the introduction to my instructor. Though the years of training under hi
By Steven Lemner During a class there are some important etiquettes that we perform in relationship to other members during training. The first is to acknowledge and demonstrate respect in the form of a bow to our partner. In this simple greeting and act there are some several non verbal commitments. We first acknowledge that we are there to support and help our partner to further grow by giving our absolute best. Second, we recognize that we are both there to grow and that w
by Steven Lemner In this third installment I would like to share my insights to etiquette within a Dojang relating to the beginning ceremony of traditional classes. These concepts and etiquettes can apply to many traditional martial arts systems with various differences based on the country of origin and martial systems. (Here I will use my tradition in the Moo Duk Kwan.) As stated in the second part on etiquette, communication in multiple levels is vital. This can be verbal,
By Steven Lemner Etiquette in different cultures have some common traits. Actions performed by people during certain situations can make a huge difference in the outcome of the action and it’s perception. The 5 Types of Business Etiquette * Workplace etiquette. * Table manners and meal etiquette. * Professionalism. * Communication etiquette. * Meetings etiquette. These can be also seen in many of the same ways in martial arts situations. Workplace etiquette can be seen as “Do
By Steven Lemner Yeui 예의 (courtesy/ manners etiquette). Martial arts etiquette is considered one of the highest levels of practice in the arts. It’s traditions connect us to our history, the origins of the art and culture. Various countries and cultures have many different “customs”/ etiquette's. Being aware of these helps us to feel part of the surroundings and In turn demonstrates to others our desire to be part of and connect.
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