A family doesn’t have to be made of a father, a mother and children. Karate foster unity and members of the same karate class see each other as brothers and sisters. When students join a martial arts class for the first time, they may be nervous. They don’t know what is expected from them. However, after meeting with the instructor and starting to learn basics, they get used to their new found friends.
Learning new karate moves together with the new found friends foster a sense of unity. The students now feel that they can take any challenge together and as individuals. Training together foster bonding among students and assist children came out by expressing their personality.
Most people don’t know how hard it is to integrate into new social circles. In karate, new members are welcomed and assisted by all the classmates. This fosters a sense of unity and responsibility for other people.
Martial art is a game of competition. During competitions students from different schools meet and bond. This enlarges the community further. Apart from encouraging students to bond and form a family, karate also teaches children to reach out to the community. For example, karate schools engage in community outreach program. Children may visit homes and other places in the community where assistance is needed.
Taking part in the community activity enable children to bond with members of the community. The assistance they provide makes the community to have a positive perception of karate students. Children enrolled in karate class are known for their sense of discipline, unity and cooperation.
Karate instructors often insist on respect, which is one of the value karate masters embrace. Consequently, in karate classes, students treat each other with at most respect. This makes every student feel valued and cared for. When people feel as equals in a group a strong bond develop. This makes the students to feel at home because of the warm and cordial relations.
Before lessons, martial arts instructors often remind the students of the mantra they need to live by. Students normally recite the mantra before starting classes. In martial arts classes, students vow to preserve things like comradeship, brotherhood and the art. This constantly remind children they need to cooperate. Comradeship and cooperation are desirable traits at school and in the family.
At school a cooperative child is less likely to be a victim of bullying because he/she treat fellow students and teachers well. On the contrary, an isolated child is often a soft target for a bully. At the family level, martial arts teach children to help and take care of their siblings. Children trained in martial arts are proactive and never hesitant to help with household chores.
It is evident that karate is effective in creating communal bonds and connections. It creates strong bonds among students and give them a sense of being members of one large family. Karate also makes it possible for students to bond with the surrounding community by taking part in communal activities.
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