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Respect, it’s not what you know, it’s what you do!

Posted: July 22, 2019

Respect, it’s not what you know, it’s what you do!

Respect is one of the six life skills taught in the Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu Leadership Program.  Like the other life skills, respect is developed and shown in different ways and is comprised of different principles.  But the primary concern, as with most important goals in martial arts and in life, is that to develop and earn respect you have to work at just as consciously as you practice any other important skill.

Respect is not what you know, it’s what you do. It’s nine pillars include trust, caring, courtesy, acceptance, kindness, confidence, listening, loyalty, and adequate communication. 

Each day a person experiences many chances to show respect for themselves, for others, for society and for the world. 

Respect for oneself is seen when an individual makes decisions that are good for them, taking care of one’s physical well-being and making good choices.  Keeping in shape through martial arts and learning the mental disciplines of the sport help to enhance that self-respect.  A person with self-respect takes care in their appearance, expressions and eye contact and will also make choices that reflect the teachings of parents and mentors rather than easily giving in to peer pressure.

Respect for institutions is a demonstration of respect for society.  Knowing the rules and obeying them, especially when visiting other places, following cultural traditional and being courteous are all ways to show respect for one’s society and creates habits that can be carried over when approached with different situations.

This leads to an understanding and respect for our world.  To become a leader is to take the initiative in trying to make the world a better place.  Whether picking up litter, taking part in a food drive or volunteering at a shelter, a good leader learns about the world around them and finds way to be respectful of it. 

For more information on the life skills taught at Popkin-Brogna Jujitsu, please call – (516)489-1278.


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