Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tying the knot of knowledge
We teach our students to treat their belt with the same respect that you would treat the American Flag ~ for example we don’t just throw our belt on the floor. They put hours of training into each belt and you need to respect the sweat that you put into it. After receiving a new belt, we have a tradition of tying the old belt in a knot. We say that you’re “Tying in the Knowledge” of that level before moving onto the next level. Learning is an empirical process where each level of knowledge and experiences becomes the foundation to stack the higher levels.
The great thing about learning, knowledge, and experiences is that they last a lifetime and mold who we are and who we become. In fact, the more positive experiences and knowledge we gain, the more successful we become ~ therefore building our confidence as we grow to be more competent, responsible, and independent.
Ben Franklin put it, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” He was saying that we should constantly work toward increasing our knowledge and that this investment of time and money is one of the greatest investments we can make.
In karate, we provide valuable experiences and knowledge along with creating friendships and connections that change the course of each student’s lives ~ therefore tying in the knowledge on the way to creating a greater you. It’s like hitting a fork in the road. Once you take the positive path of self development through karate, you are forever changed and the other negative road is gone forever. The further you ride on this road the further you veer off and diverge from the other path.