Following yesterdays entry I was considering some of the similarities between scouting and the martial arts as they are presented at Karate Quest. Consider the following information from Spiritus Temporus.
Scout Oath: On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
Scout Law: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Anyone can claim to teach values such as those outlined in the Boy Scout Oath and Law cited above. However, I don’t believe that someone who lacks morals in their personal life is prepared to teach morals, values and principles to others. That is why it is appropriate that a Boy Scout who is also a Karate Quest Instructor led the Cub Scouts on their introduction to the martial arts. It shows principle centered leadership in action.
Ask yourself this question. Can someone who lacks integrity or has demonstrated over the years that they lack integrity teach that value to other? I think we all know the answer as this was a rhetorical question. Many karate schools claim to teach values and Karate Quest delivers on it. You can see it in Adam and his commitment to the values of scouting on and off the training floor. You can see it in the distinguished leadership of the school as you look closer at the instructors’ personal lives. The values are congruent through and throuh.
Should you come across a school where the values they claim to teach and the people teaching them don’t seem to match up, don’t be afraid to move on. It is appropriate to know a little about an instructor’s personal life off the mat beyond what is presented in their resume of martial arts training. If you are investing time and energy for yourself or a family member to be molded into a future leader you should know who is doing the molding.
Bottom line a good martial arts instructor should exhibit values in their daily life like an Eagle Scout. The world would be a better place if Karate Instructors everywhere adopted the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
To the naysayers who would think you need to put on a tough guy image to defend yourself or teach self-defense I can say that simply is not true. Awareness and confidence have a lot more to do with avoiding and managing conflict than acting like a tough guy.
By the way, the motto of the United States Secret Service is “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.” That agency has some of the bravest and toughest men and women on the planet. However, they always act with dignity and follow the golden rule of treating others as they would want to be treated. When it is necessary, they know how to do their job better than anybody, but they don’t where a tough guy attitude on their sleeve.
By the way there are a lot of Boy Scouts in the U.S. Secret Service because they are “Worthy of Trust and Confidence.” Maybe oneday we can meet I can be given the opportunity to win your trust and confidence.
Until then strive for Karate Quest Excellence!