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Christian Karate Principles to Live By

Most of the martial arts systems are taught alongside a code of ethics. To do otherwise would be irresponsible and negligent. As Christians, we believe that all we do should be guided by God through His Word as revealed in the Bible. It should be noted that one does not have to be a Christian to be a student of Seigido Ryu, but it is required for each student to demonstrate an understanding of the Principles to Live By as part of the moral foundation of their martial arts training.

For those of different denominations within the Christian faith, we at Seigido Ryu are non-denominational. Our focus is on building character and bringing to life the relevance of the Bible for everyday living. This can enhance the life of the Christian and non-Christian alike, if the student should choose to let it.

Again to teach the martial arts without a code of ethics or morality would be irresponsible. These principles, along with the guided conduct of everyday class, establishes a foundation for students to know how and when to apply their training to their lives. As well as the conduct that is appropriate when interacting with people both inside and outside the Dojo (school).

The Principles to Live By come from the Bible and reflect Judeo-Christian principles. It is our hope that students and families are blessed by these principles as they look to apply them to their lives. A student may or may not need to physically defend him or herself, but the principles can be applied to daily life on a consistent basis.

The Principles to Live By are a part of the written requirements for each test. There are nine principles before Black Belt, one for each rank. The topics of these principles are dealing with anger; discipline; being humble; honor without hypocrisy; do not be quick to pass judgment; be merciful; be forgiving; have patience; and the last one for brown belt is, walk in a manner pleasing to God. Each topic is broken up into three parts. Extra scripture references are provided for additional study, if the student desires to do so.

For the test we expect students to express in writing an understanding of how the principles apply to life. We believe that expressing an understanding of how the principle applies to life would prove most beneficial. To do so, students can simply convey that understanding. Students can choose to write specifically in connection to his or her life or write a simple story that demonstrates an understanding of the principle. For younger students, discussing and writing the principles together with a parent or guardian can be most helpful.

We offer the following samples from students of Seigido Ryu as an example to guide you with this aspect of the testing requirements. Of course it is always appropriate to discuss with your instructor any questions you might have. Finally, we strongly recommend to the students, not to wait until it is time to test to begin looking at the principles. It is best to begin studying and thinking about each principle as soon as possible.

The instructions for each principle are the same, and those instructions are:

You are required to understand the concepts contained within the next section. In writing, give a three part scenario where these principles would apply. This is to be handed in no later than seven days prior to the actual test.
The Principle to Live by for Senior 6th Kyu (White Belt):

An angry man stirs up strife, a hot-tempered man causes many transgressions, and a violent man wages war. Do no associate or envy such men because you may learn their ways. (Proverbs 29:22; 3:31; 22:24-25)

A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, and he who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. (Proverbs 19:11; 16:32)

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)

The Principle to Live By for 5th Kyu (Yellow Belt):

Listen to counsel and accept discipline, so you may be wise the rest of your days. Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but those who hate correction are not wise. (Proverbs 12:1; 19:20)

A wise son accepts his father's discipline, but a scoffer does not listen to correction. (Proverbs 13:1)

He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. (Proverbs 15:32)

The Principle to Live by for Senior 5th Kyu (Yellow Belt):

When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble comes wisdom. A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. (Proverbs 11:2; 29:32)

The Bible says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6)

Humble yourselves in the presence of god, and He will exalt you. (James 4:10)

"Not by might, nor by power,
but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts."
Zechariah 4:6

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