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Teaching Karate 8 -- Speaking Ill of Others

As a Karate instructor, it is important not to speak negatively or ill of other Karate instructors or styles, or of other martial arts instructors or styles for that matter.

It is natural that you might prefer your particular form of Karate. But we all have a lot to learn from each other. Many fine Karate instructors also studied other martial arts.

More importantly, if you speak negatively, you are being negative. If you are negative, your students will become negative as well. The best way to remain positive is to focus on training and teaching to the very best of your ability.

Negative comments have a way of becoming known. I believe in the adage that if you don't have something nice to say, it is better to say nothing at all.

If you teach long enough, you might find that others say negative things about you. Such is life. If they say something negative that is true, then you should work on it. If they say something negative that is false, so what! Your postive actions speak loudest.


Charles C. Goodin