How to Live Life with INTEGRITY – A Tenet of the Martial Arts with Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy

The Martial Arts enhances many facets of life – physical fitness, mental well-being and it provides core values for kids as they learn and grow. Try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment. 561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

If you ask most kids what integrity means, they may have a vague idea, but they won’t be able to grasp the depth of its meaning.  And integrity, if nothing else, runs very, very deep.

The word integrity is derived from the Latin “integritas” which by definition means wholeness.   Integrity isn’t just doing one thing well or doing it right… it is a way of living that in whole, defines the person.  It is words, it is behavior, it is courage, it is sensitivity and empathy for others, it is motivation to take action, it is reliability and follow-through.

True integrity goes beyond the virtue of honesty – it is taking a 360 degree approach to beliefs and actions and being genuine to those actions and beliefs.  When explaining this to kids it’s easier to give real-life examples versus definitions.

When we live with integrity, we know who we are and how we want the world to perceive us.  When we approach life consistently with integrity, we become more decisive and therefore, more effective.  Integrity conveys a genuineness in who you are, and it is easily recognized by others.  Trust, closeness and support will more easily follow.  We recommend sharing stories from your past where you’ve shown integrity and even possibly when you have fallen short.  Seeing both sides of integrity help them understand the importance, postive aspects and the challenges.

So, how do we instill this important characteristic in our children and our students in the Martial Arts?  We live it and show it through example.  We encourage honesty and courage to make the right decision, even when the wrong choice is a more popular one.

Leading by example is key.  Avoid excuses and the “little white lies” that often give us an easy way out.   If you tell one, admit it and own it – then make things right.  Be sincere and true to your beliefs and always be yourself.  You and your children will be all the better because of it!

The Martial Arts enhances many facets of life – physical fitness, mental well-being and it provides core values for kids as they learn and grow. Try 2 FREE WEEKS at the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Call today for your complimentary intro class appointment. 561-926-1846 www.brkka.com

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Author: douglastate314

Martial Instructor - Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy (formerly Tiger&Dragon Boca) is run by Black Belt, Sensei Douglas Tate. Sensei Doug grew up in Ohio, under the tutelage of his uncle, Mark Miller, 9TH degree black belt in Tracy’s Kenpo Karate. Doug Tate began his martial arts training and teaching at the age of 8 with Mark Miller and his 11 Tracy’s Kenpo Karate schools in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Doug Tate holds rank in Kenpo and multi-style karate systems and is a certified shootfighting instructor. Doug has been studying the martial arts over 17 years and has taught Kenpo 4 years as an instructor in Ohio. Since living in Florida, Tate continues his studies and has opened the Boca Karate & Kickboxing Academy in July of 2009.

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