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Rule #1 - Be Nice

Uncategorized Oct 03, 2018

Rule #1

 Being nice is about showing respect. We teach young students that respect is treating others the way you would like to be treated. How do we earn respect? By first showing others respect. People fear that people don’t listen or don’t understand them, so they yell louder, or speak more harshly, but that doesn’t fix anything. The reason people don’t hear you, regardless of your argument and how true it is, is because they don’t respect you. You can speak the absolute truest truth ever, but if the receiver doesn’t respect you it will likely be met with resistance or fall on deaf ears. How does one earn respect? By acting respectfully, by first showing respect; starting with being nice. This is sometimes misinterpreted as putting on a fake smile. I didn’t say that; I didn’t say fake nice. The rule is be nice. Lying to pretend your nice is not the same as being nice. How can you separate the two? Simple; think back to what you...

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NKFA's Black Sash Values

Uncategorized Sep 24, 2018

First of all, WHAT IS A VALUE?
When an action reaps a desired consequence, a value is born. For instance, you notice that telling the truth causes people to trust you and has a positive effect on your friendships. This value of “honesty” then becomes important to you, because it carries “value” for you. That is why values are called values.
Values are different than morals. Morals tell us WHAT to do. Our morals are our standards of behavior, or what we perceive to be right or wrong. Values on the other hand, are tools to see HOW our actions can have positive or
negative consequences. Our values can help us shape our moral codes, and constantly evaluate them to see if they are causing more harm or more good.

Take honesty for example, a common value. If you value honesty, you use it, whether it is easy or difficult. But what about a situation where honesty can put someone’s life in danger? Say an enraged serial killer asks where to find someone. Will...

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Why train to Black Sash & Beyond?

Uncategorized Jul 12, 2018

Imagine you were attending Harvard Law. You wouldn’t
be humming and hawing from midterm to midterm,
whether or not you were going to follow through to get
your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.
Getting to Black Belt is no different. You begin with the
end in mind. People start kung fu because they want to
be confident, focused, and disciplined. They want to be
physically and mentally fit. As soon as you start seeing
progress, now you decide if you want to continue to reap
those benefits for yourself or for your child, and if you
want those changes to become permanent. Anyone would
agree that it is foolish to believe that permanent positive
change can come from only a couple months of practice.
Quick fix simply doesn’t work for character building;

Real, life-long change takes long-term commitment and

a clear, challenging goal. Once a person, adult or child,
has committed himself or herself to the pursuit of Black,
it changes the mind, leaving a new electrical pathway in

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