What is Good Sportsmanship?

5 Tenants of Tae Kwon DoAs we gear up for Tournament season, it is important to think about what good sportsmanship means to us.  Good sportsmanship is when athletes, coaches, parents and judges treat each other with respect and dignity – win or lose.  Displaying good sportsmanship is not always easy – children and parents can often be upset or disappointed at a loss.  Learning how to accept defeat gracefully is an important skill that will serve you throughout your life.

Here are some tips for displaying good sportsmanship:Hand Shake

1. Treat others with respect – your teammates and your opponents.

2. Show your coaches and judges the respect they deserve.

3. Always play by the rules and be fair.

4. Encourage your teammates.  Congratulate opponents.  High fives for a job well done.

5. Manners are important – shake hands, bow, say yes sir or ma’am.

6. Accept defeat with dignity – no pouting or crying.

7. Win gracefully – no gloating or rubbing it in.

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Remember, you are not only representing yourself, you are representing your club. When you behave poorly, it reflects on your instructors, teammates and parents.

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Parents and coaches can help children understand that good sportsmanship can be shown with small gestures and efforts.  It can start with something as small as shaking hands with an opponent before and after a match, acknowledging the efforts of another athlete and accepting defeat gracefully.  This is especially true when it comes to the martial arts.  As you all know, the 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are what guide of practice. These tenets must be shown to all our fellow martial artists – regardless of what club or organization they belong to.

We wish you all the best of luck for this tournament season!  Go Team Summit!!

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The 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do

5 Tenants of Tae Kwon DoMartial Arts is steeped in tradition and principles.  People are often drawn to the practice based on this adherence to a high moral code of conduct.  Students are expected to follow this moral standard both inside and outside the dojang.  At Summit Martial Arts, we ask all our students to conduct themselves in a way that is becoming of a true martial artist.  It is not enough to simply learn the movements, one must embody all the tenets of Tae Kwon Do that have been taught for generations before them.  Our instructors consider each student’s ability to follow these “rules” when determining readiness for belt promotion or leadership training.  Today, we will discuss the 5 tenets of Tae Kwon Do and what it means for us as martial artists.

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1. Courtesy

Courtesy by definition:  The showing of politeness in one’s attitude and behaviour towards others.

What does this mean for our martial arts practice:  It means showing respect to your instructors and fellow students by being on time for class, bowing when entering and leaving the dojang, bowing to black belts as they enter and leave the dojang – you are showing courtesy and respect for their earned rank, standing at attention when speaking to a black belt, always listening to your instructor when he or she is speaking, always addressing instructors with the appropriate title (Master, Mr. or Mrs – please ask if you are unsure), being respectful to your senior ranks and courteous to your junior ranks, it is important to be patient and kind to our junior ranks – you set the example for them, do not interrupt or talk when an instructor is speaking, being respectful of your fellow students training time and the instructors time, be polite – always.

2. Integrity

Integrity by definition:  The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

What does this mean for our martial arts training:  the best way to think of integrity is to always do the right thing.  If you are asked for 25 push ups, you do 25, not 23. If you commit to something, see it through.  Always be honest with yourself and others, dishonesty is never rewarded.

For Summit Martial Arts, maintaining our integrity is of the utmost importance. Our students are a representation of what we teach.  We take this seriously.  We teach our techniques properly before we move on, we do not promote unless a student is ready, we do not reward ego or unsportsmanlike conduct, we set the example.

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3. Perseverance

Perseverance by definition:  Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success

What does that mean for our martial arts training:  this tenet can be applied to any goal a student would like to reach both inside and outside the dojang.  If you are looking to achieve your Black Belt, you must persevere to achieve this milestone. To persevere means pushing yourself when you feel like quitting, pushing yourself to practice when no one else is watching, doing what ever it takes to achieve your goals.

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4. Self Control

Self Control by definition:  The ability to control oneself, in particular one’s emotions and desires, especially in difficult situations

What does this mean for our martial arts training:  Self control is extremely important inside and outside the dojang, whether conducting oneself in sparring or in your own personal life. A loss of self control in sparring can cause great harm to both student and opponent. Senior students should control their ego and not feel the need to dominate or “show up” less experienced students.   As Lao Tzu says ““The best fighter is never angry.”

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Self control in one’s own life can be crucial at home, at work and in public. Controlling our emotions is a skill – one that can be honed with practice and determination.  Remember, Tae Kwon Do is an art based in self defence and should only be used as when absolutely necessary.

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

5. Indomitable Spirit

Indomitable Spirit by definition:  a spirit that cannot be subdued or overcome; unconquerable

What does that mean for our martial arts practice:  any martial artist must possess an indomitable spirit in order to develop their physical, spiritual and moral character.  This spirit helps you to persevere through seemingly insurmountable obstacles, it keeps you going, it pushes you through mental and physical exhaustion, it cannot be crushed, it tells you to try again if you fail, to pick yourself up when you are down, to keep practising, and it pushes you to face your fears.  This indomitable spirit will push you to be the BEST you can be.

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What do the 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do mean to you?  Think about this as you go about your daily life and be mindful in your training.  We should spend time reflecting on these principles as they are the most important part of being a true martial artist.

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Board Breaking at Summit Martial Arts

Board BreakingOn Saturday, October 3, Summit Martial Arts put on a Board Breaking Seminar.   It was an amazing afternoon filled with explosive kicks and punches! The session started with a short lecture from Master Morris about how technique plays a major role in a student’s ability to break boards. Our SMA kids and adults were excited to get started. First, everyone got to practice with the re-breakable boards.  This ensures that a student is comfortable with their technique and the feel of breaking a board. We do board breaks regularly in class but this seminar was extra special.

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After mastering their techniques, SMA students moved on to the good stuff – real wood boards!! We are not sure who was more excited to break the wood boards, our adult students or the kids.

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Summit Martial Arts students spent the next 90 minutes working on their kicks and punches.  It was an action packed seminar!  Our youngest members showed their skills with some exciting hand techniques.

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The kids did an awesome job powering through those boards – it’s amazing what you can do when your technique is spot on!  At Summit Martial Arts, we take pride in our technique.  It is not enough to simply go through the motions. Our instructors take time to teach and correct each student.  As a result, our students feel confident in their abilities.

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Our adults had a great time too!  Speed breaks were particularly popular – it is pretty exciting to see a board go flying from the sheer power of your fist.

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The day was truly inspiring.  Students were thrilled at their ability to break boards and confidence levels soared by the end of the seminar.  Our young students took home a broken board as their trophy for their hard work.  It was an awesome day – we cannot wait to do it again!!  For more pictures, check us out on Facebook.

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SMA teams up with Smarty Skirts for Ladies Self Defence

Summit Martial Arts SignSummit Martial Arts has teamed up with Smarty Skirts (formerly Calgary Mastermind) to offer a FREE Ladies Self Defence Class on Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30pm.  Smarty Skirts offers free and low cost educational services to women.  They believe in empowering women through community building, education and support.  Smarty Skirts organizes social meet ups for Mom’s and families as well as many volunteer opportunities.  We could not think of a better organization to be teamed up with.

Summit Martial Arts is hosting a 60 minute workshop designed to teach women how to defend themselves from an attacker. We teach women how to spot danger signs and how to defend themselves in various scenarios. We use realistic drills to emulate real life situations.
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The program deals specifically with how and where women are commonly attacked. Prevention and awareness are crucial skills in would be dangerous situations. Women will learn how to safely and effectively fend off an attacker with strikes, elbows, knees, and kicks. More importantly, women learn how to handle themselves in the worst case scenarios.

Weapons DisarmingMaster Morris has taught self defence to law enforcement officers and civilians alike. In cooperation with the RCMP and Sanctuary House for Battered Women, Master Morris instructed high school girls in the art of self defence in preparation for living on their own. In appreciation for his efforts, the RCMP awarded Master Morris for his contribution to the S.H.A.R.E. Program.

We want to empower women with the skills and knowledge to protect themselves! What you learn could save your life!!

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To register, visit the Smarty Skirts Facebook page.  Follow the link to the Event Brite registration. You MUST register to attend this event.  If you have any questions or need more information about Smarty Skirts, please email smartyskirtsyyc@gmail.com.  Summit Martial Arts does not take registrations directly.

We look forward to meeting all the Smarty Skirt Ladies in person.