Psalm 119:6 KJV
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
Psalm 119:15 KJV
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. King David is the human author of this chapter and he shows his love for the word of God in it. In the above two verses, he speaks of having respect to all of God's commandments and to all of God's ways. For David, it wasn't a matter of picking and choosing which commandments he was going to follow. It was all of them.
Now, in our dojo rule number one is,”Always show respect." That respect is not just to me, the chief instructor. Showing respect goes for all instructors, all students and even the equipment that we use in class. Respect in the dojo means to listen and do your best in class with the understanding, that each instructor is sacrificing time to teach you. We all could be doing something somewhere else. Respect is not being distracting to fellow students as they are there to learn. Respect is doing your part in taking care of the dojo and the equipment that is used so it will last in order to help instruct others. After all, it's not free and generally the instructors are the ones that paid for it.
I know sometimes it can be hard to get along with another person in class and even some instructors. You may have different personalities and likes and dislikes. But respect goes beyond that. My Sensei James Burke and I disagree in matters of politics and religion and have for years. But I always show him respect as he is the one that trained me from yellow belt to the first black belt produced in his dojo. He has invested A LOT in me with O' Sensei Tsuruoka and Sensei David Tsuruoka for me to be a 6th degree black belt today. They will always have my respect.
So, just like David did not choose which commandments or ways he was going to follow, we cannot pick and choose who or when we show respect. After all the rule is ALWAYS show respect!
Train Hard, Respectfully
1. Advance workout on Saturday February 3rd from 12 to 2 pm. $10 drop in fee.
2. Black Belt workout and grading will be Saturday Feb. 17th from 12 to 2pm.
3. Grading will be the week of February 12th through the 17th. The testing fee is due at time of grading.
4. Genbu Kai tournament will be Saturday April 28th. Plan now to attend to compete in Kata, Kumite, team Kata and weapons. Registration forms will be available in the coming months.