The ultimate purpose of martial arts is personal development.
For youth especially, martial arts should deliver training in a powerful environment that cultivates positive personality attributes and inter-personal skills. This environment is created through…
- Encouragement of self-discipline, enthusiasm, and whole-hearted engagement
- Praise by peers and teachers for successful results
- Goal-oriented training that encourages pursuit of mastery
- Affirming correction when needed for inappropriate behavior
- Social interaction with friendly people of varying ages and backgrounds
- Non-competitive and safe atmosphere
- Expectation of cooperation and respect
- Discussion of To-Shin Do 3-part Student Creed and 14-point Code of Mindful Action
. An Important Decision
“It is an important decision. Who will you trust to influence your child? For close to six years now, my daughters have studied self-defense in the Japanese ninja tradition at the Boulder Quest Center. They have stuck with it of their own desire. And each daughter has earned a black belt. My daughters have learned quick disarming and escape moves to stay safe against a stranger and responses for inappropriate social situations at school or a party. But, most importantly for day-to-day living, Mary Casey has modeled how to be compassionate, present, and awake human beings. It is obvious to me that she has been a very good influence.” —Neshama, Mother of Halonah, 13, and Zipporah, 12 For children ages 4-7, check out our Mighty Dragons and Dragon Warriors program. For youth ages 7-15, read more about Life Skills through Martial Arts in our To-Shin Do youth program.