What does Integrity mean? The definition is: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles and moral uprightness. But what does that actually mean? It’s simply being a good person and a good member of society. It’s a very important life skill we develop strongly through martial marts. It means being an honest person, a good friend, and a good son or daughter. We should all live our lives with integrity. It’s doing the right thing like no one is watching...but what if someone WAS watching?
Be a friend like your friend is watching: Our friends are some of the most important people in our lives. They’re always there for us and they trust us to do our best to be a good friend back. It’s all about acting how you would want them to act to you. Help them when they need help. If you tell them you’re going to study with them after school, show up on time and do it! Don’t say bad things about them behind their backs.
Be a good son or daughter like your parent is watching: When I was younger I once broke a vase in my home. I was so scared for my parents to come home and see what I did. I wondered if I should hide the evidence and pretend like it didn’t happen. I didn’t do that. I acted like if they were home when it happened. I was honest and admitted my mistake. Honesty with your parents is always the right way to go.
Study like your teacher is watching: When you get home from school do you immediately do your homework? That’s how I was when I was in school. Your mind is fresh and once it’s done you can hang out with your friends or get ready for martial arts class. Study like your teacher is looking over your shoulder. You’ll get better grades and show your integrity.
Practice martial arts like your instructor is watching: Do you have a big belt test coming up? How are you going to prepare? It’s easy to show up to class on time with your gi ironed and your belt tied well. Easy! It’s harder when you get home and have to practice. You can show your integrity by practicing your martial arts like you instructor is in your home watching you practice. Every kick should be your highest, every punch your hardest. This is how we improve!