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Word of the Month: Service

When you think about karate, you’re likely to think of certain words like discipline, respect, “karate chop”, strength, Bruce Lee, push-ups, sidekick and so on. One word that may not immediately come to mind is service. And yet it is a central value in a dojo.

As Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, if it weren’t for service and people paying it forward, we wouldn’t have martial arts today. Martial arts still exist because practitioners have devoted themselves to helping new students learn by passing their knowledge down, generation after generation.

Most of the words of the month we discuss in our Striving for Excellence program at Douvris Martial Arts focus on ourselves and how we can become better people. But with service, Sensei Cody says, “you have to look beyond that. You have to go outside of you and look around to where you can see different opportunities to help people.”

This service mentality applies everywhere: at the dojo, at home, at work, in school. But it requires us to think less of ourselves and more of others, and how we can be of use to our fellows. And one beauty of service is that it doesn’t have to be spectacular to be worth it. Sometimes, simply smiling at someone will help make them feel better, and encourage them in turn to smile at someone else. On and on it goes, one small gesture of service multiplying itself and spreading out through the world.

Acquiring a service mentality takes practice, and that is one reason why we spend time at the dojo talking to our students about it, reminding them to work on it, and making them understand that the more they help others, the more they appreciate what they themselves have. Helping students develop their sense of service will make them less likely to fall into the entitled-mentality trap and that, we think, is a goal worth fighting for.

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DOUVRIS Martial Arts strongly believes in developing the character of our students along with the martial arts skills we teach them. The Striving for Excellence character development program was developed with over 30 years experience in teaching children respect, confidence and self-discipline. Striving for Excellence gives our members the opportunity to discuss, practice, and apply character development traits in their lives. The program includes a Karate Kids Workbook and a Karate Tykes Colouring book which children complete each month at home. The lessons outlined in the workbook are designed to accompany the “Word of the Month” which instructors discuss with students during each class.

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Douvris News

Word of the Month: Service

February 1, 2019

As Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, if it weren’t for service and people paying it forward, we wouldn’t have martial arts today.

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PD Day Camp

January 30, 2019

Spend your PD Day at the Bank Street Dojo on Friday, February 15!!

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Kids Kicking Cardio-A-Thon

January 29, 2019

Join Douvris Martial Arts legendary Cardio-a-thon to raise money for Kids Kicking Cancer Canada to help raise funds and awareness for this outstanding program!

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In-House Tournament

January 28, 2019

Join us on Sunday, February 10, 2019, for our first in-house tournament of the year!!

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Black Belt Grading Ceremony 2019

January 20, 2019

Come join in the celebration! Our Black Belt Grading Ceremony is taking place on June 2, 2019.

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