Stereo Types

This posting is not me trying to say what is right or what is wrong. It’s not about “who” may be right or wrong. And mostly, no matter what I write or post will not change “the world or society”. That is not my intension nor do I hold the power to do so.

This one is about “stereo types”. ALL TYPES OF STEREO TYPES…

The definition of a stereo type is: “to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same”. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stereotype

It really comes down to our own choices. The choice to express or live out your given right of freedom verses your personal self or property being in jeopardy of harm in verbal or physical means.

First look at stereo types. Stereo types have been around long before we were born. They are there, created by society in different fashions such as music, movies, books, to social media and social life itself. Rappers tend to dress and act in a certain manner. Metalheads and hippies do the same. Even down to movie stars and Reality Star Diva’s, they can all be grouped into some sort of stereo type. I can not say weather they like it or enjoy it or even care, but they do. If you turn on any Real House Wives of ______, you will automatically have an idea in your head of what they all will act like or sound like. Most the time you are right..

Before going off too far from the topic, my point of writing this posting is, this. If you do not want to be judged as a specific stereo type, then please do not play the part. Depending on where you live, if you wear jeans 4 sizes too big, underwear hanging out, baggy shirt and over size jacket, plus the hat turned sideways, then there will be a good chance, you will be viewed as that type of person.

Think of it this way. If you dressed up in a firemans gear and went to the store, everyone would automatically think you are a fireman. Well, if you dress as a “thug”, or “skater rat”, or a “punk”, most will automatically precieve you into this role. It’s that simple.

Over the last couple years there have been some very high profile news stories where individuals have been beaten by others or some even shot by police. Much of this comes from someone being steroe typed as a dangerous person or a threat. Again, I cant say who’s in the right or wrong, partly because we never get 100% of the real story.

Could some instances been avoided had someone not dressed a certain way, acted a certain way, felt threatened by a making that stereo type upon someone else?? I don’t know.

So, this is just a ramble with no proper beginning or end, and no questions answered. Just know and learn that profiling and being placed in a stereo type will never go away, and sometimes YOU may have the power to change the process or outcome..

 

Why Do We Bow

I just came across this article and thought it would be great to share with my students and others who may come across it. I am taking this from Darlington Taekwondo Martial Arts, and here is the whole page.. http://www.chungdokwantkd.co.uk/#!Why-Do-We-Bow-In-Martial-Art/c1qpz/55a2abdf0cf21636d2fc4d8d

Give it a read and I hope you all enjoy…

Bowing in the martial arts is a very simple act but one that is extremely important. Many students often bow just because they are told they have to and don’t understand the crucial meaning behind it. Bowing between Instructors and students shows the respect felt among themselves and towards each other. It also shows you care. When you bow, you are not bowing to that person, but respecting the knowledge and skill that person has acquired, and to the rank that they have attained. Bowing is about heart and feeling and it’s about what is said without speaking. It is about paying respect.

Bowing also symbolizes humility. When you bow to a higher grade you are acknowledging they know more about martial arts than you. Being humble is a very important trait to have in every aspect of your life and every time you bow you should remind yourself to be modest and always think of others. It is very good for keeping your ego in check.

How to bow: Always ensure your feet are together with no gaps. Your hands are by your side and you bow 45 degrees from the waist with your eyes lowered.

When to bow and why:

  • TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR: The most important person to bow to is your Instructor, for they are the one that will teach you everything you will ever learn about the martial arts. For this you will be forever in their debt. This you can never repay but hopefully one day pass onto others. You should bow when you first meet your Instructor and also when you say goodbye and also if they help you in any way. The bond between a student and their Instructor is one that will last a lifetime and is based on respect, trust and loyalty. This is rare and should be cherished.

  • WHEN ENTERING THE DOJANG: Bowing when entering the dojang has several meanings to think about. Firstly it symbolises clearing your mind and leaving all your problems at the door. It allows you to have “you” time where you can concentrate solely on your martial art. This is fantastic for stress release and to get the most out of your training. When you bow you should also “empty your cup.” This means you go into the lesson as a black canvas and ready to learn whatever is taught that day. Students who arrive at lessons already thinking they know it all will develop big egos and this is against everything the martial arts promote. Importantly you are bowing to what the room represents as an avenue to learn and grow and an environment of positive change.

  • WHEN YOU LEAVE THE DOJANG: This signifies that your training has finished. Also that you are grateful for the knowledge received that lesson from your Instructor.

  • AT THE START/END OF THE LESSON: The highest grade should always command the whole class to bow to the Instructor as a sign of respect and gratitude at the start and the end of the lesson.

  • WHEN TRAINING WITH A PARTNER: Partners should always shake hands as well after training. Bowing indicates that the practitioners are alert and ready and also that they wish no harm to their partner. Bowing after training together shows gratitude to the other person. Each person learns something about themselves during training and the ending bow is thanking the other person for the learning.

Why bowing is so important.
When one doesn’t understand why you bow, they are not doing wrong, but missing out on a journey of self discovery and philosophy

So the next time you bow, think about the context of the situation. Who are you bowing to? Why? What purpose does it serve? Within that context, how can you be the best student you can possibly be? How can you use your time most effectively? It is these thoughts that are the mark of a true martial artist. Introspection and awareness are the hallmarks of great practitioners. Strive to be the best you can be. It involves opening your eyes, as well as your mind to everything that goes on within the dojang, not just the physical.