Why did you start practicing Martial Arts?

Was it to increase your confidence, to have full body workouts, to increase your flexibility, to improve your coordination, to learn how to defend yourself, improve your health and/or mental stamina, improve your social skills, develop self discipline, as a stress relief or because you were bullied? As you can see there are a lot of reasons why somebody could choose to start learning Martial Arts. Think about this question for a while, let it sink in. Why did you start?

Mission statement

Our mission is creating foundation / widespread and public support / acceptance / broad consensus and most of all raise awareness, sportsmanship and respect between all Martial Artists around the world.

Vision statement

Our vision for the future is to be a world renowned symbol for Martial Artists, an Emblem for Acceptance, Awareness, Compassion, Empathy, Respect and Understanding between all Martial Artists.

The Emblem of Respect

The Emblem of Respect stands for core values within Martial Arts. When you set foot in a dojo anywhere on the planet, the first thing that will be taught is Respect. Respect for one another, this is one of the core values of any Martial Art. By showing the header on your website and/or wearing the emblem on your outfit, you support our philosophy and the core values of the Emblem of Respect.

The Emblem of Respect

What inspired The Emblem of Respect

When your being bullied as a kid, that leaves a mark. No matter the age, that mark will always be part of you if you like it or not. From elementary school till end secondary education that was me, and the part of the mark, yes, that is also me. In 1998, when I was 16 years old I started to practice Martial Arts in the town where I grew up, and fell in love. Not exactly with the kind of Martial Art, but more the values that where taught there. The first thing that I got was 'to great the Dojo' and to always have respect for and towards one another. That Dojo was a safe place, still is, a place where I didn't have to think about being bullied, a creative place, a place where everyone was welcome. I think these values (what I call the six core values) are very important and should be giving a lot more attention. We should all make sure that those safe places get the attention they deserve.

By wearing the Emblem of Respect on your sport outfit, showing the Emblem of Respect header on your website and/or using the Emblem of Respect in your Social Media posts, you support the goal and show that you practice Martial Art in a safe place, that is welcome to all. You can find the images on our Download page.

Emblem of Respect Contributor

We are looking for Emblem of Respect Contributors, Martial Artists (teachers and students) who enjoy practicing their artform and are passionate about the six core values of The Emblem of Respect (Acceptance, Awareness, Compassion, Empathy, Respect and Understanding).

Beneficial to the Martial Arts community

When you set foot in a dojo anywhere on the planet, the first thing that will be taught is Respect. Respect for one another, this is the core value of any Martial Art. The Emblem of Respect lets you as a Martial Artist be recognized as a person that holds great value to the six core values of The Emblem of Respect and show that you practice your Art in a place where you feel safe and will be taught the proper values.

Martial Arts like

Arnis, Aikido, Bacom, Bokh (Mongolian Wrestling), Capoeira, Escrima / Eskrima, Gouging, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Kung Fu, Fencing, Hapkido, Jiu-Jitsu, Kali, Karate, Kempo, Kendo, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, LINE, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program), Muay Thai, Ninjutsu, Pencak Silat, Rough and Tumble, Sambo, Sumo Wrestling, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Vacon, Vale Tudo (NHB (No Holds Barred)), Wing Chun and Wrestling

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