“Kindness and good manners are key components on the character of the modern warriors”
– Prof. Flavio Almeida GB San Clemente Jiu-Jitsu Head Instructor
A lot goes into our minds when we picture a warrior – or a fighter. They are tough, they can be brutal, they can be violent but they also can be very kind. In fact, in most cultures Elite warriors were always expected and trained to display good manners and a neat behavior.
One of the best ways to look into this element of kindness that goes into what we learned to expect out of warriors is how FreeDictionary.com defines Chivalry.
1. The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood.
A) The qualities idealized by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women.
B) A Manifestation of any of these qualities.
In the 21st century, we have seen an explosion of a new type of warriors called fighters of all kinds. The UFC being the biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) show in the planet gives a lot of projection into many of them. For some reason, the one’s who display the highest degree of “chivalry” are the ones to become more popular: Machida, GSP, Anderson Silva, among others.
Here at Gracie Barra San Clemente Martial Arts, we work hard to build complete fighters with the physical prowess, sharp skills and god manners. From kids to adults, that’s what we expect from our Jiu-Jitsu students. On our BJJ kids classes we like to work in partnership with parents to make sure what behavior we expect from them on and off the mats.
Here is an interesting article suggesting 10 Specific Manners we must teach our kids. We hope you can find the time to read it and discuss with your children over dinner table.
See you in class!
GB San Clemente Jiu-Jitsu Team