HAPKIDO PHILOSOPHY OF ETHICS Welcome to your philosophy and culture lesson for today from the USA Hapkido Union. I am Instructor Ma, your USA Hapkido Union language, culture, and character development teacher. Today’s Lesson is sponsored by www.USAHapkidoUnion.org In today’s lesson we will discuss Hapkido philosophy of ethics.
This series is to teach us some of the reasons that martial artists should study philosophy. This lesson comes from the book, “Be a Life Champion: The Martial Arts Way”. Let’s begin. Ethics. In philosophy, ethics are an understanding of right and wrong behavior. Most martial artists recognize that ethics are an important tenet in martial arts, as well. After all, instructors pass on knowledge and if that knowledge is tainted or used for the wrong reason, it damages the value of martial arts. Additionally, earning rank or a belt carries the responsibility of being an ethical individual. This rank revolves partly around physical skill and endurance, and partly around mindset and ethics. Ethics is the life blood of the martial artist and that is why so many get angry when a person tries to defame martial arts by their unethical actions. Studying the ethical analysis of philosophy cements the importance of ethics in life and in martial art practice. To uphold the tenets of martial arts, treat others with dignity and respect, and be a good role model hinges on the ethical behavior of the martial artist which is an unmistakable concept taught in philosophy. As Hapkido practitioners we ask ourselves what is ethics? For us the term ethics refers to the philosophical study of the concepts of moral right and wrong and moral good an bad, to any philosophical theory of what is morally right and wrong or morally good and bad, and to any system of code or of moral rules, principles, or values. This is why true Hapkido practitioners live by our code of ethics. Without these ethics we are merely brutes with dangerous skills. Ethics help us understand the value of being a guardian.
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