Creed & Affirmations

The American Institute of Kenpo starts all classes with our Creed and Affirmations which is documented here for our students to study. It is our belief that a moral counterbalance is needed to govern the potential brutality that can be the result of martial knowledge recklessly put into action. Our creed and affirmations lays a foundation for this moral counterbalance.

Overview

The Instructor Says:

Face our flag and show respect

 

The Students Reply With:

Spirit

Honor

Discipline

Oos!!!

 

The Instructor Says:

The three goals of training

 

The Students Reply With:

Honesty in the Heart

Knowledge in the Mind

Strength in the Body

 

The Instructor Says:

The L.A.W.S. of the Scholar & Warrior

 

The Students Reply With:

Truth

Bravery

Courtesy

Compassion

Sincerity

Discernment

Loyalty

 

The Instructor Says:

Live with honor

 

The Students Reply With:

Whatever it Takes

Until the Last Day

Oos!!!

Explanation

Section 1 - Attitude

Face our flag and show respect

Spirit

Honor

Discipline

Oos!!!

 

In this section we show respect to the American flag and the ideals that it represents with a short bow. We do this because America is built on the shoulders of exceptional individuals. We have the opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world because those individuals chose to stand side by side, uncompromisingly, for individual rights and liberty. This section is a call to action to all individuals that train with us to cultivate an attitude of exceptionalism.

 

Spirit is used in the context of giving your best energy, enthusiasm, and determination to things of value in life. If you are going to do something you should not engage it with a haphazard mediocre effort. If it is truly of value you should approach it in the most spirited way you can to maximize the potential success and good that will result from your actions.

 

Honor is used in the context of making sure your actions are such that they can be held in high esteem by yourself, your friends, your family, and all venerable individuals.

 

Discipline Is used in the context of being able to maintain control and effort in the face of adversity or lack of motivation when you know it is the right thing to do. Discipline is most important when you know what the right thing to do is and you are struggling to stay the course.

 

Oos is a generic Japanese martial arts term that is a particularly enthusiastic way of saying “YES!”. It is also used to strongly affirm a preceding statement.

Section 2 - Life Goals

The three goals of training

Honesty in the Heart

Knowledge in the Mind

Strength in the Body

 

In this section we establish the foundational principles of life time goals that when adhered to, serve to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

 

Honesty in the Heart refers to telling the truth even if you are the only one that will know. Dishonesty results in personal anxiety, strife, and the destruction of trust between individuals. Dishonesty will ultimately undermine the foundations of any relationships. Though honesty in the moment can be difficult, those that decide to be honest will cultivate the respect and admiration of those they interact with forming valuable life long relationships.

 

Knowledge in the Mind refers to a willingness to always learn new information while always checking your current knowledge against objective reality. Those that believe they know everything stagnate and fail to progress in life. Be a fountain of knowledge that always has room for more water to be added.

 

Strength in the Body refers to keeping your body healthy. Those that are healthy have the potential to truly enjoy life. Avoid participating in activities and partaking in substances which can negatively affect you health. Seek and pursue those activities and partaking in substances that will empower you to be the healthiest you that you can be.

Section 3 - Value Structure

The L.A.W.S. of the Scholar & Warrior

Truth

Bravery

Courtesy

Compassion

Sincerity

Discernment

Loyalty

 

In this section we state the important guiding values that can be implemented to provide the martial artist guidance in order to cultivate honor and integrity within a warrior. Additional information regarding these values can be found here on our website:

Section 4 - Call To Action

Live with honor

Whatever it Takes

Until the Last Day

Oos!!!

 

In this section we find the call to action. The action of living with honor establishes a personal boundary necessary to have a productive ethical life. Within the boundary of living with honor we should do whatever it takes to succeed at those tasks that are productive, beneficial, good, and just.  We should allow nothing to stop us from completing those things that are worthy of achieving. We should strive with all we have, never compromising our beliefs, responsibilities, and most importantly ourselves. It is for us to live every day to the best of our ability until our last day.