Respect in the Dojang

The martial arts world is widely known for its heavy emphasis on respect towards the instructors, fellow students, and oneself. At Middleburg Martial Arts and Ripple Effect Martial Arts, this is no different! Respect is an integral part of our class environment and is necessary for a healthy atmosphere in the dojang.

Respect becomes an outside sign of an inwards reality and is cultivated in every student. Students will receive positive reinforcement through their instructors on their shows of respect in the dojang. This positive reinforcement creates a consistency of respect both on the mats and at home!

Some prime examples of the importance of respect in MMA and REMA are in saying “yes sir” “no sir” “yes ma’am” or “no ma’am” while in class. These words become a habit that the students begin to practice everywhere because of the positive emphasis placed on respect in the dojang.

Students are also expected to show respect to the dojang and mats by bowing before they enter or leave the area. This is another outward sign of an inwards reality – it allows the student to adopt the mindset of openness and learning while training. The bow creates a necessary division between the dojang and the world and allows the students clarity on the proper time and place to utilize their martial art skills.

Additionally, students are required to bow to instructors when an instructor has helped them, when students need to ask permission to leave the mats during class if necessary, or during the beginning and dismissal of classes. This is a courtesy that signifies the instructor’s role in the student’s formation and the student’s desire to focus on training towards their highest selves.

There are many other forms of respect that are practiced while in the dojang, such as speaking in turn, storing gear in their proper places, following directions promptly, and general use of manners. The instructors at MMA and REMA strive to incorporate this into their own lives and are true role models for their students. They become products of the product and strive to provide positive reinforcement and guidance where needed in their class.

Respect is an integral part of any martial artist’s life. At Middleburg Martial Arts and Ripple Effect Martial Arts, a particular emphasis is placed on respect as it is a life skill that will serve every student both on the mats and in the real world. has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts school in Jacksonville, FL since it was started!

The school is located at 2360 Blanding Blvd. Middleburg, FL 32068. Middleburg Martial Arts teaches Tang Soo Do based on the systems developed by Grandmaster Shin and the World Tang Soo Do Association. For more information, visit:

Middleburg Martial Arts starts lessons at age 4 and puts a strong emphasis on character and success skill development, including: focus, discipline, respect, confidence, leadership, and more!

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About Master Jan Lappin: 5th-degree Master Jan Lappin, a Middleburg resident, founded Middleburg Martial Arts in 2001. She has a background in and a degree in Psychology from University of Florida. She has been teaching martial arts since the 70’s, and recently published her book on the Leadership curriculum taught at Middleburg Martial Arts, you can find it on Amazon

2nd location in Fleming Island, FL: 4th-degree Master Rachael Macy founded their affiliate school, Ripple Effect Martial Arts located at 1851 Golden Eagle Way, Unit 44. Fleming Island, Fl 32003. For more information, visit:

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