Friday, April 4, 2014

D is for Discipline

This post is about discipline, and the amount of discipline that we learn here being students at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School. With our rigorous academic course and certified teachers and room for academic recovery, we can learn life skills, and how to manage ourselves and deal with our problems and emotions in a healthy strong positive manner as hard-working young adults.

D is for Discipline
Discipline is a part of our life here at Cedar Ridge from the time that we wake up until the time that we go to bed. Discipline is shown through our daily routine with the fact that you wake up at a certain time, you go to bed at a certain time, and you eat at a certain time. There is a time and place for everything, and anything outside of that time and place will result in a consequence whether it is a natural consequence or a teaching interaction through Cedar Ridge. We learn a great deal of discipline, and self-discipline through everything that we do from karate, basketball, school, and our daily lives and routines.

We learn great self-discipline through the amount of karate that we do, some of us do karate 5 days a week while some others do 3 days. More importantly with at least spending the hour a day that we do in karate it helps in teaching us mindfulness and self-discipline in all that we do. We learn practical applications for the discipline we need in our lives to survive as people and adults. Karate teaches discipline through what we call katas, which is a formally set up pattern that must be done. The katas must not only be done well, but we have to be mindful of our surroundings along with our full range of motion with each strike and defense.  Basketball is another great place where we learn the discipline it takes to be a great player and the self-discipline it takes to put your 110% out on the court at all times.

Practicing kata as a class
We learn discipline through our coaches and through our game. The discipline with our coaches is enforced in practice that each lay-up missed is a “down and back” drill. You don’t talk back or be disrespectful to your coaches, you respect your teammates, but most importantly you respect yourself. Also, you learn a great deal of self-discipline through playing ball itself. You have to learn to control the court and every move on it when you are out there whether you are on defense or offense. On defense you need to watch the ball, cover your zone, and even stay with your man. You have to learn to control your temper when you get fouled going for the board, or taking a cheap shot going up for your lay-up, and the refs don’t call it. You have to learn the self-discipline to hold your temper, and to play your best no matter what happens.

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