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Word of the Month – Responsibility #1


Week 1


“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”
– John Baptiste Moliére, 17th century French playwright


Responsibility for Adults

You have obligations—to your family, your friends, and your co-workers—much the same as anyone. You are responsible for many tasks and responsibilities in different roles and environments. Uncompleted tasks are also your responsibility. A work assignment is a responsibility, and when you complete it, you have fulfilled your responsibility; however, if it is
late, then you really didn’t fulfill your obligation, and you’ll have to answer to the boss. If you forget to thank your spouse for a kind deed, then it is your responsibility, if he or she feels you are ungrateful. Tasks and responsibilities are often more than just what is obvious. It may be difficult, but remember, you are also responsible for the consequences of your actions, not just the actions.

Responsibility for Kids

You have many responsibilities. You must finish your homework on time. You must listen to your teachers and study hard in school. You listen to your parents. You must do your chores each week. As a future Black Belt, you must practice kicks and punches. You must also demonstrate confidence and focus. Being responsible is a great feeling! Others will trust and rely on you. You are also responsible for what you do not do. Don’t do your homework and you may have to stay after school. Don’t do your chores and you may have to sit in your room. Don’t help a friend being bullied and you may lose him as a friend. Be a responsible martial artist. Before you act, remind yourself you are also responsible for what you don’t do.

Action For This Week

  • Children – Do your parents think you are responsible?  Why?
  • Do your friend’s parents think you are responsible?
  • What are two chores at home that are your responsibility?
  • Adults – Who are you responsible for?
  • What are two things you must do to fulfill that responsibility towards those people?


~ C. Matthew White, Renshi and Crabapple Martial Arts Academy has been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for SIX YEARS IN A ROW by the American Budokai International!

Founded in 2013 by Mr. C. Matthew White a 5th degree Black Belt in Karate and 6th degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu, and Master Instructor, Crabapple Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 4-6, and elementary age kids ages 7 and up, are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

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About C. Matthew White, Renshi:  Matt is a fifth-degree black belt in a traditional Japanese and Okinawan Martial Arts – Shuri Ryu Karatedo. He is also a sixth-degree black belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu – Shintoyoshin Kai Jiu Jitsu, and a master instructor with the title of Renshi, which means Scholar in Japanese.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Physiology. He has been training and teaching martial arts for over 27 years and has owned Crabapple Martial Arts Academy since 2013. Renshi White is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.

Crabapple Martial Arts Academy Headquarters is in Alpharetta, Georgia at 12315 Crabapple Road., Suite 124, Alpharetta GA 30004. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Sensei Robert Reed there or directly at (770) 645-0930.