12. Do they promote no first attack?
Great karate clubs and Martial Arts Clubs have the ethos that you are there to learn how to fight and defend yourself first, so that you can then learn how NOT to fight! In other words, “the best fight is NO fight”.
It’s easy to pick a fight or allow yourself to get into a fight, but it’s much harder to have the will-power, mental strength and communication skills to stay out of a fight or to stop a fight.
Real strength is mental strength. As such, real strength is being able to walk away from verbal abuse. Reacting to it, means the abuser is winning or has won.
This is where the importance of ‘no first attack promotion’ comes into play.