Tolerance: The Other Kind of Courage

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Welcome to Week 2 of Water month on Budo Mountain.  This month is all about learning to adapt, flow and be flexible, like water!  As we teach the kids, flexibility has many meanings.  We can be flexible in our bodies, we can be flexible in how we see ourselves and our current situation, and we can also be flexible when dealing with others.

That brings us to this week’s theme: “Tolerance – The Other Kind of Courage”.  These, days, I mostly hear the term “tolerance” used in a sort of negative context.  People often use it to mean “begrudgingly putting up with someone or something”.  But, tolerance can also mean something really powerful, and we’re bringing that meaning back today.  Tolerance, when it’s used in its best sense, means “Freedom from bigotry. A fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one’s own.”  (  Now, that is the kind of definition that warrants more attention.  This is a kind of tolerance that our world can never get enough of – and right now, it seems, we need it more than ever.

At Budo Mountain, we’re committed to building up and strengthening our student’s tools for learning how to collaborate with and celebrate the diverse outlooks on life that they encounter in the world around them.  We want our students to be able to go anywhere and connect with others, solving life’s interesting problems within diverse social contexts.  To us, this ability defines a true leader.  And we see our school as more than just a place to get a good sweat and learn self protection. Yes, we do these things, as a hands on and interactive means are to educate leaders and to teach tools for tolerance.  Martial arts education teaches courage, and as Helen Keller said, “The highest result of education is tolerance… the other kind of courage.”

In the dojo, we’ll be working on the concept of tolerance through our leadership lessons, and also through emphasizing the importance of seeing things from the other’s perspective.

Below is a list of techniques by class.  All of these classes are available to Budo Mountain members.  Please see the schedule of classes here, and let us know if you’d like to try something you haven’t tried before!

Martial Arts







Koho Kaiten

Koho Ukemi (Break Falls)

Technique 1

Uke – Tori Balance Drills

Technique 2

Wrist Escapes

Kids: Wrist Escapes

Adv. Kids and Up: Omote Gyaku

Technique 3

Rokushaku Bo Kamae

Rokushaku Bo Strikes

  • Cartwheels
  • Front Roll to Back Roll 
  • Macaco


  • Poses that Challenge the Core
  • Balance Poses

Now, we’d love to hear from you!  What qualities do you think define a great leader?  Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

Thanks for reading everyone!

See you in the dojo,

~Sensei Nesta