Ms. Karis visits the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City, FL
In February, Ms. Karis had the opportunity to join other martial artists in a tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center in Florida, which is the largest diving facility in the world! What made this tour extra special? It was led by Commanding Officer, Hung Cao!
Did you know that Commander Cao studied martial arts as a child? He says martial arts gave him the discipline and perseverance he needed to accomplish great things! Commander Cao has an amazing life story which you can get a glimpse of in his bio on the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center website.
3000 Yard Swim
During the tour of the Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center, Ms. Karis couldn’t help but notice the extreme respect and attention that all of the students displayed when Commander Cao entered the room. Why did they show him extra respect? It’s because he holds a high rank in the military. He is their superior. As their Commanding Officer, he is in charge of their education and training, their safety, and their promotion to higher ranks. Everyday, he makes decisions that potentially save their lives. A rank like that deserves utmost respect!
Hall of Honor
Why do students bow to their instructors in class?
We bow to show respect!
Your instructors hold a higher rank than you. They have trained for many years and overcome obstacles to achieve their rank. As your superiors, they are in charge of your education and training, your safety, and your promotion to higher ranks. A position like that also deserves utmost respect!
As you know, your instructors also bow to YOU! That is their way of showing respect to you too. One of the things that make martial arts great is the level of respect among students and instructors. Without these traditions, martial arts becomes just a sport. But with these traditions, martial arts becomes a way of life!
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center