Positive reinforcement word Discipline engrained in a rock

Discipline means different things to different people. Some believe that discipline means adhering to a strict schedule. Others believe discipline is following a set of rules put forth by one’s parents or society. Yet others believe discipline is all about following a strict diet and exercising regularly.


At Basches Martial Arts, Sensei Basche is very clear about his definition of discipline. To him, there are four types of discipline: Spiritual Discipline, Physical Discipline, Emotional Discipline, and the Discipline of Balance.


Spiritual Discipline means putting God first. Sensei encourages his students to pray regularly, accept God’s guidance, and rely on Him for help. God has a plan. Sometimes life throws some unexpected punches or does not follow human plans, but God is always there for guidance. Students are encouraged to repeat “God is with me. God is helping me. God is guiding me.”


Some students may not pray, and that is ok. All are welcome. All students are encouraged to repeat positive affirmations. “Every day I am getting better and better. Every day I am getting stronger and stronger.” It is important for each student to believe he/she can do it. Every great endeavor starts with the faith that it can be done.


Physical Discipline means eating right and sweating every day. It is ok to have a treat sometimes, but a person’s diet should consist primarily of fruits and vegetables. A person should add more protein if he/she participates in a lot of physical activity. Sensei also preaches the importance of sweating every day. A person who works out can’t help but to feel good. Physical activity strengthens the body, boosts a person’s mood, increases focus and makes one more able to complete other activities.


Emotional Discipline is a very important, but often overlooked discipline. Sensei is known to repeat the mantra “In life it is inside out not outside in.” This means that negative things will happen. It is part of life, but the important part is not internalizing that negative energy. Someone may be cut off in traffic or a coworker may say an unkind thing. A kid may witness another kid being bullied at school. It is the job of the martial artist not to externalize positive energy. An emotionally disciplined individual will not let bad traffic ruin his/her day, will not retaliate meanly, and will not jump in on the bullying to make him/herself look better.


The emotionally disciplined individual will project positivity outward in a negative situation. He/she will wish the rude driver a good day, speak kindly to the unfriendly coworker, and stand up for the kid who is being bullied. Adding negativity to negativity does not make things better. Projecting positivity in all situations is the mark of an emotionally disciplined person.


The Discipline of Balance refers to a person’s environment. If the world around a person is in balance, then the person is balanced. Sensei encourages leading a simple life. An individual needs one pen, one notebook, one pair of sandals etc. A person’s living space should be clean. Nothing out of order. If a person’s surroundings are a mess, the mess will become internalized. An organized environment is a peaceful environment.


Sensei repeats his philosophy of balance regularly so that all students understand the principles of discipline. Sensei also follows these guidelines. He would not expect his students to adhere to disciplines he does not strictly follow himself –  Spiritual Discipline, Physical Discipline, Emotional Discipline and the Discipline of

The Four Disciplines