Can we educate children and teenagers through sport to accept universal values and our differences?
The world has become a global village, multiculturalism and multi-diverse worldviews are colliding with each other in a small area like never before in history. This diversity can be an advantage but it can be a terrible obstacle in our lives. What is it that can make us better?
In all this mixture of cultures, religions, races, worldviews, different abilities and opportunities that each individual has, it is necessary to find something in common that can take us forward without fear. Common to all people are values. All cultures, all religions and all nations know the principles of right and wrong.
Judo, which we know today as a martial art, actually originated as an educational method based on the Jita Kyoei principle. This principle or value is universal. It applies to all cultures, religions, races, to all people and more, it applies to all living beings. Jita Kyoei means "working together to make progress together".
Because values and their hierarchy are very important for "accepting difference" and because they can be significantly influenced by the example of peers and important others, it is very important that trainers and teachers have at least basic knowledge and guidelines on how to behave with respect to their practitioners.