One of the key elements and benefits of the martial arts training for all who participate in it is the improvement of one’s self-discipline. Certainly this ability to control one’s self, especially one’s conduct, has been particularly helpful in my life, as I am sure it has in the lives of all who are familiar with it. Karate is one of the few “sports” in which the weight of competition is placed solely ion the individual. One can be coached along the way, but when it comes down to the wire, the only thing standing in the way of accomplishment in one’s self. With this mind set, it is really no wonder that the act of coaching or disciplining one’s self has become central to the martial arts.