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5. Indomitable Spirit

Master's Message children's class discussion topic of the week.


Indomitable Spirit is the fifth of the nine tenets of Cobra Martial Arts.

Having and indomitable spirit is similar to having perseverance, meaning that you never give up.

However, having an indomitable spirit is more about the strength of your spirit or soul to maintain a positive attitude and courage when faced with difficult situations.

People described as having an indomitable spirit don't need others to motivate them, don't need pats on the back or praise, or external rewards to motivate them, as they have a powerful internal force or strength which comes from within themselves, from their spirit / soul.

Notes for Instructors to help you understand and explain:

The adjective indomitable starts with the Latin prefix in, which means "not." The second part of the word is also from the Latin word domitare, meaning "to tame". Spirit (soul) is the eternal part of you that never dies, exists before you are born and after your body expires. A person with an indomitable spirit has a strong connection to their soul, knows/feels that they are eternal and therefore cannot be tamed, dominated or controlled.

Perseverance and indomitable spirit are two characteristics that are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Perseverance is the act of not giving up, pushing through, and completing something even when it’s difficult or tedious.

Class Drill:

Correct the Instructor

The main instructor calls the assistant instructors to the front of the class and calls out a martial arts stance, exercise or technique for them perform. The assistant instructors at the front demonstrate the technique incorrectly, making multiple mistakes on purpose. The students must adjust the instructor's arms and legs to the correct positions. The students are given a time limit to do this. The main instructor then checks each assistant instructor's technique or posture, one by one, to assess how well the students did with their corrections.



Improves the student's memory of the key teaching points of various martial arts techniques. Teaches and reinforces the key teaching points of various techniques, especially for lower belt level students. Gets the students working as a team. Identifies students who show natural potential for teaching.



Cobra Martial Arts & Fitness Centres - Personal Development Program - 1991.


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