On Whether It’s Good to List Martial Arts Accomplishments on Your Resume
Matt Stockeland: My martial arts background is my work resume. I have studied martial arts for over 25 years, in the Army and in professional security. Now I run my own security company and karate school, and I teach at a taekwondo school. This is my resume. Natasha Murdoch Bridgen: My son is a 15-year-old �irst-degree black belt, Canadian bronze medalist in three divisions and off to his �irst world championship this summer. Oh, and he is testing for his second degree this fall (�ingers crossed). He’s in his 10th year in martial arts and at the age where he doesn’t like to talk about the sport to anyone outside the sport — doesn’t want to seem “braggy.” I’ve told him to put his karate experience on his resume and to de�initely put karate on his university application when the time comes. Commitment, hard work, grit, determination and passion are all things employers look for — good employers, that is. Benjamin Caine: A former supervisor once recommended I put martial arts on my resume in the future. He said it shows commitment and that, when things get dif�icult, I have experience sticking it out and following through. Joseph Olaya: Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Being on an interview board, I’ve seen applications rejected due to people’s ignorance and stereotypes about martial artists. There is a lot of skepticism about martial artists. Unless you own your own school, I don’t see how any of the points apply. Christine Marie: I do. It shows discipline and perseverance. Lance Scott: Oh, yeah. Shows dedication. And a lifestyle you lead.