On Whether It’s Good to List Mar­tial Arts Ac­com­plish­ments on Your Re­sume

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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.

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