In this course, we will be presenting you with information that is not only necessary to understand, but also will empower you to become more compassionate and aware of the role you have as an instructor in the lives of your students. When diving into the discussion of ethics, it is important to understand all the components and the role instructors have in ensuring that all GB team members absorb and learn to operate with the GB Ethics Framework as their primary reference for moral decision making.
For example, imagine for a moment that you are a school owner who has a professional disagreement with one of your employees. This professional disagreement leads to the eventual termination of the employee.
Would the termination of the employee mean that they are no longer eligible for employment at another GB School? We will revisit this ethical dilemma in this course to consider all the factors that could determine how this situation could be handled ethically.
The structure of this course will have 5 modules.
Module 1 will be an introduction to GB Ethics, GB Ethical Framework, and common ethical dilemmas faced by GB team members. Here we will also discuss virtues of a Martial Artist, which we are, and how those virtues contribute to GB Ethics.
Next is Module 2, where we will define the GB Honor Code, based on our 3 core values of Brotherhood, Integrity, and Development. The GB Honor Code compels us to be a good person, not because it brings us success, but because it also brings success to others. That is the way of the Warrior; the Bushido.
Next, in Module 3, we will cover our GB Codes of Conduct. There are codes of conduct for every team member from school owner to student. As instructors we operate with the warrior archetype, but we are not in the military and not going to WAR every day. We are teachers in a classroom full of individuals who put their trust in our hands. We must be intentional in our actions, and reactions, to situations within our school, and we must recognize that how we do this is as important as what we do.
Module 4 will cover our plan for conflict resolution. We will be covering Gracies Barra’s plan to handle situations when there are conflicting values between parties which cause ethical dilemmas to occur. This will be a conflict resolution path that is focused on which method of conflict resolution will serve the situation the best. The goal will be to ensure that when a conflict occurs, the process of resolution allows the parties to become more enlightened and better prepared to make the right decisions, generating the optimal outcome for themselves and those affected by their choices.
Module 5 will be the final group of lessons and it will cover how to take intention into action. This will cover GB Ethics as a method of risk mitigation and some decision making strategies to help when dilemmas arise. There will be some educational material on the nature of when people violate rules or when violence occurs so that we can see the signs early before conflict escalates. And finally, we will outline the reporting concerns process that we are implementing that will allow for transparency for all stakeholders.
Why does this matter to me?
If you are an instructor, school owner, or are just passionate enough about GB to want to take the ICP course, you already sense the honor code that we live by at Gracie Barra. This course allows us to reach farther and deeper into the Gracie Barra Experience (GBX) and ensure that we teach Jiu-Jitsu for Everyone, keeping focused on a student-centered approach. We can focus on being archetypal warriors for organizational growth and empowerment, making the mats a safe place to train that truly can include all people.