Hey everyone. This topic has been floating around my mind quite a bit. What role does Failure play in Martial Arts? To me, Failure can be a powerful teaching too as well as a motivator if used correctly. It seams though that for many schools and teachers, failure is becoming taboo and seen as little more then detrimental to a student's self-confidence. I certainly know that this is true in many cases, but I feel there is more to it. Could it be said that not letting a student experience failure is also detrimental to their view of their actual ability or to their level of humility? Especially when based on poor performance/effort, lack of knowledge of curriculum and poor attitude, I feel that letting a student experience "success" when it just hasn't been earned based off their personal abilities can be a terrible message to send to a student. Failure in a test or even in a simple challenge is integral in anyone's training. I'd love to hear your thought on the matter and trade some insights. Thanks.