The Habit of Courtesy
Posted: February 13, 2018
Champions practice being courteous because they understand that Martial Arts begins and ends with respect. Black Belt manners and courtesy is like a code of conduct amongst quality Martial Artist.
However, it must be practiced daily on and off the mats. Whenever you greet someone, be the first to offer your hand for a polite greeting and look them in the eye as you express your respect and appreciation.
Kids are taught early to be courteous and to have good manners. Often times the simple and important lessons we learn early in life need to be repeated and even relearned.
Demonstrating Black Belt manners and courtesy is a positive life lesson and one of our principles for becoming a high quality Black Belt.
It is one of the very first things you learn when you begin training in the Martial Arts. It also separates us from most other activities. It’s also lacking in much of society today.
Being courteous and respectful is a great way to make a strong first and lasting impression on others. It is a behaviour and quality that will benefit any relationship, personal or professional.
Saying “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU”, looking someone in the eyes during conversation, these are all subtle and proper ways to show Black Belt manners and demonstrate courtesy.