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COURTESY is the
behavior that comes from a respectful attitude. Respect is the attitude
that stems from humility. Each student must recognize how much there is to
learn and that it is necessary to have someone teach the way. It is
respect that will enable the student to be open to learning that comes
from the instructor and from the deep places in the heart from where
spirituality is nourished. This is why we bow to my instructor ; this is
why we bow as we enter and leave the dojang ; this is why we bow to
ourselves whenever we practice alone before the wall of mirrors in the
dojang or in our basement.
INTEGRITY is the
completeness one attains from adhering to a code of values, I.e.
sincerity, honesty and loyalty towards oneself and others. Wrong doing can
lead to a path of personal deceit and destruction and the feeling of guilt
is the conscious mind allowing one to see the error of his ways.
is the nectar of sweat that yields the honey of accomplishment. The
martial arts are a lifelong venture. This venture can be begun by the
timid ; but it can only be continued by those who discover perseverance
within themselves. This quality can be learned as long as the student
simply says "one more try." Perseverance means that one has learned the
art of living with adversity while still keeping one’s sights on goals.
mastery over one’s behavior, is a vital component in the maturing process.
So many children have benefited from their experience with martial arts
because they have learned self-control. This enables them to direct their
energies in creative ways as attaining better grades in school, more
respect and acceptance of responsibility from teachers and parents, and
develops a circle of friends based on the positive human values of
gentleness and caring rather than rowdiness or intimidation.
is the will to do one’s best with all one has, against even the most
insurmountable odds. It reflects a personal desire to achieve, through
setting goals and living with the results, and resetting goals with the
values appreciated through failures.
In the final analysis, it is these five qualities of spirit that will
keep the martial artist on the mountain of life, regardless of the body’s
physical limitations the years bring forth. To develop and to cherish
these qualities and then to practice them, will enable the martial artist
to face any and all terrain on the mountain of life where family, work,
leisure, friendship and spirituality flow like streams into a lake,
running over with water for everything living.
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