Courtesy means treating other people with kindness and consideration.
Courtesy is important in martial arts, because Martial Arts is all about respect.
Showing courtesy is treating people with respect.
It’s been said before that you can tell a lot about a person by how he treats those
who are least important to him. Think about this. If President Obama or Tom Brady (or
anyone famous) walked through the door, how would you treat them? You would
probably go out of your way to show them that you think they are important.
What about someone who’s not as famous or important? What about the people we
see every day? How do you treat them? You should treat them with the same level of
respect and courtesy. Why? Because that’s what being a Black Belt is all about. It’s
treating everyone with courtesy and consideration
Here is a story for you to think about.
One day, there was a New York businessman who was running late for work. As
he rushed to catch the train, he noticed a homeless man selling pencils at a table. In his
frenzy, he dropped a dollar into the cup and hurriedly stepped aboard the subway train.
On the second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked over to the homeless
man and took several pencils from the cup. Apologetically, he explained that in his haste
he had neglected to pick up his pencils, and he hoped the man wouldn’t be upset with
him. “After all,” he said. “You are a business man just like myself. You have
merchandise to sell, and it’s fairly priced.” He then caught the next train.At a social convention a
few months later, a neatly dressed salesman stepped up to the businessman an introduced himself.
“You probably don’t remember me, and I don’t know your name but I will never forget you. You are
the man who gave me back myself-respect. I was a ‘beggar’ selling pencils until you came along
and told me I was a business person.”
The New York businessman treated the homeless man with dignity and respect.
That’s what we mean when we talk about black belt courtesy. It’s being the type of
person that treats everyone with courtesy.
Can you imagine what kind of world this would be if everyone acted that way
toward each other?