To Be Sincere and Honest

Once again, the dojo kun reaches into every aspect of our lives. Being a martial artist isn’t just about kicking the hardest or throwing the most powerful punch. It is so much more than that. Ask yourself this. Are you sincere and honest? Not just sometimes but in every aspect of your life. Each day I strive to be as sincere and honest as possible with all I meet and I do that to be a good human being, and the best black belt I can be.

Personally, I think humility is tied into this part of the dojo kun and being humble is an aspect of the martial arts which isn’t talked about enough in my opinion. Humility and sincerity go hand in hand. We’ve all seen them – the black belts who have to show off before or after class, trying to impress others. Especially the junior students. Look at me, their antics scream as they cavort about on the training floor. What lesson are you teaching if you do that? Certainly not humility and I’d hazard a guess that the black belt isn’t sincere and honest, either.

Being a black belt means always being on the path to learn. Sure, we teach what we’ve learned to others, but we don’t brag about how much we know. Humility and sincerity of spirit keep us in check, reminding us how much we still have to learn. If the show off were being honest, he or she wouldn’t be so braggadocious.

So many parents put their children into the martial arts to learn how to throw punches. I wish more understood the qualities karate instills into them. Qualities that will carry them through their lives, setting them apart from others. I’m proud to say all five of my children trained and learned the most important things. To be sincere. To be honest. To be humble. Being a good person is the key to a great life. At least, that’s what I think.

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