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How Humility is an Important Character trait in the Martial Arts and Everyday Life!

I wanted to take some time today in order to discuss one of our most important Character traits At Yi’s Karate, Humility. Often times many individuals tend to think having Humility is a sign of weakness. Those individuals could not be further from the truth. Today I will go into a little more detail how having humility is an important character trait to have, and how training in Tang Soo Do can help create and cultivate this trait.

While martial arts often focus on physical skills, the philosophy and mental aspects are equally essential. Here are some ways to cultivate humility in the practice of Tang Soo Do:

  1. It helps us to have respect for Others: Martial arts emphasizes respect for instructors, fellow practitioners, and opponents. Treat everyone with courtesy, regardless of their skill level or rank. Recognize that everyone has their own journey and strengths.
  2. Embrace the Beginner’s Mindset: Adopt a mindset of continuous learning, even as you progress in your martial arts journey. Approach each training session with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to learn from anyone, regardless of their experience.
  3. Accept Constructive Criticism: Be open to receiving feedback from your instructors and training partners. Listen attentively to their advice, acknowledge your mistakes, and work on improving. Embrace the idea that there is always room for growth.
  4. Learn from Defeat: Losing or being bested in sparring or competitions is an opportunity for growth. Rather than becoming discouraged or defensive, view defeats as valuable learning experiences. Analyze what went wrong and use that knowledge to refine your skills.
  5. Help Others Succeed: Tang Soo Do is not just about personal progress; it’s also about building a supportive community. Offer assistance to fellow practitioners, especially those who are new or struggling. Share your knowledge and experiences generously.
  6. It Helps us to maintain a Humble Attitude: Avoid boasting or seeking validation through comparison with others. Stay grounded and focus on your own progress. Remember that martial arts is a lifelong journey, and there will always be someone more skilled than you.
  7. Practice Self-Reflection: Take time to reflect on your own strengths and weaknesses honestly. Cultivate self-awareness and strive to improve your weaknesses while appreciating your strengths. Humility comes from understanding oneself.
  8. Serve Others: Engage in acts of service related to your martial arts practice. Offer to assist in teaching beginner classes, participate in community events, or help organize tournaments. Giving back to the Tang Soo Do community fosters humility and gratitude.

Many of our students who are working towards getting their Black Belts at our academy work to develop this important trait from the first day of training. Check out one of our podcasts here and here that focuses in more on the importance of Humility in our art.

Remember, humility is not about thinking less of yourself but rather about having a realistic and humble view of your abilities while respecting and valuing others. By cultivating humility, you not only enhance your martial arts journey but also develop important life skills that extend beyond the training mat.

If you are interested in learning and developing this important character trait, schedule a free lesson at our academy! Give us a call at 856-405-0008.

Mr. Lee MSW

3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor

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