Black Belt Principle #1: Modesty
We all recite the Principles of Black Belt on a regular basis when teaching or training. What we sometimes need to remember is that the meanings behind these words are what is most important.
MODESTY - to be humble with your talent and skills
As martial artists, we are constantly playing with a double-edged sword. One side is instilling belief and building our self-esteem and overall confidence, while the other side is controlling our ego and avoiding becoming overconfident.
It is a good habit to compliment others and talk about other people’s positive aspects versus bragging about yourself. Take pride in yourself and believe in your potential, yet avoid being self-centered and conceited. When paid a compliment, always accept it with gratitude and humble appreciation. Be driven to be your best rather than overly concerned with being the best. When we compete with ourselves, there is always a winner. When you compare yourself to others, it is easy to allow your ego to interfere.