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What Impresses Me Most?

What impresses me most when I meet a Karate student? Sincere politeness.

I don't mean mere attention to the details of courtesy and protocol. Anyone can do that -- even fake that. I am talking about sincere politeness -- courtesy that is motivated by humility.

I am not impressed by rank, titles, awards, or even great kata or fighting skills. Without sincere politeness, those things are meaningless or at best are very shallow. And I've meet some very high ranking people who were pretty full of... well, themselves.

Sincerity, honesty, humility, politeness, respectfulness, courtesy -- these are impressive.


Charles C. Goodin