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4 – Integrity – The Tongue In Your Shoe

Integrity is number four on my list of eight key black belt virtues. All eight virtues are developed through the proper practice of martial arts (perhaps another topic of discussion in of itself) and add up to the development of good character and black belt excellence. Integrity, however, is possibly the virtue that needs most […]

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3 – Courtesy

Courtesy – can be described as the act of politeness. Synonyms in martial arts terms are etiquette and respect. The very first item on a WKSA grading form is a box with the words ‘YEA EUE’inside. This means martial arts etiquette, a code of conduct for the martial artist.It’s placement there on the form is […]

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2 – Modesty

MODESTY reveals DIGNITY

Modesty – being humble, not being cocky or over confident. What’s the difference between confidence and cockiness? – It’s good to be confident because we have to believe we can be successful in whatever we do. – Being cocky or arrogant isn’t a belief you can succeed; it’s a belief that you are better than […]

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The 8 Qualities of Black Belt Excellence

Honesty, modesty, courtesy, integrity, high moral code, courage, perseverance and indomitable spirit.   I will give talks on these from time to time in class; especially to the juniors. It is my personal opinion that these 8 qualities are an absolute must in any martial arts black belt. I’m not talking just about Kuk Sool […]

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