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Word of the month: Courtesy

When parents sign their children up for martial arts classes very often they’re looking for a healthy activity that will also teach their kids respect. And karate certainly does that. But at Douvris Martial Arts we put a lot of emphasis on courtesy as well.

And no, they’re not the same thing.

As Sensei Cody Diesbourg explains, respect is something that is earned. Someone earns the respect of other people by treating them in a respectful manner. But courtesy, he says, “is something you give to everyone regardless of if you like them or not.”

“Just being nice to others,” Sensei Cody says, “can help improve the way you learn and the way you feel throughout your day and the way you tackle any kind of obstacle that comes your way, whether it’s in martial arts, at home or at school.”