Last month, Mr. Aldus wrote a great piece about a student testing for black belt who received encouragement from his karateka. His inspirational story directly translates to a piece we introduce this month about respect.
“I value rei above all else,” Mr. Aldus said. “Rei is simply defined as respect. I appreciate Master Gichin Funakoshi’s concept of rei. As Master Funakoshi states in his treatise, The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate, “Karate-Do begins and ends with rei.”
Rei means much more than respect. It encompasses both an attitude of respect for others and a sense of self-esteem. When those who honor themselves transfer that feeling of honor and esteem-that is, respect to others, their action is nothing less than an expression of rei.”
Master Funakoshi also goes on to state,
It should be also noted that although a person’s deportment may be correct, without a sincere and reverent heart they do not possess true rei. True rei is the outward expression of a sincere heart.
“All martial arts begin and end with rei. Unless they are practiced with a feeling of reverence and respect, they are simply forms of violence.”
In addition to rei, Mr. Aldus also lists other aspects of the martial arts that are important to him: “friends I have met during my journey in the martial arts, the students with whom I had the privilege and honor in sharing knowledge passed down to me and the benefits to my health – physically, psychologically and spiritually.”
Having learned what a martial arts practitioner of more than 40 years values most about the martial arts, what about you? What do you value the most?