Here is a fun article linked to by Pedro Bernardy – Ten Commandments of Karate, by Sensei Jesse Enkamp
It addresses a common misconception – karate is not religion.
I remember when I first started training at age 8, many classmates thought karate was some sort of cult where you become a mindless violence machine. Where did that perception come from? The Fake News Media of course. Karate is nothing like this.
Here are a few of my favorite “commandments” from the article.
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Rank
Your rank isn’t a competition. You shouldn’t be threatened by someone reaching or passing your rank. Your rank is about you, just like a fellow student’s rank is about that student.
Thou Shalt Embrace All Parts of Karate
You need to work on all parts of karate and participate in all drills. If you aren’t so strong in, say, sparring, you don’t get to sit out. You’ll never get better by focusing only on your strengths.
Thou Shalt Never Be Afraid of Progress
Gaining a new rank is great! But it also means that change is ahead. You will begin learning new techniques & forms that you may not be familiar with, and you’ll feel like a beginner. Eventually, you’ll get into a new class, where you’ll line up at the end of the ranks instead of the beginning. You’ll feel like a newbie all over again.
That’s OK! All you need to do is try your best. This is the only way to grow.
Give the full list a read through. You’ll find some other ones that are interesting, and some cool images as well!