Thursday, April 11, 2019


By Kyle Feagans, 2nd dan
Martial arts black belt practicing blocks on a log over water

Definition of Modesty:

The quality of not being too prod o confident about yourself or your abilities – by Merriam Webster

Definition of Arrogance:

An attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions – by Merriam Webster

How can modesty help one in their daily life?  While there is nothing wrong in being proud, excited, passionate and confident about your accomplishments or your goals, it is important to exercise modesty in one’s successes.  Exercising modesty in success shows true understanding that those achievements were not solely attained on your own merits…that the support of friends and family was needed too.   CTI Martial Artists understand that this through success in learning basic and advanced punching, blocking, striking and kicking techniques.  The enhancement of this knowledge is realized through the progression of and achievement of each belt on their way to black belt and beyond.

Modesty is a key ingredient in developing relationships with friends, family and co-workers.  It is exciting and fascinating to hear about the successes of others when there is a sense of modesty involved.  Most of us already know and understand that it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice and effort on our end to achieve our goals and these same disciplines were exercised by those who helped us.  Modesty can be a challenging characteristic.

In today's society, accomplishments are indicators of one’s character and they show a desire to gain knowledge and advance in understanding.  It is good to talk about, to communicate our accomplishments with others, and if done in the right way, could be the cause of inspiration for someone to persevere through that very same obstacle in the way of their own goal!

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