Courtesy, the first of the five tenets of Taekwon-do, is perhaps the most important quality in a martial artist’s life. Unfortunately, people sometimes have the wrong idea of what this word truly means. Most time people are only courteous to those they know and like or when they want something in return. To me this is a very incomplete definition of the word. Courtesy is when you show kindness, gratitude, respect and appreciation for oneself and others regardless of who they are or how important they are to you. Showing courtesy doesn’t have to be something big. It can be as simple as smiling at a total stranger and wishing them to have a great day. It can be as simple as holding the door open for an elderly person. It is the basic human nature of politeness and respect to all people. It is this skill that guides a Taekwon-do practitioner and guards them from using their skills for any evil end. At Silver Lining Taekwon-do, courtesy is at the core of who we are and what we teach our students. Always be kind, polite and nice to others. Simply follow the golden rule and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Be your best.