The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines humility as “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble,” but I think that it means more than just thinking you are not better than others. To me, humility is being able to understand that there is always going to be someone who is better at something. No matter how smart, fast, or strong you think you are, there is always someone else that can do what you can do and more.
Being humble is not only knowing that you are not the best, but also accepting that fact. There are plenty of people who will say that they know there are others who can do something better than them, but then when it comes to actually making decisions they will be unable to see anything but their own suggestions. They’re often the ones that can’t see anything from other people’s perspectives, and are very narrowminded.
But those who have humility are able to see not only the flaws in what they do, but also the positives in what others do. They are not too proud to shy away from change, and compromise with others easily.
Humility is one of the most important characteristics a black belt can have. They cannot think that they are better than others just because they have a black belt; that is only one characteristic, and anyone that they are comparing themselves to is probably better in another aspect. While sparring, they have to be aware that they are not unbeatable, and that more often than not, losing can teach you more than winning ever will.