In PART 1 also, we've mentioned that the Ashihara school abides by a set of 6 Dojo Kun.
The Mentality of Etiquette
"礼節" (Romanji: reisetsu) is actually more accurately translated as "etiquette".
While we often associate etiquette with actions of social graciousness (e.g. bowing, greeting, smiling, etc.) the essence of etiquette lies in realizing that we all exist alongside other people and many other elements in our environment.
The way we interact with the people around us and the environment we exist in causes a reaction- usually, a smile begets a smile, a handshake is returned with a handshake, an insult calls for a punch, etc.
In other words, cause and effect.
Realizing this cause and effect is called, being 'respectful'.
Knowing how to appropriately interact with the environment around us, that's what we refer to as 'etiquette'.
Above: Interaction between instructors from various clubs during K-CON 2017. Photo credits to Robin Choo
In the interest of self-preservation, preventing escalation to violence is undoubtedly the best option and it begins with first knowing how to appropriately interact with your environment.
And that begins with treating yourself and the world around you with RESPECT.
Physical Practice of Etiquette (in the Dojo)
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To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
Hence, to fight and conquer in all your battles in not supreme excellence,
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
~ Sun Tu, Art of War