Above: Training mates shaking hands following a tough sparring round for Grading
"Humility comes with the realization that though we can make our bodies strong, we always remain relatively weak.
Man is one of the weakest members of all the animal kingdom and we are subject to all kinds of diseases and bodily ailments. Age is an opponent that none of us can be victorious against.
So, when one walks around either in the dojo or outside the dojo with a jaunty air of overconfidence, that person displays an ignorance of life and of himself. Excessive loudness, bragging, disrespect and bullying are all attributes of the person who lacks humility.
We strive to make our spirits and characters strong. This strength, when combined with the virtue of humility, leads to the 'bushido' spirit."
~ excerpt from 'Karate: Technique & Spirit' by Tadashi Nakamura