Through my experiences in martial arts and karate over the years, it has led me to develop the following creed, which is at the heart of Lee Taylor Karate inside and outside of the Dojo:-
STRENGTH, RESPECT, HUMILITY, GENEROSITY
The following is an explanation of the terms, but students can apply their own interpretations.
Strength - Tsuyosa
In some context, this can mean ability, force, physical strength, capability, influence and character
Respect - Sonchou
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you.
Humility - Kenkyo
Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don’t expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.
Generosity - Kanyou
Generosity is giving and sharing. You share freely, not with the idea of receiving something in return. You find ways to give others happiness, and give just for the joy of giving. Generosity is one of the best ways to show love and friendship.