Those who deserve respect seldom seek it.
Those who seek respect seldom deserve it.
In Karate, it is easy to become distracted by rank, titles and awards. I know some very well known Karate instructors. I also know some who are not known at all. My greatest respect goes to the instructors who wholeheartedly teach their students, often for little or no money, often in obscurity.
I am impressed when I meet a well known instructor who is down to earth. I am impressed when I meet an unknown instructor who teaches at the highest level. I am impressed when I meet a sincere and dedicated student -- of any art, of any level.
Respect is something you have to earn each and every day. If you seek it, you're missing the point. Just do good.
Charles C. Goodin