Humility: "A modest view of one's own importance"
We love the description that Valerie Worthington wrote in her article 'The Gentle Art Of Humility: Ego And Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu': In jiu-jitsu, humility should flow through every interaction on the mat, simultaneously communicating respect, healthy self-esteem, and a willingness to defer to others.
What are some ways you can exemplify humility at your gym?
Always shake hands before and after a roll
Respect everyone, instructors and students alike
Tap early, tap often to avoid injury
Acknowledge your partner's progress
Be a good partner and don't give resistance unless asked to
Focus on improvement, not how many times you can tap your partner
Don't attack an injured body part of your training partner
Bow on and off the mats and always ask permission to leave the mat area
Train for yourself and not to please anyone else
Have a positive attitude and be open to learning from those around you