Here are some things a student might do when he or she is promoted:
- Thank your Sensei and seniors for teaching you.
- Practice even harder, in all aspects of your life.
- Help your juniors even more.
- Don't talk about it.
And remember that if the student has the requisite skill, the promotion is simply a recognition of that fact. If the student is skilled, the promotion will not change that. If the student is not skilled, a promotion will not remedy that. Skill comes from hard work only, not pieces of paper.
As an instructor, I am always curious to see how a student reacts when he is promoted. How he reacts will reflect why he is practicing Karate.
- If the student thanks his Sensei and seniors, then the promotion reflects his sense of gratitude.
- If the student trains even harder, then the promotion reflects his desire to train.
- If the student helps his juniors even more, then the promotion reflects his love the art and compassion for his fellow students.
- If the student promptly or shortly quits, he was seeking the promotion itself rather than training himself.
- If the student talks about it, then the promotion might reflect a sense of insecurity or desire for attention.
And don't forget that an attacker on the street won't know and won't care about your rank. Neither will a falling tree, a hurricane, a flood, or other natural disaster.
Charles C. Goodin