As the Rank Test results arrived at the weekend, I have spent the week handing out new belts. It’s so wonderful to see all the new colours…

Before conducting the presentations I always explain the process: When your name is called, answer loudly and step forward. Accept the belt and certificate with both hands and bow. Turn and bow to the class. Wait until all belts have been handed out until changing yours.

“But why must I accept with two hands?”

Simple, aside from it being general etiquette, in many ways this simple act represents everything that we are trying to attain within our training. By accepting with two hands I invest one hundred percent of myself into this simple act. I am mindful. My power is concentrated. I am totally present.

Why must I accept with two hands?