Courtesy can be defined as excellence of manners or social conduct, or polite behavior. Manners can be described as a persons outward bearing or a way of speaking to and treating others. The word polite can mean behaving in a way that is socially correct and shows awareness of and caring for other people’s feelings.

Courtesy or courteousness is also similar to nobleness, generosity, and benevolence. Noble means having high moral qualities or ideals proceeding from, characteristic of, indicating or displaying, greatness of character. Generosity implies a warmhearted readiness to give and benevolence is a disposition to do good or a desire to promote the happiness of others.

In the dojo; courtesy, good manners, and polite behavior indicate a readiness to learn and a willingness to share what is learned with others. Courtesy also indicates the proper spirit necessary to be allowed to learn advanced techniques.