Perseverance can be defined as a constant persistence or maintaining a resolute and unyielding attitude in a course of action, purpose, or thought in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Persistence is the quality of being diligent and having endurance in order to overcome obstacles and to remain committed even over a long period of time. Someone with perseverance is steadfast and unwavering with a strong sense of duty. In fact, perseverance requires loyalty and discipline. Without perseverance a student will never achieve advanced levels of learning within the dojo.