Excellent vs Excellence

In Uncategorized by Don Alley

This week our leadership life skill is understanding the difference between excellent and excellence.

Hello, everybody! Years ago, I can remember going into a school and teaching a gymnasium worth of students. One of the questions I asked was, “What does it mean to have excellence?” Invariably, students raised their hand. They were saying things like, “The best, great, perfect.” Excellence has nothing to do with any of those words. Excellence is an attitude where you are willing to always give and try your very best. Excellent is perfection and being great. Often times if you strive to be perfect you end up failing because no one can be perfect and so you get discouraged.

We want to encourage students to pursue the idea of excellence.

We want that every time you show up for class, you’re going to give your absolute best. Your best might not be as good as it was last time, it might be better than it was last time but every time you attend something you try to put your stamp of personal pride on what you’re doing. You push, you strive, you really give it your all. This goes true with your martial arts, this goes true with your school. Our job as your martial arts instructors is to teach you this concept so that from this point forward everything that you do, you put your stamp of pride. You do it with excellence. And guess what- It’s good to struggle.

I want to thank my instructor, Grandmaster Arthur

I think this is probably one of the best lessons that my Grandmaster Arthur ever taught us as students, that even as an adult it carries through. Everything that I attend, everything that I do, I really want to do my absolute best. I might not be perfect but I’m going to give it my all.

With that, come to class this week, train hard, strive and train with excellence. Inquire about private lessons if you need the extra one on one. The good news is that the more excellence that you demonstrate the more perfect, the better your techniques get in general. I hope this helps.

I’ll see you in class soon.

Don Alley
Don Alley is the owner and chief instructor at Super Kicks Karate in Ashburn and Leesburg, and has been training in the martial arts for 28 years. He is currently a 6th degree black belt, and has dedicated the entirety of his adult life to teaching children and families martial arts. He is also the owner of Center Stage Preschool, a Montessori-based, performing arts preschool; and co-founder of Testudo Addiction Recovery, a non-profit organization serving families in the Northern Virginia area.