Why is martial arts etiquette important?: Etiquette is very important because as martial artists, we are consistently striving to improve all aspects relating to the body, mind, and spirit – to reach beyond ourselves. As martial artists we are not the same as the average person. We spend a lifetime training to become highly skilled practitioners who have hidden abilities to defend and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our property, without displaying any kind of visible weapon. With that hidden knowledge and ability, we have to take a step backward to control any type of personal emotion, anger, or aggression.