From the perspective of a disabled person.
There is a huge difference between compassion and pity I think. From my experience I feel like someone who is compassionate will see everyone regardless of ability or disability as equal and will assist either when the moment is clear or when the person asks for help. Be that physically or not. The compassionate person is respectful. A person who offers pity and does things with that mindset I feel is doing more harm than good. Out of pity, a person will offer help in a condescending way and will only do it for their own gratification. Whether this is openly obvious or deeply subconscious they see themselves as better than or in higher position than the person they are helping. Now do not get me wrong, it is ok to feel good about yourself for helping someone. But you have to ensure that you did it for the right reasons and if you did not, catch yourself in it and correct it. Regardless of ability or disability everyone is on the same level as people. We are all humans who are trying to survive in a world full of selfishness and greed. We as todai of FMK, and for my fellow believers in the kwoon, must be compassionate not only to those in need but to our enemies as well. What does it accomplish if we as martial arts students, like that of MMA students, stop an attacker as violently as possible and put him/her in the hospital? It shows that we are the same. Is that what we want to show when we rep FMK? No. I have been to many different schools in my life and I have seen many different things, but from Sifu, I see a true martial artist who is concerned about teaching, not fighting. I know that this is hard, but if we exercise restraint on our future attackers, how much better will the reputation of the kwoon be? How much better will your own reputation as a martial artist be? To quote from one of the greatest Marvel superheros of all time, "With great power comes great responsibility." -Peter Parker aka Spiderman. Remember that we represent Sifu and our brothers and sisters in the kwoon in all that we do out in the world.