When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
Tatsuo Sensei Told Us ...
We dug in the obvious, the external, because we are that type of person. We seldom, even on a personal side, look within for those non-physical traits that make Okinawan's what they are and we don't look within to understand how that affects how they communicate, live, and socialize, etc. I think we missed the boat completely and it sailed long ago with out us on board.
We seek to understand the philosophy yet we don't see or understand how that philosophy causes them to act or talk or feel a certain way. We once again missed the boat and actually I am not even sure my explanation describes this adequately.
I believe that Tatsuo Sensei meant for us to find out and understand the person of Okinawan descent. To learn what drives them as individual. Not the laws that govern but the intent deep down that drives the way the interpret, understand, convey things of life, not just karate.
He wanted us to seek what layers supported their customs, beliefs, and philosophies. What gas drives the car, not the tires that it rolls on ... something deeper that causes the internal combustion and not just the motion of the car. What is the persons context?
Have we even begun to dig into what it means to be Okinawan? Is it possible until we let go of our preconceived beliefs and notions of who and what Okinawan's are or be?
It has become more apparent to me that what we "see" when we look at Tatsuo Sensei or any Okinawan is not what they hold dear to their hearts, that which is within them. We also "hear" what we want to hear and in the manner of how Asian's communicate we may not have heard the void between the words. I use this from the Japanese communications information simply because Okinawa is Japan and because they have been ruled for so long many of these things are a part of Okinawan's now, mostly.
Okinawan's, like Japan, got a lot from Chinese influences but remained at their core Okinawan's yet the outward and inward due to the close knit needs of the group mean they absorb things consciously and unconsciously - like uchinaguchi changing to Japanese language as the Okinawan language.