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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Kuchi Bushi - The Mouth Warrior
This movie seems to have a good deal of what I refer to as, "Visual Metaphors," that speak to us for good reason. Metaphors tend to speak to the human mind far better than simply stating the facts ma'am. I often wonder about this but cannot deny that this is very true - most of what I see, read or hear talks to me if in a metaphor that resonates with my philosophy of life.
The book I am working on is meant to be a means for the martial artist to achieve "walking the path" and not just "knowing the path." It is easy to spout out quotes of this or that, to read the book of five rings to students and to say the I Ching says to do this or do that but it takes great effort, due diligence and herculean effort to actually live the words, the quotes and the meaning of such ancient teachings. Humans have endeavored to do just this, walk the path, over thousands of years, this is my effort to walk the path and to inspire others to walk the path, not just talk the path.
The Kuchi Bushi of martial society is a less than complementary term used to expose those who do a lot of talking on how they can do this or do that or that they are of this rank or that rank - the Mouth Warrior, "Kuchi Bushi." Often when asked to step on the dojo floor and show me what you got they will fall down and you will not see them again. They move on to another place in hopes of "fooling" people.
The kuchi bushi is a "wanna be" who does not "want to make the efforts" necessary to actually achieve what they only dream of, to be proficient in the martial arts. These are the folks who "talk the path" in lieu of "walk the path." See how the metaphor speaks to us by relating to the Matrix in our subconscious, cool huh.
I walk the path - mostly. In some cases the fact that you achieve the path in some cases and in others your efforts to walk it suffice, as long as you continue the effort to walk that path. We have many paths we take like the many faces we assume (see faces post :-). When we step off that particular path we learn things about ourselves and life - good. Then we attempt to get back on that path, or others, and that effort can be challenging - just do it, just try and try and try.
As Morpheus told Neo, "know the path - good - now walk that path - better." You martial brothers and sisters, forget the mouth and institute your actions in a manner that walks that path - no kuchi bushi, more Neo.