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
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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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
Keshin Kagi Kibare (kay-sheen kah-ghee kee-bah-ray) [new phrase alert]
Why am I bringing this up on a karate oriented philosophical blog? It is because this mind-set is indicative of the mind-set a person today must achieve in training and practice if they wish to be proficient in any martially oriented system of self-protection. In karate-justu aspects if one truly believes they are already "dead (metaphorically speaking)" then they won't allow the monkey to chime in with monkey chatter that would cloud a clear mind needed to act.
Hmmm, I am not conveying this thought well so let me try a bit more. Karate-justu requies one to believe that in a fight, in combat under predatory attacks that they are already done, they have nothing to lose, nothing to give up and no possible fault in their ability - a mind-set that does not allow for kinks in the mental and physical armor and weapons. They must have developed "no-fear" of the attack, the attacker or the method of attack. It is a present moment type mental ability that allows nothing to interfere but what is happening in the moment and the application of your instinctual ability to act according to the situation in lieu of thinking, contemplating or allowing mental monkey chatter to enter into your mind - a blank mind as a open conduit for training to be used to combat the situation.
If you are a professional as I am learning to understand one it actually means your already dead when you enter into harm's way. Your life before that moment does not exist. There is no loss. There is nothing but that moment so your mind and body do what is needed to get the job done. Your mind-set must know that has no room for second-guessing your ability. You trained properly and you confidence is unquestionable. No doubt, no second-guessing and no monkey-mind chatter. Just action, just act and just getting the job done.
I feel that this post is not getting the idea aptly across so I will simply state, let it spur you on to investigation of this concept of feudal Japan samurai way. The Japanese are the second greatest industrial force in the world and it is this type of mind-set that got them there. It is not a literal fear of physical death but rather death of the business, etc. Can't we incorporate that mind-set in our practice? Do you have this mind-set? Isn't this the mind-set of our greatest athletes?
In closing, "Mushin (moo-sheen), meaning no-mind - a state of mind that refers to acting without artifices, without illusions, without being influenced by subjective thinking." - Michihiro Matsumoto on Musashi Miyamoto