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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

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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The Bigger Picture

Today I read the post by Sensei Clarke, HERE CLICK HERE ;-), and found two quotes I feel are important. My thanks to Sensei Clarke for inspiring correct thinking with these quotes.

Often we get so involved in status, ego, pride and the workings of such gargantuan tasks we lose sight of the core of follow the way of the empty hand. Mike Clarke tells is like it is and that is very good - cool. Read these two for me and tell me if they don't or do hit a resonant cord with your practice.   I especially like the reference to what a person considers for themselves, i.e. a member with all that brings with it both good and bad and a colored belt vs. what you have inside you, your true proficiency in following the way and applying karate-jutsu.

I hope I am more than either of these, a member and a belt color. I admit I have experienced both and found something missing. I am finally in a state of feeling where I am discovering what I am truly and completely - so I continue to hope.

Thanks Mr. Clarke, for the inspirations you provide today.

p.s. when I state "the bigger picture" I am not saying this in a literal sense.

p.s.s. the quotes:

"Of course, there is little kudos to be gained by just training, and you could find that a couple of decades have slipped by and no one (outside your dojo) knows who you are. But....I think that is a far better situation to be in than the place many in karate and on the internet find themselves today." - Mike Clarke Sensei of Shinseidokan Dojo Blog

"So, as far as your karate is concerned, if you're considered a member rather than a student, or a belt color rather than a person.....perhaps you need to change your situation, refocus your gaze, and get a better look at the bigger picture." Mike Clarke Sensei Shinseidokan Dojo Blog


Rick said...

I think there are certain advantages to styles that don't have ranking systems, or organizations beyond "one teacher, one dojo."

Colin Wee said...

Respectfully, sir, and while I can't speak for all instructors out there ... there are some who are on the path, who are *also* on the internet, and who do not let ranking get in the way of 'the doing'. I for one, am a 'follower as leader'. Someone said to me recently that I should omit the ranking stripes on my belt for humility. My response was I would not be able to get more humble with or without them ... and it's true. Thank you for a good post. You have shared and shown solid wisdom through your blog over the years.

Traditional Taekwondo

Charles James said...

Thanks to you both.

Rick: yes, there are but there are limitations and costs for everything.

Colin Wee: Yes, there are many out there who truly follow the path. Those who balance between traditions and economics have my deepest respect for that is a blade with a razor's edge on which they balance the way.