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 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
Reaching a Stage of Makoto
Dynamic physical activity, i.e. energy in hara as focal point.
Thinking in a focused manner.
Establishment of order through will, both internal and external environments.
Service to others for unified benefit of social cohesion.
Daily, diligent and continuous, self-reflection toward self-transmutation.
A healthy mind, brain, is imperative toward reaching a state of makoto, truth; reality; sincerity; honesty; integrity; fidelity, etc., to reach "being oneself" through a wholehearted being in the light of the way. What does this mean, read the post on Makoto: http://martialartterms.blogspot.com/2012/04/makoto.html
Here, in this post, we discuss the path to makoto through the practice of "gyo." Lets look at the above atomistically with knowledge that it must be implemented in a holistic "whole" way.
Grains or cereals through out history have been the nourishment that is believed to benefit human conditions more than any other and it is known that until the industrial period the food consumed was based mostly on grains or cereals. The human teeth were designed by nature to grind up and assimilate properly grains and cereals.
The food we eat is converted into those various nutrients that provide nourishment to our very cells along with the energy circulated through both the blood and the energy meridians that fuel the body and mind.
The dynamic activities the best develop the hara are martial arts. The variety and difficulty of martial practices have shown through out the history of the Asian peoples to build the greatest hara.
Right minded thinking with morality and other such contexts provides the mind those thoughts derived from attained knowledge that allows us right thinking for the benefit of the group, tribe and society. Only through this mutual understanding of one another as to cultures, beliefs and perceptions can we achieve the next which is proper order that benefits all.
This leads to "service to others" which in life there is no greater goal of man but to give service to others that benefits the whole. To achieve this level of mental and physical achievement takes the type of open minded self reflection that leads to a willingness to self transmutate.
Bring all this into "one" wholehearted way of living life through a practice such as martial systems achieves this goal. This is how the I Ching and other ancient classics written by the sages guides us toward enlightenment.