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
“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
Bushido: The Seven Virtues of the Samurai
義 - Gi - Rectitude (Right Decisions)
勇 - Yu - Courage
仁 - Jin - Benevolence
礼 - Rei - Respect
誠 - Makoto - Honesty
名誉 - Meiyo - Honor
尽忠 - Chugi - Loyalty
First, the bushido code most of westerners have been exposed to is one written by a Japanese who had not been an actual samurai, i.e. the dual sword wielding kind who we would consider Musashi like. I am not a "koryu" practitioner nor am I any expert on this other than my understandings and perceptions as a westerner.
Today I read a group of posts on "honor." Some spoke directly from an interpretation of honor or Meiyo as to the bushido virtues while others spoke of the military, etc. All from their personal exposure and perceptions - like mine. I would ask, who's honor? Who's interpretation? Who's perceptions?
I can speak from a military view as a Marine. I can also speak toward it some what as a martial artists, i.e. karate-jutsu-do of Okinawa. I can also speak from my views as a person influenced by all the above. To a point ......
I even created my own code for me. The real trick as with all things of martial origins is to actually "live" the code not just know the code. Then where does this code enter into the picture when your confronted with violence? Would your belief in this "code" open you to damage or would you then subvert that code by dropping it off at the front door in return for "permission" to do what is required to remove damage and reach safety?
Another view, does the code cover things like social and anti-social violence and what they entails, i.e. damage or even death, arrest and prosecution, civil suits, medical bills, disabilities, etc.?
Is this code merely a selling point or some rhetoric that allows you to sound cool to those not in the know? If you feel a need to adapt a code then using these as a source to begin may be beneficial but remember that the code must be "today's code," not some ancient code of feudal samurai that may or may not apply to today's societal bindings. Just because you can recite them or have them read to you in training does not make one a samurai or one of the code, the seven virtues of the samurai, Bushido.