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HARDSHIPS

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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C. S. Lewis

Nobody enjoys going through hard times. Hard times happen to everyone sooner or later. But, if you control your mind and focus on what you can get from the situation, instead of how bad you feel or how much you hate what is happening, you can turn a bad situation into something positive.

Many times, after you have made it through a hardship, you feel more capable, more confident, and a realization that you can handle whatever comes along. The situation has made you stronger and more prepared for the next hardship. Was if fun? Absolutely not! But, was it beneficial to you in some way? This is totally up to you. You have the choice to turn the situation into a learning experience or to just survive.

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Training Always....!

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Sun Tzu says about being prepared.....

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Rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable. Sun Tzu

 

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The superior man seeks what is right;

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The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable. Confucius

Today it is very rare to find a person who will think about what is right instead of what is “best” for him personally. As I have discussed, the warrior should be a superior man, a man of excellence. Confucius tells us that the superior man will seek what is right, not what is profitable.

This doesn’t mean that the warrior never seeks what is profitable for himself and his family. What it does mean is that the warrior will not seek what is profitable while at the same time disregarding what is right.

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Stop Complaining and get to Work

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The Monk would have you believe he is on fire, But it is just his energy showing itself.....The Monk never complains.....

 

Spending today complaining about yesterday will not make your tomorrow any better.

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Always have a Plan......

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Make sure that you are not your own worst enemy!

Ancient wisdom literature is packed with warnings about making careless mistakes which can cause you great harm. Whether is it is allowing your emotions to control your words and actions, or simply being careless with your speech or actions, you must guard against being your own worst enemy.

Throughout history it has been a strategy of war, whether it is on the battlefield or in personal conflicts, to make your enemy angry, frustrated, and emotional, in order to cause him to act impulsively and make costly mistakes. This was actually demonstrated in the movie, Braveheart, when the Scots mooned the British on the battlefield, a tactic which the Scots did actually use in real life.

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Work your Strength ....!

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You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain. Miyamoto Musashi

So many people in this world find something that works for them, and then think that they know what's best for everyone else. This happens a lot in the martial arts world with arguments over style, techniques, instruction, etc. Martial artists like to argue about who is legitimate and who is not, like they are the ultimate judge of everyone else's training, skills or abilities.

The fact is, not every style of martial arts works for every person. Not every technique is a good fit for every martial artist. Different people have different body types, different injuries, different weakness, and different issues. Just because a martial art works for you, that doesn't mean it is best for everyone.

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Change Yourself...!

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I remeber after having deveopled the above photo telling myself I need to step it up and change...my status was the same as everyone else, I need to change ...to push more then the other person at work and the Dojo........I told myself this is it, nothing will stand in my way.......and I never really looked back.......

 

 

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Martial Arts & Martial Law

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Martial Arts & Martial Law by J. Michael Brooks

Operating in the dark is a challenge. Darkness may be helpful. Sometimes it is necessary. But it’s difficult to orient in the dark; harder to detect obstacles, threats, targets and the path we need to take.

Which is a lot like training now. Isolated from the dojo, separated from friends, from the normal routines and rhythms of life, is disorienting for everyone. Some people feel at a loss. 

People around the world are feeling fearful, anxious, isolated, and bored. This not produced only by outer circumstances, as difficult as they are. This can be fixed by having a clear mission, that is, a purpose. 

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Angry fighters never win....!

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Never hate your enemy. It clouds your judgment. Michael Corleone

The strategy of making your enemy angry in order to cause him to act irrationally and make mistakes is as old as time itself. This is a strategy which has been used throughout history to gain an advantage in both times of war and in personal conflicts, and it works for a specific reason.

Strong emotions, especially emotions such as hate and anger, cloud your mind, interfere with your rational judgment, and cause you to act irrationally and make mistakes. When someone is acting on pure emotion, anger, and hatred, you can count on them making a mistake sooner or later.

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