On the warrior’s path

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There is more to the image of a warrior fearlessly taking on enemies in a fight or standing in confidence with a weapon at hand. Much like martial artists are more than the skills and techniques they learn in practice. A martial art is more than what many see on the surface. It is a way of life and a lifelong journey on the warrior’s path that many choose to embrace.

Some people mistakenly assume that martial arts promote violence. And sometimes it is not easy to fault this reasoning when some martial artists become involved in fights they could have otherwise avoided. And to make things worse, some practitioners have also been to become violent at some point. This creates a negative impression that tends to reflect on martial arts as a whole.

But nothing could be far from the truth for those who understand what learning the art truly means. These students often learn patience and restraint among other things. Many of the most skilled martial artists are also among the most patient and tolerant. They are the ones who would rather avoid a fight if they can rather than start it. Some may even have started as hot-headed students who have matured into calmer versions of themselves who are capable of assessing a situation before jumping into a fray.

Taking up a martial art is about committing to a lifelong pursuit of learning, self-discipline, and continuous improvement. And more importantly, it is about constantly fine-tuning the mind, body, and spirit on the never-ending journey down the warrior’s path.

Remarkable Qualities Of Great Martial Artists

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Being a martial artist is not just about defeating your opponent. It’s not just about getting recognized for your skills. It’s not just about making a name for yourself. It’s not just about inspiring other people to become martial artists.

Here are the remarkable qualities of great martial artists:

They don’t back down.

Anyone who ever dreamed about becoming great martial artists knows that no matter what happens, they shouldn’t back down. No matter how tough the challenges can be, they shouldn’t back down. No matter how painful the training can be, they shouldn’t back down. Even if they don’t know about any other skills, they shouldn’t back down. Even if they don’t know where to start, they shouldn’t back down. Simply put: “NO PAIN, NO GAIN.”

They are disciplined.

Be it as easy as equipping themselves martial arts mouth guard or as hard as teaching themselves new martial arts techniques, great martial artists are disciplined enough to do both of these things with finesse – with the right amount of burning desire to succeed themselves, with the right amount of courtesy to succeed other people.

They keep their feet on the ground.

Even if they are already recognized around the world, great martial artists keep their feet on the ground. They just continue working hard for what they want to achieve, as well as work hard for those who believe they can achieve what they want to achieve.

They are motivated.

Being great martial artists is not just about motivating themselves. It’s also about motivating other people, even inspiring them to become who they want to be. It’s also about motivating their mentors, to continue working hard to teach them the skills needed to be a legend in their field.

Do you know any other remarkable qualities of great martial artists? Share them with us below!

Lessons from the Masters

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There are many martial arts quotes that will make you reflect on your own journey. Some inspire even those who are not practitioners of any martial art. The lessons they teach are often universal. And most of them require a deeper understanding that may be achieved by walking the path. The following are some of the best quotes about martial arts that will make you think about your own journey.

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself” – Chinese Proverb

“When the student is ready, the Master appears.” – Buddhist Proverb

“The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.” – Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

“The true work of the martial arts is progress, not perfection” – Gene Dunn

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

“He who is taught only by himself has a fool for a master. “ – Ben Jonson

“Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” – Matsu Basho

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. “ – Bruce Lee

“Some Warriors look fierce, but are mild. Some seem timid, but are vicious. Look beyond appearances; position yourself for the advantage.” – Deng Ming-Dao

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.” – Tsukahara Bokuden.

“One finds life through conquering the fear of death within one’s mind. Empty the mind of all forms of attachment, make a go-for-broke charge and conquer the opponent with one decisive slash.” – Togo Shigekata.

“The undisturbed mind is like the calm body water reflecting the brilliance of the moon. Empty the mind and you will realize the undisturbed mind.” – Yagyu Jubei

“To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve – as if you might die in the next instant” – Taisen Deshimaru

“Ultimately, you must forget about technique. The further you progress, the fewer teachings there are. The Great Path is really NO PATH.” – Ueshiba Morihei

“To all those whose progress remains hampered by ego-related distractions, let humility – the spiritual cornerstone upon which Karate rests – serve to remind one to place virtue before vice, values before vanity and principles before personalities.” – Sokon ‘Bushi’ Matsumura

“Nothing is more harmful to the world than a martial art that is not effective in actual self-defense.” – Choki Motobu

Why Practicing a Martial Art is Good for You

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Martial arts remain a mystery to many people despite its growing popularity over the years. There is still a lingering perception that not everyone is up to the seemingly painful and violent nature of practicing them. But learning a martial art is not about embracing violence as a part of life. It is more about developing the patience to avoid conflict. Like any other sport, practicing a martial art is good for you. Here are some of the reasons why.

It’s a character builder

Discipline, honor, and respect are some of the fundamental teachings across different martial arts. It is deeply embedded in traditional martial arts like aikido, karate, and kendo. Students learn to respect their teachers, seniors, and even their juniors. They are taught philosophies that promote etiquette. Honor is strongly built into various martial art systems. Those who practice the arts are able to tap into these lessons to build character.

It promotes self-mastery

Self-discipline paves the way for self-master. You can learn a lot about discipline when you practice a martial art. Showing up and sticking to a training routine regardless of how tough it get is a form of discipline that brings you a step farther into the path to self-improvement. Discipline in martial art also takes the form of the ability to deal with conflict without resorting to violence.

It gives you the experience of being in the zone

Artists, performers, athletes, and martial artists have talked about being in the zone or what is also known as the flow. It is a state where everything seems to flow seamlessly. The mind is empty of needless thoughts and instead focused on the here and now. And by being fully present in the moment, the mind and body is completely engaged with the task at hand. In the zone, you are left undisturbed by distractions. Instead, you perform at your best regardless of the challenges you have to overcome to complete the task.

It teaches you what it takes to succeed

The lessons in martial arts set you up for success. More importantly, it helps you understand what it takes to succeed in martial art or in life. It teaches you to set goals and to persevere to achieve them. One of the important lessons you learn when learning a martial art would be this: There is no shortcut to success. It often takes years of continuous practice to advance to a higher level. Many who are considered masters in their arts believe in the importance of maintaining a beginners’ mindset. So essentially, there is no end in sight towards mastery. You are in for the long haul. The ability to persevere sets you up to succeed in any endeavor in life.

It builds confidence

You gain confidence every time you overcome the challenges in training. As you develop the skills, you begin to believe in your own abilities. You begin to welcome situations that may require you to step out of your comfort zone. You become comfortable in dealing with the difficulties practicing a martial art sometimes present.