Being a Warrior – Not Just About Fighting Ability

While none of us possess infallible control or perfect virtue, as martial artists, inescapably tied to those warriors who have already walked the path—we owe it to them, and to ourselves to strive towards achieving excellence. Here excellence refers to more than just ones fighting ability. Sadly, so many modern martial artists focus exclusively on their martial skill as a measure of excellence, losing sight of the fact that historically true warriorship was measured as being far more than just ones ability to fight.

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Hidden Dragon’s of the Martial Art World

It’s often taboo, with hush, hush undertones under breath in dark corridors if one suggests that training in martial arts may not be all that healthy for you. Coming from someone who has practiced and taught martial arts for all of his adult life it may seem a strange thing for me to be writing about. But at least personally, I enjoy challenging why I do something, even though it doesn’t make me popular in my own mind, with screams of, “just get on with it”. I won’t lie here and say that questioning everything, especially why I do martial arts has made it easy. Its caused frustration, stress, and even dare I say a tad bit of depression in my life. But as I get older, the need to be congruent between mind, body and action, seems to be very important.

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The Myth of ‘Reality’ Based Self-Defense

The Myth of ‘Reality’ Based Self-Defense

Through Neuroscientific research we know now that the human brain is a prediction and pattern detecting machine. The brain from this perspective desires stability, clarity, and consistency. These are characteristics that the brain views as essential to its survival. In contrast unpredictability, instability and uncertainty are seen as a threat to its survival. This answers an important question that has confounded me for some time.

Why are so many reality based systems so popular, in light of the fact that so many of these systems, fail to teach unpredictability, instability and uncertainty?

Anyone with real ‘fight’ experience knows that knowing how to deal with unpredictability, instability and uncertainty (UIU) are the essential ingredients to surviving a ‘fight’. Not only are these essential ingredients to survive that fight, these are the ingredients of all fights to begin with. In other words, no matter how much a person would like to avoid UIU, there is no way too.

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