Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Life's Lessons from Martial Arts

Pearls of wisdom from Martial Arts

Now & Zen

dedicated to all  - especially fellow martial artists all over the world!

* A man who has attained mastery in an art reveals it in his every action - Samurai maxim

* The mind should be nowhere in particular - Takuan

* You and your opponent are one. There is a co-existing relationship between you. You co-exist with your opponent and become his complement, absorbing his attack and using his force to overcome him - Bruce Lee

* The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life - Samurai maxim

* To know and to act are one and the same - Samurai maxim

* In order to achieve victory, you must place yourself in your opponent's skin. If you don't understand yourself, you will lose 100% of the time. If you understand yourself, you will win 50% of the time. If you understand yourself and your opponent, you will win 100% of the time - Tsutomu Oshima

* Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious - Daisetsu Suzuki

* The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be - Bruce Lee

And the final lesson in any martial artist's training:
* To win a hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the highest skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the highest skill - Sun Tzu (The art of War)

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