Excellence is an art won by training and
habituation. We do not act rightly because
we have virtue or excellence, but rather we
have those because we have acted rightly.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence,
then, is not an act but a habit.
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The personal, as everyone's so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here - it is slow and cold, and it is theirs. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin. If you want justice, you will have to claw it from them. Make it personal. Do as much damage as you can. Get your message across. That way you stand a far better chance of being taken seriously next time. Of being considered dangerous. And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, marks the difference - the only difference in their eyes- between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and again they cream your liquidation, your displacement, your torture and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it's just business, it's politics, it's the way of the world, it's a tough life, and that it's nothing personal.
Things I Should Have Learned By Now Vol II
Especially when preparing for actual combat, these few seconds of preamble allow you to settle your equilibrium, to draw upon your self-confidence, to face without emotion that sword point which threatens you, and to allay the first involuntary movement of anxiety which, in such cases, the strongest nature must endure for a moment. Moreover, you have been able to entrap your adversary in a comprehensive glance of observation, and to draw your own conclusions from his position, from his handling of the sword, and from the general way in which he offers battle.
This renders it worth your while to stand for a few minutes even out of pistol shot.
From Sentiments of the Sword by Sir Richard Burton
I have now made you as wise as myself upon the subject of moving the body and the limbs, which indeed is all the mechanism of swordsmanship. A few words before we separate. Why have these positions and these movements been chosen, been universally approved of by the civilised world? The reply is because they are intuitive and instinctive. See how the races that use the knife naturally seize it with the right hand, drape the cloak round the left arm, and, under cover of the body, prepare the weapon for a fatal thrust. " I'm certain," Shughtie said, " that they are wrong. Have the cloak if you like, it may always be useful, but hold your bowie-point to the fore as if it were a sword. Why, man, you've quoted Achille Marozzo, and already you forget hie principles. There are two common ways of using the knife underhand and overhand. Underhand is rare, being easily stopped; overhand, if you treat it as I would, may be received upon the point. An acquaintance of mine had a third way, which was not without its merits. He rejoiced in the sobriquet of ' Flat-footed Jack,' being, or rather having been, one of Her Gracious Majesty's hard naval bargains. The Argentine gargotti's not a bad place for knife practice. The Flat-footed in his cups would quarrel with hie own hat; hence many a difficulty. When cuchillos are drawn Senor Spaniard, old or new hemisphere, hae a silly habit of showing off. The world must see the curved beauties of his deadly blade. It's like the Tartar prince, who by herald informs the kings of the earth that they may dine, as he has finished his meal of mare's milk. And it's quite unlike the sensible Japanese, who, holding the scabbard in the left hand, draws hie sword with so little loss of time that he opens his man from belt to shoulder." A very old manoeuvre of the Italian and German schools, I interposed. " Well," resumed Shughtie, " while the particular Don was intent upon his gambado, Flat-footed Jack suddenly let fly at him a perfectly straight thrust with a common whittle some 6in. long, and worth when new 4d. He was only careful to put his thumb along the bone handle. Of course, every blow killed. I should be afraid to name the number of our countryman's triumphs." This was a long speech for Shughtie. I knew that he would not readily do it again, and resumed. Such, then, is the rule of the sword we will drop the knife - and it is based upon nature and truth, upon practice and experience.
1. Do not think dishonestly.
2. The Way is in training.
3. Become acquainted with every art.
4. Know the Ways of all professions.
5. Distinguish between gain and loss in worldly matters.
6. Develop intuitive judgment and understanding for everything
7. Percieve those things which cannot be seen.
8. Pay attention even to trifles.
9. Do nothing which is of no use.
- Musashi Miyamoto, A Book Of Five Rings (Go Rin No Sho)
The sentiment du fer is that supreme art of digitation which is to the complete swordsman what the touch of the pulse is, or rather was, to the old physician who disclaims the newfangled thermometer. It begins to make itself felt as soon as the blades come into contact. Essential to the highest development of our art, it is the result of happy natural disposition, of long study, and of persevering attention. To the hand it gives lightness and that indescribable finesse which guide the cue of the billiard player; to the passes it communicates quickness directed by an appreciation of the case which can hardly be subjected to analysis. It is that mysterious résumé of delicate manipulation, of practised suppleness in wrist and forearm, and of precision in movement, which makes the adversary feel powerless before it, which startles at the same time that it commands him. No quality in a swordsman is more rarely found in any degree approaching perfection. To say that I have not the highest admiration of it would be to set myself down in the lowest ranks of materialism -- as the world understands the word. But its very potency suggests the absolute necessity of providing against it when we find so rare a gift opposed to us.
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This Documentary Presentation has been a long while in the making. Many thanx go out to Terry, Lee, Laci, Pete, Mark, Carla, Bob and so, so many more people for helping make this film the success that it has become upon the short film festival circuit and in the hearts and minds of people around the world who have seen it. This is not a training film per se, it is a Docu-project about a man's journey (Terry) and his quest for life's meanings and truths via the path of steel. (Ferro Veritas). I am myself, the teacher.
Filmed in New York, Texas, Oregon, Hells Canyon, Sacred sites and more. The horse scene at my place (in the pasture) was impromtu, the horses sort of fell in with the whole vibe of the film. They "knew their roles well" ya might say. It is a different venue for me for sure. But it came out quite well,
I am pleased and I think you also shall be pleased. JAK
By pressing or squeezing the sides of the fingers, according to your needs, you can affect both the emotion and the corresponding organ. This is how the fingers work:
The thumb represents the element earth, the stomach and worry.
The index finger represents the element metal, the lungs, the large intestine and the emotions depression, sadness and grief.
The middle finger is the element fire, the heart, small intestine, circulatory and respiratory systems, the emotions are impatience and hastiness.
The ring finger is the element wood and is connected to the liver, gall bladder, nervous system and corresponds to anger.
The little finger corresponds to water, the kidneys and fear.
Massage the Finger in Accord with your current state of mind (emotion) to abolish and control such self hindering emotions!
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During the daytime, we see shadow but do not notice light. During the night, we see light but do not notice shadow. A breath contains two aspects: “heng” and “ha”. (Once your skill is deep, you will be able to do this as a single breath, or with but an action of your navel.) One who is highly skilled in solo and partner practice will often unexpectedly utter these sounds.
They have three principles:
1. Make your internal energy comfortable, without the errors of forcing it or injuring yourself.
2. Make your internal power course through your whole body without the slightest obstruction.
I shall embrace the darkness and make it mine.
I shall sleep the sleep of the ages and return one thousand years hence.
I will come from waters deep and ages past. My weapons antique and unworthy.
I depend upon you for aid, you will depend upon me for life. When called I will come.
When I come, I will bring the others and we will at last restore the balance lost.
Bring the weapons of time to my chest and place them there upon me and step away.
Carry the tradition and bring ye tobacco. Make the mark so that dead eye's may see
We will thus know one another as brothers reunited and be whole again. Cool warmth.
Until then the road of mankind will become the new trail of tears. Each man will walk alone
No one will be untouched, all will carry wounds and the mark of the demon will be upon us.
But fear ye not, retribution of the most divine manner shall appear. A new gate will open.
It will remedy this imbalance and return that which was lost in the far arena of tomorrow's dawn
We are all one family and thus the darkness will not - cannot prevail. I give you my word as true.
It has been my distinct pleasure to serve you all in this Kali-yuga and for now, my work is complete.