Fantasy Martial Arts!
Happy Sunday morning!
It is perfect,
is it not?
For a Sunday workout.
A time in which to make yourself stronger.
I was thinking about fantasies and the real world.
A fantasy is when you think,
‘I’m going to do this!’
and it bears no reality to the real world.
You practice the martial arts,
you mock up defenses for everything
from rape to atomic wars
and you think you are prepared.
But that’s not what it is all about.
The average person will get in three fights in his life.
That’s the actual statistic.
some people have more than that.
A lot more.
A guy who trains in boxing might have a dozen fights,
A cop might have a dozen fights.
The guy who trains in a dojo
usually doesn’t have any fights.
People who train,
and especially in the classic martial arts,
almost never get in fights.
The fights happen around them,
but somehow they walk the walk…
right out of the confrontation.
You can’t believe how many people have verified this for me.
‘I started the martial arts
and now nobody bugs me.’
And the truth is that they have learned to face their fellow man,
and they don’t have that certain set of fears
that results in fighting
And it lasts their whole life.
And this is what happens when you go through
the fantasy of the martial arts.
Your fears fade
and you are left
with the reality of you.
let me change pace,
if you think about it,
what I have just said is the truth,
and there is nothing more to be said.
Let me bounce around a bit.
Hanakwanmass to you.
Whether you believe in Happy Hanukah,
or Merry Christmas,
let everybody around you
feel the joy you have found in the martial arts.
Give yourself a present,
or give somebody else a present,
of martial arts.
Let everybody know,
just by your calm attitude
and peace of mind,
what you have
by giving it to them.
If we had a planet full of black belts
we wouldn’t have any wars.
That is such a totally inescapable conclusion.
next newsletter will be
my yearly rendition of
The Night Before Xmas.
And here’s something I have never mentioned,
every time I recite that Xmas poem,
I get people jumping the newsletter.
I send out my rendition of
The Night Before Xmas
and people cancel subscriptions at a mad rate.
Makes me laugh.
See there are two responses to the thought
behind this Martial Arts Xmas poem.
You can laugh,
and embrace the insanity.
You can get mad,
and struggle against the insanity.
But the insanity will be there
until you do enough work outs.
Do enough work outs
and the fantasy leaves,
and you are left with the truth of the martial arts.
All I’m doing is showing the way.
Have yourself an incredible HanakwanMass.
and a fantastic work out!
After 50 years in the martial arts,
these are the forms I study…
My gift to you.
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