Wouldn’t it be incredible to have the mind and spirit of an effective warrior? A widely held misconception is the martial artist is an aggressive person trained in the ancient arts who is constantly looking to engage in a battle. This couldn’t be further from the truth! A real martial artist will have learned how to conquer most conflicts with a peaceful and stable mind. Aggression should be avoid at all costs, only when the serene and peaceful nature is in-effective, should they utilize more aggressive means.
A Little History On the Incredible Warriors Who Started It All
Despite being a capable and potent fighter, the very best warriors are the ones who are calm and focus minded. These warriors didn’t get this way overnight. It takes many months and even years of dedication in order to find quietness and stillness in one’s mind. The evidence lies in ancient history. Some of the most capable and awe inspiring warriors were the Samurais. These people were over achievers based on a time when strength, honor, courage and even respect were held in high regards.
These traits surfaced due to the large influx of teachings based on Buddhism, Confucianism, and the practice of Zen. Combining all three of these important philosophies produced a code in which all Samurais abided by. It became known as the Bushido. The most primary influence was Zen. This helped the Samurai navigate the fear of death. How was this accomplished? Zen taught the warriors that it was honorable to accept his fate and that nothing could change what life had in store for that particular warrior. Rather than concern themselves over when their last breath would be, they realized that life would be much more fulfilling if they lived each day to its fullest. The Samurai did not see death as a horrible fate. Instead, they accepted this responsibility with honor.
The Samurai’s purpose in life was to fulfill his duty to protect and serve others. Much like our modern day soldiers. It is because of this lack of fear of dying, they were effective and potent fighting machines. The same psychology that applied then still applies today to all modern warriors: Self Control is of utmost importance. Without self-control, you will likely fail as a warrior. This applies to all manners of fighting or combat. If you want to be victorious in battle, you need to keep your composure and never lose your cool. If you let your emotions get the best of you, you lost the battle with yourself and your opponent.
The best fighters in the world are self-disciplined and are able to separate their emotions from their thoughts. This allows them to be able to read their opponents thoughts often moments before they even occur!
Qualities That Distinguish Seasoned Martial Artists from the Others
A seasoned and well trained Martial Artist will have undergone many months and years of training. They didn’t just undergo combat training, they went on a long journey to find themselves along the way. Many hours of self-discipline made them who they are today: An effective warrior who will always try to use more peaceful measures when faced with conflict, but have no problem using more forceful methods should the situation call for it. One might also ask what other qualities make the seasoned warrior distinguishable next to the newbie or fraud? Meditation
It’s very important for a warrior to keep a strong and quiet mind. When faced with conflict, a million thoughts may go through their minds. It is imperative that they learn to quiet this noise and distraction and focus at the task at hand.
A warrior may not be completely fearless of possibilities, but it’s very important that they understand how to push those fears aside and show courage. Fears slow people down and prevent people from doing a lot of things. Fears also make you weak and susceptible to attacks.
It can be argued that the most lethal of warriors are the strongest. This isn’t necessarily true. A real warrior will have acquired extreme focus from their teachings. This focus is necessary for being able to not get lost in the surroundings around them. If you can keep focused on your enemy while engaging in combat, this will enable you to time and determine when it’s best to strike. This saves energy and stamina. This would also rule out the theory that you need to be extremely strong to pass as a martial artist.
The fraud or wannabe martial artist may engage in any kind of conflict or battle simply to show off. The real warrior has the self-discipline to realize this is ridiculous and should be avoided at all costs. If approached by an opponent attempting to engage them, they will avoid the conflict as much as possible and use the least amount of force possible. The fraud will be all too happy to get into a lethal match just to show off to their peers. This is childish at best.
These qualities should be the standard that every martial artist holds themselves to regardless of circumstances and the length of their training! Newbies can stand to learn a lot from their wiser and disciplined mentors. Nothing is gained when actively seeking out situations in which to engage in battles. The only thing that grows in this situation is the ego. Martial arts in its purest form does not foster the growth of the ego. The martial arts is not a sport or way of life that is designed to boost or flatter an ego. Egos are notorious for causing problems and getting in the way of better judgment. It’s highly encouraged to do away with an ego if you’re really serious about being a martial artist. Only then, can the wisdom of your wiser peers be imparted onto you.