Therefore, in your deliberations, when seeking to determine the military conditions, let them be made the basis of a comparison, in this wise:
(1) Which of the two sovereigns is imbued with the Moral law?
(2) Which of the two generals has most ability?
(3) With whom lie the advantages derived from Heaven and Earth?
(4) On which side is discipline most rigorously enforced?
(5) Which army is stronger?
(6) On which side are officers and men more highly trained?
(7) In which army is there the greater constancy both in reward and punishment?
14. By means of these seven considerations I can forecast victory or defeat.
Let me paraphrase this list into modern parlance and in self-defense jargon.
(1) Which combatant is willing to defend themselves regardless of the danger and has the stern resolve to do it?
(2) Which combatant has strategies in place for confrontations?
(3) Who uses their environment and available tools to defend themselves?
(4) Who is trained to be more disciplined?
(5) Who is mentally, physically and spiritually stronger?
(6) Which combatant is the most trained in martial skills?
(7) Who has trained most consistently for confrontations?
As you can see from my new list, the winner of a self-defense confrontation is someone who has trained consistently in an effective art such as Golden Leopard Kempo-justu. It doesn’t really matter which art you prefer or study. All the arts provide benefit of discipline and martial techniques. Some are more applicable to actual street level self-defense situations.
What is most important is the preparation for the situation. Hoping it won’t happen doesn’t aid you when the time comes. Take charge of your life by learning how to defend yourself. This eliminates the effects of fear allowing you to focus and assess the situation.
While speaking of self-defense, preparation also includes things outside of carrying a small weapon or making your hands lethal weapons. It includes disaster preparedness — do you have survival kits, food and water, tents, cash. Do you know first aid techniques, CPR and AED? Situations are infinitely diverse. The more you learn and prepare the wider your range of effectiveness. It also provides you with a broader scope of skills that can be modified for other situations.
Martial artists in modern society are modern warriors. No we aren’t running to the next state to steal their cows or horses. I mean warriors in the ideal sense — the noble knight or valiant soldier. Many of us are not professional soldiers but we are a part of our local community. We are the guardians of our neighborhoods.
You should rise to the character expectations of all warriors. We are not thugs or bullies. We are pillars of the community who meet danger with action not flight. Here are some ideas that wrote using free association:
- Stand your ground and protect your honor and beliefs.
- Help others especially those who can not help themselves
- Be prepared for disasters with food, supplies, medicine, guns and ammo.
- Know CPR and first aid. Be willing to perform it on others.
- Maintain your beliefs regardless of the situation
- Remember that not everyone has the same beliefs as you. Americans and warriors both protect everyone’s rights to have or not have religion.
- A secular society maintains fairness, self-responsibility, and openness.
- Do not stand for the trampling of rights of smaller groups. One day, you may be in a smaller group.
- Keep yourself responsible for your own actions.
- Take actions that are responsible, noble and just.
- Help others selflessly
This list may be high handed and a bit self-righteous but that is how one must live to be considered a warrior in my book. Don’t agree, let me know in my comments.
I know I haven’t written in a while but life gets hectic. One thing is for sure, writing a newsletter or blog are both very time consuming. Just to catch you up, I continue to teach my classes weekly and train my own material. Like all things, my material started to degrade from lack of practice. So I follow my own advice and began hitting a practice routine with more vigor. Of course, that means writing time diminishes.
Then there are the other projects I’m working on and having children on Summer Vacation. Now that school started again, I find myself still without a lot of spare time. My advice is to schedule all your activities as if they were job related tasks. If you want to accomplish something, you need to chip away at it one hour at a time if necessary.
So I hope my lack of availability and posting inspires you to keep working. It may remind you that “Yes, I’m a regular dude” too. As always, if you have a topic idea or question, please submit it to me either by email or comments. I read both often.
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