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One of my teachers posted...
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)05:53 UTC+1 No.401342 Report

One of my teachers posted something on facebook the other day that I really got a kick out of, thought I'd share it with you all.

Also, general stories about your teachers and or tidbits of wisdom.

"One thing equals everything" (Hitotsu no koto wa, subete o hitoshiku or ??????????????) was a favorite statement my teacher would use to describe peoples ongoing natural tendencies.

It boils down to what a person does in handling small things is a very good indication as to how they handle all things in their life. The decisions they make, the way they treat others in their relationships, their tendencies toward loyalty, moral and ethical codes of conduct, the way they handle ambition and patience, tolerance and compassion are all reflected in each small thing they do. If we treat one thing or one person 'one' way, we will tend to treat all similar things the same way. In other words, we're very predictable by observing our past actions.

My teachers wisdom often echoes loudly in my brain and gives me a proverbial slap when I find myself blinded by wanting to see the best in people but fail to recognize the patterns of behavior they insist on replaying over and over again. What's worse is that I think of myself as being able to recognize tendencies and behavior patterns very quickly. I am always surprised when I fail to recognize early on these patterns in someone I care the most for. Those that I mistakenly expect more from. Blindness comes in many forms as well.

I have spent countless hours of my life trying to impart the virtues and understanding of the traditional ways of budo to my students and colleagues. Perhaps it is just wishful thinking or denial on my part to recognize that some people will not be influenced by proper conduct or will never adhere to the same values that we are so desperately trying to preserve.
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)05:54 UTC+1 No.401344 Report

This doesn't come as surprise to me at all. What always takes me by surprise is my inability to recognize my failure as a teacher in getting the message through to the people I think are getting it. Yet time itself will usually make this quite clear. I remember Sensei being just as surprised by his blindness at times as well.

Perhaps you may have guessed by now that disappointment in the actions of people I expect more from shakes my faith in my ability as a teacher and mentor. Sometimes it does. But usually not for long when that passage of my teachers words comes echoing back in my head.
My teacher and I had a conversation a long time ago with a young instructor from another style who thought that martial arts would turn bad people into good people, he was convinced it would convert those who behaved badly into those who would be pillars of society. In the middle of the conversation Sensei turned to me and asked me what I thought about this idea. I told him that I didn't believe that budo training was ever meant to be a cure for the behavior of the worst members of society. I said that I believed it was more like a filter that was meant to sift out the bad early on and continue to refine the numbers of people who eventually make it to the top and would become the leaders. That only the people who exemplified the right character were allowed to continue to receive the deepest insights and abilities that come with great responsibility. I told him that I thought that Budo enhances and illuminates the natural tendencies of the good and the bad and it allows us to better see what actually lies below the surface of the individual. The stories of great budo men were not a product of having created good men from bad. But rather had eliminated most of the undesirable ones and had left the good to carry on as shining examples in our history.

Sensei simply nodded in agreement and said "One thing equals everything."
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)05:55 UTC+1 No.401346 Report

So even now when I am sometimes dismayed and disappointed over the actions or behaviors of fellow budoka, I try to remember that even though I may not be capable of imparting a message that resonates in everyone, the system is still working well. Budo is still helping to illuminate the behaviors of those that need to be sifted out one at a time over time until the true budoka with the correct attitudes are left to impart the highest level of responsibility on to the next generation. The others will find what they are looking for along the way. And they will continually offer the teacher and the rest of the world a look into their hearts and minds by the little things that reflect all of the other things in their lives.

"One thing equals everything"
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)06:06 UTC+1 No.401351 Report

Bagua-jujustu 05/05/14(Mon)06:38 UTC+1 No.401372 Report

I'm sorry but I can't take you seriously. You're learning moves to hurt people. This isn't Japanese theater.
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)06:39 UTC+1 No.401373 Report

>not your blog
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)06:56 UTC+1 No.401386 Report

not him, but the idea that moral development goes hand and hand with fighting is not a new idea. it dates back to the sengoku period. perhaps its just a quark of Japanese philosophy but its there
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)07:10 UTC+1 No.401399 Report

Just some "wisdom" i hear around the club.

"If it fucking hurts, you are doing it wrong."

"Dont piss of the little mermaid, dont call her the little mermaid, in fact dont engage that crazy bitch unless you are a masochist."

"The best way to land a 747 with the number two engine out is try not fuck up the landing."

"Keep calm and dodge"

"Well class, what did we learn today? Dont put your fucking finger in the trigger guard if you dont want it broken! Now shut up and drive your crippled ass to the hospital!"

"I work as an agent for the irs, heres some advice..."

"I work as a teacher, my advice is..."

"I'm a millionaire..., being rich is awesome, until theirs agent starts asking to many questions."

"Just picture a filthy turk raping your mom... good. Now kill him."

"Find the scariest motherfucker in here.... good, thats your new trainer. If you dont have some results in a month- you are a lost cause."


"Dude, told you not to piss off the little mermaid."

I love my gym, we're like a big dysfunctional family.
Anonymous 05/05/14(Mon)07:22 UTC+1 No.401414 Report

My sensei never talks about Budo in a philsophical sense outside of how it directly affects training. Hes fond of mushashi, for his practical tenants.

Hes a stickler for protocol but class is nearly ceremony free. Never once has he talked about character except for how training is affected by discipline and being honest about yiur skills.

He either doesnt give a shit outside of the dojo or I just dont understand him.

Hell I tried asking him about the history of the art we practice and he scoffed like he was annoyed and said to go find some books on the subject.

Its not like he isnt a legit teacher, I reaearched enough to know he holds a blackbelt in 3 schools of traditional JuJutsu.

To be honest, fuck a lot of budo philosophy. Training for rugby would impart the same values. If rugby players had a hundred years in which there was no need for rugby games but kept training young men in rugby having never played a game and then sat around drinking tea and writinf poems rugby would have an equally pretentious philosophy.
Dr. Goblin 05/05/14(Mon)07:44 UTC+1 No.401421 Report

It goes a lot further back and is a lot more universal then that. Unsurprisingly, teaching someone how to hurt people is usually given at least a little bit of something about how they should use that responsibly.
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