Martial Wisdom

This is a page dedicated to the best quotes and stories i have heard relating to martial arts:

  1. Be so strong that nothing can disturb the peace of your mind. 

2. Talk to all people about happiness, health, and prosperity. 

3. Give to all your friends the feeling of being valued. 

4. Look at things by the enlightened point of view and update your optimism on reality. 

5. Think only about the best, work only for the best, and always expect the best. 

6. Be as just and enthusiastic about others victories as you are with yours. 

7. Forget about past mistakes and focus your energy on the victories of tomorrow. 

8. Always make those around you happy and keep a smile to all people who talk to you. 

9. Apply the largest amount of your time on self-improvement and no time in criticizing others. 

10. Be big enough so you can feel unsatisfied, be noble enough so you can feel anger, be strong enough so you can feel fear, and be happy enough so you can feel frustrations. 

11. Hold a good opinion about your self and communicate that to the world, but not through dissonant words but through good works. 

12. Believe strongly that the world is in your side, as long as you stay loyal to the best of yourself. 

Rules of Jiu Jitsu by Carlson Gracie

A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools

Thucydides

Elliminate the negative, accentuate the positive.

It’s not how many breaths you take in a lifetime, it’s how many moments take your breath away.

Duck is not a bird, it’s a command!

You cannot shake hands with clenched fists.

No Pain, no gain

When you’re weak you ACT strong. When you’re strong you PRETEND to be weak.

“Out of clutter, find Simplicity. From discord, find Harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” 

Albert Einstein

Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence. 

Mohandas Gandhi

Courage first; power second; technique third. 

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

Bruce Lee

A warrior may choose pacifism; others are condemned to it. 

Author unknown

 

Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly.

Theodore Roosevelt

A Black Belt is a white belt that never gave up.

 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

Cracked Pots 

A Water Bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But, the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. 

After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the Water Bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologise to you. I have been able to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts”. 


The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my home. Without being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house. 

Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We are all cracked pots. But it is the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are, and look for the good in them. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your life! 


Blessings to all my crackpot friends. 

Best Wishes! 
’Cracked Pot’,