Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
— Bruce Lee
We do not rise to the level of our expectations.
We fall to the level of our training.
— Archilochus, Greek Soldier, Poet, c. 650 BC
Strategy of Lao Tzu, often used by the arts of Aikido, Judo and Jiu-Jitsu: “Ju Yoku Go O Seisu,” meaning “Gentleness Controls Strength.”
Jiu-Jitsu is for the protection of the individual, the older man, the weak, the child, the lady and the young woman — anyone who doesn’t have the physical attributes to defend themselves. — Helio Gracie
FEARLESS: Train the skills to absolutely defend yourself against the threat of physical violence. Gain the complete confidence to never back down from bullying or intimidation. (Foundation Framework 4 of 4.)
Imagine you’re a kid in school dealing with almost daily abuse from a bigger, stronger bully. Your parents and other kids say, “Stand up for yourself.” While you’d like nothing better, you know standing up would result in getting beat down. Self-preservation kicks in and results in fear-based strategies that turn you into a very good victim.
The lessons taught by fear can turn the world into a prison. If you are afraid of getting hurt you invent reasons or excuses to not try. That mental turning point of backing down to the bully can repeat itself everywhere; defeatism and risk avoidance work their way into sports, careers, relationships… into life.
But what if you knew — with absolute certainty — that you would not get hurt? That you could stand up to the bully and all of his size, strength and aggression were useless? If you had the confidence to know that whatever happened in life, you could deal with it, and never back down?
When you have trained to conquer the worst-case scenario of the bigger, stronger person dominating and defeating you, everything else in life is — by comparison — easy. When you gain absolute confidence in your reflexes, when you know someone else cannot hurt you, you become a very bad victim.
You become fearless.
Yoga is both a personal expression and a private odyssey. It is the martial art of the soul, and the opponent is the strongest you’ve ever faced: your ego. — Scott Sonnon
If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
— Bruce Lee