True Martial Arts and the Job of a Warrior
The martial arts and the concept of self-protection is much
more than mere punching and kicking, or the development of
skill with a weapon. Just as a martial artist or, in the grander
sense, a warrior-protector, in engaged in much more than the
mere study of violence and violent methods.
This is just as so now as it has been for the past several
thousand years. Regardless of the term we use to describe
The warrior is one who understands that his job or purpose
is not about killing, fighting, or dying...
...it's about living.
The true warrior understands that, while there is a need for
those who can protect themselves and others from the hatred
and animosity of others, ultimately these skills are to be
used to insure the harmonious continuation of the highest
achievements of mankind: Love, Peace, & the successful achievement
of one's Dreams.
At Warrior Concepts International, students are required to
study and reflect so that they might come to an understanding
of the difference between a...
and a... Warrio
r How about you? What do you think, if anything, makes these
three types of combatants, different?
Certainly, if we were to look up any one of theses words in
a dictionary or thesaurus, it's quite likely that we'd find
one or both of the other two words in the definition.
It cannot be argued that each one fights. In fact, if we were
to look only at the actions and techniques used when each
is engaged in combat, it would be difficult to tell the difference
between them. But...
...there is a difference.
Quite a few actually but, for now, let's take a look at a
primary, philosophical difference - the "reason" that each
chooses to fight.
THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE INTENTION AND MOTIVATION - NOT
IN THE DEED
The Fighter fights for reward. There is a payoff of some kind
for this individual. He or she is either seeking to attain
something (fame, money, etc.), or they seek to prevent these
things from being taken from them.
The Soldier fights because it is his job. Certainly, there
may indeed be philosophical reasons behind his decision to
fight (family, community, country), but the soldier is a minion
of the State. He or she has absolutely no choice as to who
the "enemy" will be or who they are protecting us from.
The Warrior, on the other hand, fights to restore Peace. He
fights because there is no other choice and does so to defend
something (philosophy, family, etc.) outside of himself. And,
when he fights, it is with an enemy of his own choosing and
never for selfish, self-serving reasons.
The warrior, though often called upon to engage in conflict
using the same methods as that of mere fighters and soldiers,
does so, not for the sake of conflict, but because all else
has failed and he must resort to violent conflict to stop
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