The Warrior Within
Just who and what is the ultimate warrior? What does it mean to be a warrior in the twenty first century? The Encarta encyclopedia dictionary describes a warrior as “someone who fights or who is experienced in warfare, a fighter, and a combatant.” In the Chiricahua Apache Nation, to be admitted as a warrior a young man had to go with the warriors of his tribe four times on the warpath. On each trip he would be given inferior food to eat. He was not allowed to complain. He was a servant, cared for the horses, did the cooking and performed any chore that needed to be done without being told to do so. He could not speak unless first spoken to by the warriors. If all the warriors were satisfied that the young man was industrious, did not speak out of order, had shown courage in combat, shown no fear or cowardice or weakness of any kind, he may by vote of the council be admitted to the warrior class, at the lowest level, but only if the vote was unanimous.
So, what does all this have to do with the martial arts? Plain and simple, martial arts mean “military or fighting arts”, whether it be the American Apache, European Knight, or Far Eastern Samurai. The common strand that links this all together is that their tests and trials for entrance into these closed societies were very demanding, tough, and rigorous. Only the best made the grade. That is how it used to be when a candidate in the 50’s and 60’s was striving to earn his/her black belt, (Before W.D.B.B. – watered down black belt came along, but that is another topic.) There are still a handful of tough black belt warriors and martial styles around who refuse to knuckle under. When is a real martial- artist the ultimate warrior?
The Ultimate Warrior spends his entire life sharpening his combat skills. He learns to walk without fear. He practices to defend as if his very life depends on it. The warrior learns the vital striking areas, always aiming to hit them during his workouts. The warrior practices his kata as if he is in actual combat. He is striving for endurance, balance, co-ordination and speed. He realizes that strong and accurate form will condition his body and instill discipline, which separates the warrior from the brawler. He knows that defeat in combat could mean a death sentence. All this is incased in respect that always shows up in the ultimate warrior’s personality, one who can take out an opponent in a matter of seconds, but who is also willing to help that little old lady across the street. The warrior is not afraid of failure. His creed “Far better to fail in an honorable cause than to succeed in a cowardly one.”
For you warriors seeking a code of conduct, listen to the boy scouts law, and adopt it.
A. Scout (warrior) is
3. Character in Martial Arts history has seldom failed the warrior. Were he to performs without character, a thousand ghosts would rise from the past, thundering these magic words.
Knows that the pursuit of excellence is at the very core of the martial way.
4. Real warriors devote many years to learning their craft. They spend untold hours in training halls. They pay with sweat, tears, and blood. You will never be a true warrior until you develop?
A. Muscular strength and endurance
B. Aerobic Capacity
D. Healthy Habits
1. To build strength the warrior must do progressive resistance, or weight training. No doubt about it, this is strenuous work and not pleasant to do. The goal is to drive the muscles to the point of failure, rupturing body cells. Lifting weights will accomplish this. Train all parts of your body equally. A days rest is needed between workouts. Don’t work any muscle groups two days in a row.
2. An aerobic exercise strengthen the heart and lungs, improves circulation, reduces body fat, lowers blood pressure, and improves overall health. The warrior’s goal is to increase his capacity for prolonged, vigorous, physical activity. Learn to develop your fast twitch and slow twitch muscles at the same time. Perform a slow, hard style, powerful kata with power, energy and form. (Slow twitch muscles.) Next, perform a softer flowing kata using utmost speed until you are exhausted (fast twitch muscles), then perform another slow hard kata, followed by a softer, faster kata. Build up slowly until you can perform all your major katas in this manner, back to back to back. In time, you will be in excellent physical aerobic shape.
3. A warrior needs flexibility and suppleness to execute his techniques quickly and smoothly. When exercising, your muscles grow stronger, but also shorter as well. The more you work your muscles, the less flexibility you will have. So stretch and stretch. The key time to stretch your muscles is after a hard workout.
4. Healthy habits is healthy eating. The warrior avoids putting lots of fats into his body, and burns out any amount that does get there. Concentrate on eating complete carbohydrates, and avoid excess protein. Hard exercises burn clycogen for energy. First from your muscles, then from your blood. When you run out of clycogen you simply cannot continue on. However, moderate exercises allow your body time to begin metabolizing the fat molecules in your blood stream before your clycogen burns out. After about twenty minutes you are burning the fat that you do not want stored in your body.
5. Warriors are special people who understand the concept of honor. They set their ethical standards above the rest of society. Since warriors pattern their lives around the pursuit of excellence, they tend to achieve in their chosen career fields. The ultimate warrior is a man/woman of character, wisdom and insight. They belong to an elite group. They, think feel and act like a warrior. They allow their personal excellence to separate them from the average person.
6. In martial arts, there are warriors and non-warriors. Not everyone is suitable for combat. It has been said that there are no superior martial arts; there are only superior warriors. However, a blend or mixture of arts that combine foot and kicking drills, hand defenses and attacks, grappling and ground work, bending and twisting maneuvers, mat work, sparring and weapons training is close to become a superior art. It simply allows for multi-faceted defenses and attacks, which gives the warrior more choices when put in harms way. Where once warriors trained to die, they now train to live. A warrior makes training a daily regimen with improvement being a constant preoccupation. Physical conditioning, technical proficiency, tactical fluency, spiritual strength, and emotional control are the rules that the warrior lives by. Training everyday includes academic study and research, and does not mean that you have to physically train seven days a week. Physical development is tempered by intellectual growth. There must be time set aside for play and relaxation.
are always under control. They are in this thing for the long haul. The warrior
understands that “tomorrow’s battle is won in today’s practice.” The ultimate
warrior is “fast as the wind, quiet as the forest, aggressive as fire, and
immovable as a mountain.”(Samurai battle banner: Living the
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