Saturday, March 12, 2016

Quotes

At the end of the day, Jiu Jitsu isn't about how many people you can tap. Jiu Jitsu is about how many people you can help. Find a way to have Jiu Jitsu in your life. - Tom de Blass.

You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handle properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly. - Miyamoto Mushashi. Especially relevant to Jiu Jitsu techniques.

You are a divine being. You matter, You count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. - Terence McKenna. Useful to remind oneself when one gets bogged down in trivialities.

If you want to improve incrementally, compete, if you want to improve exponentially, co-operate!!!!! - Phil Grapsas

As little as a century ago being caught in association with anything occult related could be a literal death sentence. Given this very real danger it’s understandable why the tradition of secret languages, cryptographic imagery and labyrinthian puzzle work was standard. Some argue that secrecy still has a place in modern times because there is a sexiness inherent in being one of the “chosen” few in a secret society, that you’ll understand the material better if you’ve had to piece it together for yourself and that it keeps out dummies unworthy of the mystery. While these arguments are true to a certain degree, I feel that if someone is “unworthy” they’ll give up out of frustration should they not understand the concepts presented or fall off because of laziness anyway. Better to open up this technology to the masses for experimentation and peer review as this can only serve to refine and improve it. - Bluefluke on occult practices, though it could easily apply to martial arts.