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jackie adams
04-16-2012, 02:14 PM
"The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war."

04-17-2012, 02:12 AM
«Nothing is more obvious in a man than what he tries to conceal» (Musashi)
I judge it martial too because it becomes particularly evident in duel, if you can keep your attention on your adversary's face rather than on the mess.

Nicholas Eschenbruch
04-17-2012, 03:26 AM
"Aikido may not be very good at destryoing others, but it is quite good at building oneself"
Picked that up from aikido-L years ago I think, would actually like to know who said it and what the exact wording was.

"Aikido is about transforming the fear of falling into the art of flying."
Liked that particularly as a kyu grade, but still find it inspiring.

"Higher self through harder contact"
The Dog Brothers. Love it.

And a long one to finish:
"In the long run developing and sticking to an austere lifestyle does much to foster clarity and solidify our path in life. By its very nature an austere lifestyle divests us of the extranious activities and distractions that muddy our lives and create complicated issues out of the most mundane relationships. Ever notice how many of the so called masters lived simple lives and were sometimes called "child like" and/ or fiercely determined? I think that sort of focus and simplicity fosters a superior way to live a life. It's not for everyone and its not a question of right and wrong. But it has a virtue all its own. You focus in, and the things of the world sort of just fall away. Your focus, makes your reality. It is shugyo"
Now guess who said that.

04-17-2012, 06:07 AM
"Hot head needs cool water."

~Bruce Leroy

04-17-2012, 06:17 AM
“Base words are uttered only by the base
And can for such at once be understood;
But noble platitudes — ah, there's a case
Where the most careful scrutiny is needed
To tell a voice that's genuinely good
From one that's base but merely has succeeded.”

- W. H. Auden

04-17-2012, 06:38 AM
"As fruits ungrateful to the planter's care / On savage stocks inserted learn to bear; / The surest Virtues thus from Passions shoot, / Wild Nature's vigor working at the root."
Metaphor in Context As fruits ungrateful to the planter's care
On savage stocks inserted learn to bear;
The surest Virtues thus from Passions shoot,
Wild Nature's vigor working at the root.
What crops of wit and honesty appear
From spleen, from obstinacy, hate, or fear!
See anger, zeal and fortitude supply;
Ev'n av'rice, prudence; sloth, philosophy;
Lust, thro' some certain strainers well refin'd,
Is gentle love, and charms all womankind:
Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave,
Is emulation in the learn'd or brave:
Nor Virtue, male or female, can we name,
But what will grow on Pride, or grow on Shame.
(Epistle II, ll. 181-194)

Pope, Alexander (1688-1744)
An Essay on Man; or The First Book of Ethic Epistles to H. St. John L. Bolingbroke
Date 1733-4

Rob Watson
04-17-2012, 12:47 PM
"DUCK" ... unknown author.

04-21-2012, 02:08 AM
"You ask too many questions, shut up and practice."

My first sensei.


Mary Eastland
04-21-2012, 07:09 AM
Teach what you know.

Ron Ragusa.

04-24-2012, 08:25 PM
Karate is a form of martial arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.
- Dave Barry

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself
- Chinese Proverb

Howard Popkin
04-26-2012, 04:39 PM
"My teacher died 30 years ago. I haven't received rank since then, yet people continue to ask me for rank. Is it really so important ?"

Okamoto Seigo of the Roppokai.