Meditation Point #37

Sensei Post in A Zen Thing, Quotes
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Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another’s appetite as to thine own.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

This expresses perhaps one of the foremost tenents of the Martial Arts, control of yourself. The movements of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our physical self thus allowing us to maintain perfect form. The teachings of the Martial Arts require us to conquer our emotions so that we control our environments effect upon us. The spirit of the Martial Arts requires us to conquer our ego so we gain the clarity necessary to be humble. While many physical arts exhibit shades of these requirements to my knowledge only the Martial Arts requires all. That isn’t to say the all Martial Artists strive for these tenets, especially the last!

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