filler-of-sorts-post: Explaining KyokuShin Ni-Ju Kun:

or, the 11 mottos of the ultimate truth.

Society for Ultimate Truth, is the name of the school of "martial arts -hmph, i hate this name, martial arts, really! DAMN YOU, BRUCE LEE!-" in which i study.
i am just a beginner taking his first steps.

In KyokuShin, there are basic rules which outline the way for us beginners, i will attempt to explain them, because i believe that they are not limited to any one branch of life, they can be applied in any field should one choose to do so.

i abhor violence of any kind, i am not advertising for anything here, these are just the words of a wise man, i use them to guide me.

ok, here goes:

  • The Martial Way begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.

pretty obvious, I'd think. why be courteous/polite? hmmm. first, being angry and screaming and what-have-you, gives the impression that one is weak, full of hot air and cannot back up one's own words. second, it won't hurt you one bit!

  • Following the Martial Way is like scaling a cliff - continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.

in order to excel in ANY given field in life, i believe one should try his ALL, NOT his/her BEST.

  • Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.

always aim for being the best there is, the one who does most push-ups, the one who gets the highest grades on his/her report, the one who gets the big promotion, the big prize... be motivated. AND, let your motive be the betterment of yourself, your family, and those around you. never seek glory just to show off on tv, or train harder simply to go beat up X or Y, that will make you lose yourself, and i don't mean the EminEm way.

  • Even for the Martial Artist, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.

i am a little guilty here. being a native of Mosul (think Scottish Jokes, think Scrooge McDuck), money has a major role in my life. funny i'm almost always out of it.. ah. money is important, one can not live on thoughts alone, OR or bread alone.
this is something i need to work on.

  • The Martial Way is centred in posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.

posture, is not just the way you sit or stand or walk, it is also the way you speak, and the way you think. start from the outside, and work your way in. correct the way you sit and stand, slowly, the way you speak will change, and the way you think will follow it. you will only benefit from this.
you think the way you stand or think etc. is correct already? fiiiiiine! more power to you! how do we find if something is correct or wrong? simple: honestly ask yourself, if someone did this certain thing to me, would my feelings be positive about it? if yes, hallelujah! if no, think what that person could change in his act to make YOU happy, and act accordingly.

  • The Martial Way begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.

this is not as KyokuShin-specific as it looks. take it from another angle: you are trying to learn poker, in how many hands can you master it? you are trying to learn a new language, in how many days? etc etc.. in short, everything takes time to learn, and MUCH MORE time to master. no one is born knowing what he/she does.

  • In the Martial Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.

and in ANYTHING, always check yourself for faults, no body is perfect, NO BODY. we are ALL human, we are ALL mortal and fallible. (no religious hints or references here at all, honestly, religion/belief/etc is something between YOU and YOUR Creator/Force/Xenu etc. -- yeah, couldn't let it go there! ;) --) hint hint: never criticise people before you are sure you can cover your bases when the return salvo comes. :D

  • The nature and purpose of the Martial Way is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.

the nature of most if not ALL things is the same as well. Universal, in the sense that it transcends any one person. civilization went on only because its members worked together selflessly, not cuz they stood thinking: "hmmm.. i wouldnt benefit from inventing the submarine, hell, i am claustrophobic" -FOR EXAMPLE!- also, they worked more than they talked.
want to see the opposite? the iraqi parliment.

  • The Martial Arts begin with a point and end in a circle. Straight lines stems from this principle.

KaraTe begins with white, and ends in white, in that, no matter how many degrees black yo have, the longer you continue wearing your belt, the more it will begin to fade and fray, returning to the color white. you will be old. weak and frail, with a white belt, as in your original state. if you work till you achieve this state, then you are a great person.

non-KaraTe meaning:

you always return to your starting point. for example, you are born weak, and when you are old, you are weak again. you get a new job that lifts you from unemployment, after 30 yrs (if you're lucky) you retire, unemployed again. in the womb (no religion here, NO religion here!) you begin as almost nothing, just a bunch of cells feeding on its surroundings. in the grave, you are again, almost nothing. just a bunch of cells feeding ITS surroundings.

that doesnt mean i should sit on my laurels waiting for my time to die, no sir, i will make my own mark in this world and benefit myself and others (the straight line mentioned above), and after i die, people will keep on benefiting from my work. think: Edison, think: Nobel, think: Khawarizmi, etc.

  • The true essence of the Martial Way can only be realized through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.

meaning: you can't learn sex from books.

:D Got you there! honestly, you can't learn to do anything, unless you try doing it yourself. simple. always have the guts to try out new things!

  • Always remember: In the Martial Arts the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.

there is a virtue in BuShiDo called Rectitude, my friend KyuBei wrote about it Here. this point here is verrrrry similar. be sure of yourself, decide, and once you decide, follow your decision through. oh, and when your boss gives you a raise, kiss his ass in gratitude.

:D

ahhhhh... the serenity of the void. (yeah riiiiiiiight. i WISH i could attain that state of mind. not now, maybe in 10 more yeas..)

hurrrrrrrrrrm.

next post: Tomb Raider-13, OR how someone threw my dead grandpa down to me in the grave to recieve. (just possibly, i might change my mind. THIS is why my nick is aNarki. my brain threads and deletes trains of thought at random)

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