Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 5

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Samurai no Kokoroe – Lesson 5

Warrior Ways

Don’t make an enemy of yourself. (Mizu kara teki o tsukuranai koto)

Don’t be your own worst enemy. Jealousy, greed, envy, self pitty will all ensure you have plenty of obstacles if you try to accomplish something worthwhile in your life. If you treat people with respect and compassion you won’t add to the ...
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The Power of Choice

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The Power of Choice

Bushido

Very often we hear the words, “I can’t.” Or, “I don’t know if I can?” if we listen closely, we will our own voices say these words.
More often then not, we stack the deck against ourselves. We see situations and color them with our own brush. And we often color them with limitations.
This is ...

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Analysis is Paralysis (Part 2)

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“Analysis is Paralysis” Part II

Martial Arts Philosophy

As I wrote about in a previous blog entry, Bushin Ryu students should strive to train with the concept of shugyō, which focuses on the everyday struggle within our training.  One must remain focused on training in our attempts to improve ourselves rather than surrendering to the problem.  The trait of shugyō should be fostered within the self as we work ...

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Martial Arts Philosophy

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Martial Arts Philosophy

Testing (our mettle)

Martial Arts Philosophy

 

Mettle – what a great word. It is defined as “a person’s ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way.” In a nutshell, this is Bushin Ryu testing.

In many dojos, testing is really just a formality – a perfunctory recapping of a certain set of forms. Some ...

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Shugyo

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Shugyō

Shugyo

 By Deshi Mario Matus Villa

As the new year started, like most people, I wondered what this coming year will bring.  I imagine all the things that I would like to do.  I also think about all the things I would like to become.  In the end, I think about all the things that I need to do ...

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Bushin Ryu Training and the Process of Letting Go

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Bushin Ryu Training and the Process of Letting Go

 

“Thus, the aim of practice is not to develop an attitude which allows a person to acquire a state of harmony and peace wherein nothing can ever trouble him/her. On the contrary, … it should enable him/her to dare to let go futile hankering after harmony, sure ease of pain, and a comfortable life in order that he/she may discover, in doing battle with the forces that oppose him/her, that ...

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