Tuesday, January 5, 2010


How many martial artists seek nothing more than power over others?

How many seek power over themselves?

How many who have power over others, have no power over themselves?

And yet who, having power over themselves, lacks power over others?

Many people sell their art on the idea of what you can do to others with it. They measure success in martial arts upon the ability of a person to have power over others, typically in a physical sense, but sometimes more than that. For many martial arts teachers the main concern is conflict.

But I am here to share that the person who has power over others, and none over himself, is weak.
The person who has power over himself, who has no power over others, is strong.

The weak look for ways to learn to defeat others.
The strong look for ways to learn to defeat themselves.