The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is
marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes
short and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends
himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows the triumph of high
achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring
greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who
know neither victory nor defeat.
President Theodore Roosevelt
One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with
noble risks, is worth years of those mean observances of paltry decorum in
which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh,
without either honor or observation.
Sir Walter Scott
There are no superior martial arts, only superior martial artists!
It's not who's right, but who's left.
It doesn't matter what your instructor can do. He won't be there to help you
in the street. The only thing that matters is what you can do!
David James - Vee Arnis Jitsu
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and
leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the
man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.
Edward B. Butler, American Scientist
Desire is the key to motivation, but it's the determination and commitment
to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will
enable you to attain the success you seek.
He who claims to know all is a fool, for his learning has ceased; He who
knows naught and knows he knows naught is the enlightened one; For his wisdom is great.
I'd rather have ten techniques I can fight with, than a hundred that fight
Remember, a successful fighter is one who has learned to select, correctly,
the strokes he has been taught.
Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune
Do, p 195
If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods, but if you learn
the principles behind the methods, you can devise your own methods.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'd rather be a student of reality, than a master of fantasy.
How you train is how it will come out.
It is better to know and not need, than to need and not know.
Prof. Leonard C. Holifield, Ph.D./MA.,
Remember, practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.
Doing 10 properly executed kicks is infinitely more valuable than doing 100
poorly executed kicks.
When pure knuckles meet pure flesh, that's pure Karate, no matter who
executes it or whatever style is involved.
No man ever acheived worthwhile success who did
not, at one time or other, find himself with at least one foot hanging well
over the brink of failure.
Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
The first thing I suggest to anyone interested in studying karate is that he
or she take stock of his or her physical condition and limitations. A person
who is short and powerfully built with a low center of gravity would do well to
investigate judo. Males or females who are already limber or want to become
more flexible might find one of the Korean styles - such as taekwondo or hapkido - of interest. Someone with fast hands and good
coordination who is not adverse to a hard workout should look into Japanese
karate styles, such as gojo-ryu or shotokan karate. A slightly built person who is not very
strong may find jujitsu or aikido appealing because these styles turn an
opponent's strength against him. An older person would do well to consider tai
chi, one of the most ancient of the martial arts, which is still practiced
daily by millions of elderly people in China.
Chuck Norris - The Secret of Inner Strength, p173
Nothing happens by itself, it all will come your way, once you understand
that you have to make it come your way, by your own exertions.
The more you sweat the less you bleed!
Once you stop giving, you're gonna start getting!
Context - Never stop striking a man until he is either down, unconscious, or
something is broken and he's unable to fight!
You think what we do is violent, the streets
are violent, what an attacker might do to you is violent, the whole situation
is violent. For 30 seconds you have to become someone else! There is no
effortless self-defense. You have to earn the right to make it back home safely
to your family!
In every passionate pursuit, the pursuit counts more than the object
Bruce Lee - Tao of Jeet Kune
Do, p 207
Black belt is not something you get, it's something you become.
A Black belt is a White belt that never quit.
There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, find a new one.
Chuck Norris - The Secret of Inner Strength, p 4
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