Berichten in categorie: Philosophy

Quotes 

Enthusiasm is contagious. You can start an epidemic. - Unknown
Don't take candy from strangers. Best security advice ever. - Unknown
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does NOT exist in nature. - Unknown
EVOLVE - Ken
I am a human being NOT a chair ! - Ken
You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else. - FightClub
Give more to people than they can ever give you back and you will be a happy person. - Ken
Life is a joke... better smile ! - Ken
Now you are about to die, what would you wish you'd done before you died ? - FightClub
I want a girl that spends more time on her back than Royce Gracie. - Unknown
Obey, Consume, Conform - Them
donderdag, januari 21, 2016 Categories: Philosophy
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Knowledge ... 

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."

Immanuel Kant
donderdag, mei 12, 2005 Categories: Notities Philosophy Quotes
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Do you know ? 

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not is a fool. Shun him.

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a student. Teach him.

He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Wake him.

He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise. Follow him

woensdag, mei 11, 2005 Categories: Notities Philosophy
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Absorb what is useful  

Learning what is useful in the martial arts is not contained within the four walls of a dojo. dojang, gwoon, studio or academy. Learning and absorbing usable knowledge is not located within the structure of your style or system, whether it is Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Thai, Indonesian, Okinawan, Burmese, Filipino, French or whatever. Learning comes from all your contacts, experiences and all facets of your life. The assimilation of learning is called knowledge and the proper use of knowledge is called wisdom.

Knowledge in martial arts can come from fields outside the martial arts. Knowledge can come from your peers, your elders, your juniors, your teachers, your students and even from your mistakes.
 
Sometimes in a light conversation outside of a class room, you can become aware of a concept that a two-hour classroom lecture didn't reveal to you. Your friends in different martial arts such as Aikido, Jujitsu, Bando, Penjak Silat, Savate, street fighting, boxing or wrestling can help your growth if you empty your cup and taste their tea, rather than trying to convince them that your tea is better, and let it permeate your mind, body and soul. Both of your cups will be richer for the experience.
In the early 50's and 60's, most martial arts were prejudiced against other methods or were too proud to learn another style. It is a pity, because I feel you can learn from every contact you make. I believe you owe your allegiance to truth, knowledge and personal growth. Some people give their alliance to their style or to their instructor. I feel this is a noble gesture, as long as it doesn't restrict your quest for total knowledge. I believe you owe your allegiance to personal growth as well as to a particular style, system or person.

I personally encourage my students to study and to look into other systems and other instructors, as long as they are respectful to all parties concerned. No art, person, culture or thing is intrinsically better than any other. A Porsche is no better than a hollowed out canoe in the jungles of the Amazon. I try to bring instructors from many different styles into my Academy as guest instructors to help my students grow. No system has it all. Each system has something to offer and together, they yield a better, more well-rounded martial artist. 
I think it is important for an instructor to remain a student at heart always-to constantly seek better ways of training and execution. It is important to be creative and to experiment and to seek help in areas where you lack expertise. Even a teacher with a doctor's degree in U.S. history needs to seek help when he needs information about Southeast Asia.

I consider myself very fortunate to have so many wonderiful guides to help me grow in this life. My father, my mother, my martial arts instructors, my schoolteachers and my many friends have all helped in my growth, self-improvement and development. The goal of martial arts is not for the destruction of an opponent, but to be used as a tool for self-growth and self perfection. The practice of a martial art should be a practice of love-the love for the preservation of life, the love for the preservation of your body the love for the preservation of your family and friends.  

Free Voice - Issue 1 - Volume 2 - Spring 1997

donderdag, april 7, 2005 Categories: JKD Notities Notities Philosophy
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Never stop questioning ... 

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing . . . Never lose a holy curiosity."

Albert Einstein
woensdag, februari 23, 2005 Categories: Didaktiek Notities Notities Philosophy Quotes
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Excellence ... 

"Excellence is to do common things in an uncommon way."

Booker T. Washington
dinsdag, januari 11, 2005 Categories: Didaktiek Notities Notities Philosophy Quotes
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Without system, what is there to teach ? 

Lee is not interested in teaching and says "The usefulness of the cup is in its emptiness. I don't believe in system or methods, Mr Longstreet, and without system -method - what is there to teach?"

Longstreet replies that he wasn't born knowing how to fight like that.

Lee admits, "True. But I found the cause of my ignorance."

Longstreet humbly asks, "Help me to find mine."

From Longstreet
woensdag, juli 7, 2004 Categories: Didaktiek Notities Notities Philosophy
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