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From: Peter Andrada
Date: 16-May-00 | 04:12 PM
From my coach, Mike Reilly of Bison Grappling (Minneapolis MN):
"I am an Artist, pain is my paint, you are my canvas"
and his comment, in reference to submissions (think of the elbow, or ankle, or neck, etc...):
"Isolate, dominate, overwhelm"
and from Coach Greg Nelson, of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy (Brooklyn Park MN):
"The best submission is lack of condition"
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Here's the one I posted - if anyone would like to share htere's cool, but let's keep it 'performance & fear management' oriented if possible.
From: Tony Blauer
Date: 15-May-00 | 05:50 PM
Here's one to carry with you in the street:
"When death is the alternative...injury has it's appeal."
-Col. George Day
I love that one, this warrior survived being shot down in Vietnam, capture, escape attempts, ensuing beatings, gunshot wounds, etc, then 7 years in the [not nearly 4 star] Hanoi Hilton. He's a legend.
Here is one I really like from Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire". I have been using it in training not only for the profound impact for preparation for battle but during and after confrontations as well.
"War is work!"
Va. Beach, VA
here's an old cowboy quote I found
"you can't tell how good a man or a watermelon is 'till
you thump 'em"
"Keep charging the enemy so long as there is life"
Apparently it's an ancient Chinese quote, though I first heard it from a friends fortune cookie.
Either way, I like it.
i got this qoute from my trainer
war is always in motion will you be ready for it
when it comes your way.
Tapped out posted this in the UNdergound:
"Be careful of the toes you step on today, because they might be attached to the ass you have to kiss tomorrow."
toes attached to an ass? weird mental picture
actually that last quote comes from
The Office Prayer
grant me the serenity to
accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the
things I cannot accept,
And the wisdom to
hide the bodies of those people
I had to kill today because they
pissed me off.
Also help me to be careful
of the toes I step on today,
as they may be attached to the ass
I have to kiss tomorrow.
wishing everyone a spectacular day
NO! Not TRY!
DO or DO NOT!
There is no try!
Dogs - even mad dogs - fight, and the losing dog, if he can, runs away.
But no wolf runs.
For a wolf wins every fight but one, and in that one he dies.
Gordon R. Dickson
In ourselves our safety must be sought, By our own right hand it must be wrought"
Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men
as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright
exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ...
Succes and Happiness lie in you. External conditions are the accidents of birth."
'Beware of entrance to a quarrel; but, Being in, bear it, that the opposed may beware of thee.'
what Polonius said to Laertes: (Macbeth)
Hold it the greatest wrong to prefer life to honor and for the sake of life to lose the reason for living"
Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, It seems to me most strange that men should fear death, Seeing that death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
Shakespeare's Julius Ceasar
The harder the conflict
the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly.
It is dearness only that gives everything its value.
I love that man that can smile in trouble
that can gather strength from distress
and grow brave by reflection.
It is the business of little minds to shrink
but he whose heart is firm and whose conscious
approves his conduct will pursue his principles
The American Crisis,
23 December 1776
To every man, there comes in his lifetime, that special moment when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a very special thing, unique to him and fitted to his talents;
What a tragedy if that moment should find him unprepared or unqualified for the work which would be his finest hour.
Sir Winston Churchill
The god of war hates those who hesitate.
Euripides, Heraclidae, circa 425 B.C
God of War qoutes, I love that, I know him!!
Also in the 'toes & ass' qoute, I agree its a weird mental image, but only if you spend too much time visualizing it :-)
The qoute could probably use the word 'person's' added to it, like:
"Be careful of the toes you step on today, because they might be attached to the 'person' who's ass you have to kiss tomorrow."
The harder the road the grater the glory.
"Sweat in the Gym, Don't bleed on the street"
"A mariner never earnt his reputation on a calm sea"
"The important thing is not to stop questioning"
"Everybody has a plan until they get hit"
Old prizefighting saying
"Running away is not escaping, it is simply prolonging the inevitable"
"The ones who go looking for trouble are not as much a problem as those who are ready for it"
"With the right attitude you can only go up, with the wrong one you simnply tumble down"
"The difference between the hero and the coward is what they choose to do with there fear."
"Unless you feel it you can not truely appreciate it"
Gene Le Bell
"The wonderful thing about bluntness is that it gauges the strong and intimidates the weak"
There are so many great ones...but here are a few..
great post Mr Blauer.
Kym Robinson, Australia
Qui bene amat, bene castigat.
(He who loves well, chastises well.)
"If a man cannot be nonviolent even to the extent of letting someone kill him and his family if that is what someone wants to do, then he should learn to be violent because a man who can do niether is a burden to his family."
(No, I couldn't beleive it either. I found it on a thread on the UG forum. I don't care if it's correct or not, I'm for bad mouthing the Mahtma.)
"Courage isnt the abscence of fear
but the realization that their is
something more important"
"For Lack of Training, they lack knowledge,for lack of knowledge, they lack confidence, For lack of confidence, they lack VICTORY."
Here's some of my favorites:
This is the law;
The purpose of fighting is to win;
There is no possible victory in defense,
The sword is more important than the shield,
And skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.
If one does not fail at times then one has not challenged himself sufficiently.
Dr. Ferdinand Porsche
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
Ortega y Gasset
I was willing to make sacrifices. Even while traveling, when there were no facilities. I would spend hours in my hotel room working on my strength. I wanted more than anything else to be a fighter.
Then I wanted to be a good one, and after that a great champion.
Remember, you are the art. Not an ancient master, not a spiffy uniform, and not a book full of
pictures. You must take responsibility for yourself and drill the art into your very being. This is
the essence of being a true martial artist.
If someone asked me what a human being ought to devote the maximum of his time to, I would
answer "Training." Train more than you sleep.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.
Here's a few more...
You never have trouble if you are prepared for it.
There are no such things as dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men.
No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and
being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. You will finish the greater part of it.
If you want to win anything, a race, your self, your life, you have to go a little berserk. If you want
to make a leap in consciousness, or personal growth, or self-esteem, you have to go a little berserk.
You have to have a new vision. You have to become utterly absorbed in another world, in what James
called a new and greater reality. Where you exist as your true and perfect self, the once and
Dr. George Sheehan
THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL SURVIVAL CREED
The will to live, to survive the attack
Must be uppermost in every officer's mind.
Fight back against all odds.
Turn the tables on your attacker.
Don't quit. Get up off the ground.
Seize the initiative. Take every advantage.
Kick. Punch. Scratch. Bite.
Don't give up!
You're going to hurt. You're going to bleed.
But don't quit. Don't give up!
You're going to make it.
You're not just fighting for God and Country;
You're fighting for yourself,
For your family,
For your life.
If the attacker knocks your teeth out,
Swallow them and keep fighting.
Don't let them kill you on some dirty freeway.
NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT (No one attacks me with impunity)
- motto of the 42d Royal Highland Regiment
We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad man is
the choice of the cause.
- William James
Oh heck, here's a few more...
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
Emerson, Journals, 1841
The answer to fear is anger.
- Eric Hoffer
I must not fear. Fear is the Mind-Killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I
will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me, and when it has gone past I will
turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone will be nothing, only I will remain.
The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
(Frank Herbert's "Dune")
If there is no enemy within, the enemy without can do us no harm.
The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.
Not to yield says it all. The enduring, the surviving, does not stop with age. We may even grow
more skillful at it as the years pass. So we do not envy youth. We ask no quarter of life. We
accept no favors. We are men following virtue and knowledge.
Dr. George Sheehan
If one makes a distinction between public places and one's sleeping quarters, or between being on
the battlefield and on the tatami, when the moment comes there will not be time for making
amends. There is only the matter of constant awareness. If it were not for men who demonstrate
valor on the tatami, one could not find them on the battlefield either.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on
At least once, every human being should have to run for his life, to teach him that milk does not
come from the supermarket, that safety does not come from policemen, and that news is not
something that happens to other people.
A man should be both a fox and a lion - a fox so that he can deal with other foxes; and a lion in case
he should fall among wolves.
My center is giving way, my right is pushed back, situation excellent. I am attacking.
Though a warrior be called a dog or a beast, what is basic for him is to win.
(1474 - 1555 A.D.)
I am a fighter who walks, talks, and thinks fighting, but I try not to look like it.
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.
(And one of my favorites...)
Lead with speed, devour with power.
Chu Fen Do
Here's my favorite:
"It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or the doer of deeds could have them better. 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 again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but he who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great devotion; who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails while daring greatly, knows that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)