Martial Arts -- The Way of Life
Caddybill (Sensei Bill Bauknecht). and I have been planning on getting together again for over a year, but both of us have been putting this meeting off for one reason or another; the time just wasn't right. Over the past month, both he and I have been trying to home-in on a time where we could get together. Finally, on a few days before Christmas, the both of us dropped everything else off our holiday schedules, convened upon a fine restaurant for the afternoon after he took me on a tour of the magnificent house which he is currently building and will be moving into next month. We and discussed with each other how our lives paths had changed because of disease and injury.
What makes one person fight and another wither into the void of defeat is important for young men to study in the martial arts, because most of them will need to draw on that strength in order to survive, and some of them will need to draw from the strongest of strengths in order to make the day pass and hope the sunrise of the following day will bring much better fortune with it, or even just a scoch better then today.
And youse young guys who read this think you can run away and escape the ravages of life, guess again. There is no escape, so heed the words of those who have been where you are now, and are now where you are going to go if you are lucky. Those of us in our fifties -- that is, those of us who have made it this far -- look at the rest of our age group and see how the remaining flock has thinned out. That group is primarily divided into the fighters, and those who give up, or the quitters. The remainder are the few who still remain in ignorant bliss.
Now this write up is really for the young guys, not for us old fogies. It is during your youth that you must make the preparations for the rest of your life. In the martial arts, this means so much more than doing 100 pushups and sit-ups everyday, but everyday plan your strategy for 100. While you are STILL young and healthy, make yourself as strong and as resilient as you can in the trilogy of the mind, body, and spirit. These attributes are like money in the bank, funds which some day you may need to draw from, funds which can no longer be replenished. While you are young and healthy, fight as hard as you can on the karate mat without waiver, because you need to carry your hard-earned skills someday to the mat of life.