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Those who attain…

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012

I like this.   It speaks of Warrior wisdom, and truth so evident in those who fail to reach for the stars: “There is a danger of frittering away your energies by taking up an idea only for its novelty, and then giving it up for another that is newer.  Take one thing up and [...]


Wednesday, 15 August, 2012

When someone close to you says you should think yourself lucky… …you are getting a wage… …you’ve got a steady job… …there are others worse off… …pretending they love you when they come out with that,  then it’s time to grit teeth because that is not really love, that is control.  Condescension keeping you down and holding [...]

The Brave Life

Sunday, 5 August, 2012

Last Sunday’s grading,  a nice shot copped, result: a cracking good shiner,  a bloodshot eye, a suspected chipped orbital bone (there’s now a small, immovable, sharpish lump that wasn’t there before, no great pain though –  opinions welcome). Yes, it’s been an interesting week.  Working in the family butcher shop these past six days I’ve had [...]

Draw on your grit

Sunday, 15 July, 2012

Fact of life:  seemingly dedicated students come and go, for whatever reason: time constraints, injury, lost interest, whatever. The thing I want to know is, why start in the first place?  Why come through the door? What for your presence? People get into the martial arts for a reason and my belief is most quit before [...]

The pursuit of freedom

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012

Stick with things as they are, compromise dreams and passions for a regular life, forget who you really are, stoke no fires in your heart,  give up your precious time to dull routine that demands so little from you…on and on…and no one will ever fault you. Or fight and know nine times knocked down, [...]

The trail of the true human being

Thursday, 24 May, 2012

“I was just thinking that of all the trails in this life there is one that matters most. It is the trail of a true human being. I think you are on this trail and it is good to see. ”  Kicking Bird to John Dunbar, Dances with Wolves 1990 I don’t really want to [...]

Runner 786…a True Warrior

Tuesday, 29 November, 2011

There’s no doubt in my mind Ultra Runners are real warrior’s in every sense of the word, and so I consider myself very fortunate to know one particularly kind-hearted soul who’s more or less made it his mission these past few years to suffer, as well as enjoy, some pretty awe-inspiring slogs for his noteworthy [...]

R.I.P. Andy Whitfield

Sunday, 18 September, 2011

Short Post and tribute to Spartacus star Andy Whitfield who recently died age 39 of non-Hodgkin lymphoma A true warrior in every sense, Champion of Capua, The Bringer of Rain, you played so well. Gratitude.

Defeat: A Warrior’s Perspective

Saturday, 23 July, 2011

Playing devils advocate here, it seems to me hero’s are quite often hero’s because they shoot from the hip and mostly succeed – pitch the other side of the coin and what are they then? My answer: the same person they would have been had they not failed – except, however, now rudely enlightened! Of [...]

Warrior’s: the World Needs You!

Sunday, 19 June, 2011

A wee while back on Martial Arts Planet I read a thread by a guy who had witnessed a late night stramash, as they say here in Scotland,  in which he saw some guy raging in a poor woman’s face. Long story short, watching the happening didn’t make him feel good as in the end [...]