Monthly Archives: May 2017

My View on The Martial Arts

To begin with, I am just analyzing the relative merit of martial arts as physical education.  I’m not talking style vs style.

Right off the bat, I think karate is great for the youth.  It not only teaches them how to punch and kick really hard, but teaches them how to stand up for themselves, believe in themselves, and never quit.  These are all valuable qualities in life.

There is a lot of good karate out there but there is also a lot of fake karate out there.  Remember what Mas Oyama once said, ‘without sparring, karate is essentially a kind of gymnastics.’

I don’t think MMA is good for people, young people in general.  It teaches them all of the bad qualities of man and none of the good.  I would go further, but I won’t, because I know people who train and teach MMA.

Aikido is a special martial art.  It is ideally suited to physical education, and it teaches defensive principles.  Aikido is essentially a stylized version of weapons grappling, wrestling with weapons.  It is useful for police and military, and for people who aren’t fast and aggressive enough for karate, kickboxing, and MMA.

Also, weapons martial arts like Kali and Escrima are very good.  These are the best for military training.

Whether you do karate, MMA, aikido, judo, or weapons training doesn’t matter, as long as you learn the principle of self control and self restraint.  In the end, karate and hatha yoga has the same end, more mastery over the self.

But in the west, hatha yoga is seen as being for girls, since they are more flexible and peaceful to begin with.  Martial arts training is the un-learning of violence, not the fostering of more violence and aggression and ego.

Once you can do the technique with skill and grace and effortlessness, then you are the expert.  Sports are about winning and losing, but in objective reality, there is only the living and the dead.  And it’s always preferable to be alive than to be dead.

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Not Conforming to Society

Be in the world but not of it.  Is working 9 to 5, Monday thru Friday really worth it?  Who told you, you have to do what others do and value what others value?  I say, do your own thing, but before you reach the level of master or expert, a free spirit will have to endure a lot of hardship before they finally get to the lifestyle they want to live.

I know money is a real issue, and you need food, shelter, and clothing.  That is obvious.  But really, aren’t you doing too much?  Why is living on a fixed income so looked down upon in this country?  What does your money buy you?

I shop at a regular supermarket, a Stop n Shop here on long island.  There’s a lot of food there.  Whatever your heart desires.  But most people don’t even know what to get to benefit themselves.  They have no real education, so they spend too much money and eat too many calories and end up patients of the medical establishment.

There’s no need for a fancy supermarket like Whole Foods, unless you are a gourmet and insist on the best quality.  You can live a long time in the land of abundance if you know what to choose.

Knowledge is Power, and a self directed education is the key to living a full life.

Martial Exercise and Physical Culture

My blog is a blog about fitness and Taoist nutrition.  I’m getting to the point where I am tired of talking about protein and vegetables and I must resume exercising in order to really be in condition.

Tai Chi, it’s relative Qi Gong, Aikido and Yoga are all great physical arts for improving fitness, health, flexibility, and longevity.  There are harder martial arts out there for you to do, but they involve sparring and competition and getting knocked down.  Soft martial arts and yoga is the way to increase the circulation of blood and qi (breath/energy).

Dieting is not enough.  If you ate a perfect diet but didn’t exercise at all, you would be normal bodyweight but wouldn’t be fit.  And that’s not the way to be.  If you are physically active, not only do you get other health benefits from working out, but your metabolism gets faster and you burn off impurities in your diet with more efficiency.  Exercising a lot makes up for not eating perfect all the time.

Don’t get me wrong, dieting is the best way to lose weight, but there comes a point where you must start incorporating exercise into your routine.  I read in a book on conditioning for judo that the best exercise equipment you can use is a partner.  Working out in groups is a lot more fun than working out by yourself, and hence the fitness industry is doing well for itself.

That’s all I got to say for now about exercise, besides I need to exercise also.  And I’m at the point where student has become the master and I should be a teacher of martial art and sport culture, but this means an investment of every evening and weekend for a long, long time.  And that is a big commitment.

What Can You Do?

The world is completely fallen and depraved.  Nothing is right with it.  It’s just an illusion.  What can you do, you who consider yourself a good person?  Let me throw my two cents in and make a few suggestions for improvement.

Good people don’t take sides.  Good people are in the world but not of it.  Good people don’t care to watch TV news or read about what is going on in other parts of the world.  It’s all bad and it’s all depressing.  Good people have integrity, they have character, and scruples.

If you really are a good person, and not one of the 7 billion who just say they are but really are corrupt and fallen, here’s a few suggestions for you.  I’m only trying to help.

First of all, you vote with your dollar bill.  How you spend your money shapes how the economy and geopolitics moves.  If you continue buying cornfed beef and chicken from a factory farm than you are voting for more factory farms.  If you are too poor to afford quality beef and chicken, than that’s a different story.

Second of all, don’t believe in gurus.  That includes teachers, doctors, experts, and karate senseis.  They’re all fake.  They’re so fake, they fake it as they preach to you.  If you get a piece of knowledge from somewhere, test it out in the real world and see if it works for you.  Experience is the best teacher.  You learn by doing.

Next, find cheap entertainment.  That means, new movies in a theater, the latest hip hop album download, and the latest bestseller are all a monumental waste of time and money.  The Library is a treasure trove of accumulated knowledge.  The whole world is in the library, every subject of human endeavor imaginable.  And it’s all free to you.

Next, religion is a hoax.  We’ve been so brainwashed by our upbringing to believe in the mythology of mesopotamian semites that the real meaning of religion has been lost.  Judeochristian theology and sweet Jesus doesn’t have a lot to offer the modern man.  Of course, there are universal principles that every holy man of every tradition knows, the truth is universal.  The shortcut to wisdom, happiness, contentment, and peace is personal meditation, personal philosophy (obviously building on the established ancient masters), and a discipline called lovingkindness, which is even greater than the discipline of Brazilian Jiujitsu.  Everybody should meditate, and everybody should be acquainted with the wisdom of the masters, but above all, kindness and affection is the real cure.  Man cannot live without love.

Finally, to conclude this brief and incomplete list, don’t listen to the critics.  Get tough.  I’m sure you have criticized others based on distorted half truths, so don’t get angry when they use half-truths against you.  Nobody is 100% good or 100%evil.  Every human being is a mixture of good and bad, dark and light, male and female, etc…  People are very kind towards their blood relatives but shockingly cruel against people, animals, and other living beings that are not related to them.  If only we could see ourselves as one soul in a cosmic ocean of souls, how different the world would be!

As long as the world is fallen from grace, and suffering and evil the prevailing quality of life, the most you can do is find the cure to your own misery.  Help other people and you will help yourself.  A selfish person can’t be happy in this world.  This is the realm of the unhappy ones.  Like it says in the Gita, ‘nourishing one another, you will be nourished in turn…but he who takes from the Gods and gives nothing back, is a thief.’

Street-Corner Blues

I only know long island, because that is where I live and I don’t travel much.  But walk down any main road in new york, and you will see a 711, a dunkin donuts, and/or a starbucks.  Someone is selling cheap dairy, sugar, and grain, and someone is consuming it with glee and someone is profiting off of this exchange.

Don’t blame the Pakistani guy at the counter of the 711.  Don’t blame the truckdrivers for needing a cup of strong coffee to stay awake at the wheel.  And don’t blame the young men and women who work at Starbucks.  They’re not that rich, and they’re just facilitating you ruining your own health.  It’s a neutral act, not an evil act.

It’s really business, media, and politics to blame.  Some people are profiting off your ignorance and misery.  They want you to keep eating junk and keep getting sick and keep going to the medical doctor to get pharmaceuticals, which in turn makes you more hungry, tired, and obese.  This system is rigged.

In fact, all of this society is designed to defeat you, the good simple man.  It’s designed to drain you slow, to rob you, to beat you down.  And the only cure is to work hard every day, spend less than you earn, and not be so materialistic.  Less is more.  Money is the root of all evil.  If you are not content to be on a fixed income, get an education and find a line of work you enjoy.  Work isn’t work if you enjoy it.

Holy men and yogis leave the world of men because it is so evil and worthless.  But rather than being a monk on the mountain chanting ‘hare krishna’, it is better to be in the world but not of it.  I don’t want to be a celibate monk living off of alms.

I want to work and marry, because power and pleasure feels good.  And joy is the meaning of life.  It’s that simple.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

Less is more, not more is more, silly!

A little bit of something is better than a lot of it.  It’s obviously better than nothing too.  The Buddha said, ‘moderation destroys all sorrow.’  By being moderate, you enjoy what you want but you don’t wear yourself out getting more than you need to experience this new thing.

A perfect diet won’t get you anywhere.  It creates more problems in acquiring it than having it solves.  There comes a point in dieting when you must start exercising, to cap things off.  The Law of Diminishing Returns.

To take this analogy further, into an example, why marry a supermodel, when you can just date an ordinary looking woman?  What extra benefit do you get from a high priced woman?  The point is to do the bare minimum and let God take care of the rest.  An average woman in a short term (like a few years is short to me) relationship is better than acquiring a supermodel.  A little bit of something is better than too much.  Less is more.  The Law of Diminishing Returns.

The same applies to exercise even.  If you overtrain, you do more harm than good.  Just push yourself past your comfort zone and then rest.  That is the way to grow constantly.  Even huge bodybuilders (won’t name any names) don’t age well because they can’t keep up that intensity of training their entire lives.  And time gets the best of you.  Just do easy exercise, day in and day out, and grow old with no need to be restored to perfection.

Doing nothing means you get nothing.  But doing too much means you get an early grave.  When you realize enough is enough, this is abiding contentment indeed.