The path to becoming a warrior is not an easy one, because at its core is discipline. A warrior is a master of spherical awareness, ever vigilant with their head on a swivel. They know their operational environment, can improve, adapt and overcome all adversities, and while they’re able to accept that they aren’t invincible, they never run from adversity; instead, they face it head-on. The warrior fights with their mind, body, and soul, and while they have emotions, they must master keeping them at bay to fight without letting them interfere with their clarity and lucidity. None of these things will come easily, so do not be discouraged. The only path to master anything, particularly the warrior arts, is via hard work and diligence. It is particularly difficult to master anything in the physical world until you conquer the demons in your head that foster such impediments as fear, anxiety, panic, and self-doubt. Once you can eliminate these counterproductive and debilitating thoughts, you can move forward in mastering the warrior mindset.
Happy Memorial Day! We hope everyone is enjoying their extended weekend and taking some time to remember the servicemen and women who have died serving our country.
It took me long enough but I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). Also, I made the President’s list for academic achievement.
The President’s List is an academic achievement awarded to a select group of students. To be eligible, a student must compile an academic GPA of 3.7 – 4.0.
Sewing, a skill that was beneficial back in the day. Wait a minute, it’s a skill you should still have and master it. Knowing how to sew can come in handy. It is better to repair something than spend the money. For example, let’s say you have a hole in a sock. Why would you trash it when you can repair it? Save your money for something better. What if your in a emergency situation and there’s no way to call for help? Wounds need stitches. Power is out and you can’t use the sewing machine. Learn how to sew by hand. Think of sewing as a survival skill, an essential skill that you should know and need when in a SHTF situation.
From India to the Hawaiian Islands
History of Kenpo (Oral Tradition)
From India to China
Martial techniques and practices were found in one of the centers of a country, for Kenpo, it was India. In ancient India, ethnic groups developed their own system of armed combat, unarmed combat, and to include meditation and conditioning. Like other countries, India’s martial art systems influenced neighboring countries such as Thailand, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc.
In ancient India, the people were organized into a caste or social groups that will maintain order throughout the country of India. One of the castes developed a martial art system called Vajra Mushti. Vajra means “thunderbolt” or “diamond” and Musti means “closed hand” or “fist.” Vajramushti is believed to be the bloodline of the Buddha’s family. This is where Bodhidharma or Daruma lineage came from. Before Vajramushti was taught in China, the martial art system was introduced to the Tibetan people.
In the year 525 A.D., an Indian monk named Bodhidharma or (in Japanese, he is called Daruma and in Chinese, he is called Da Mo); the founder of Dyhana or (in Chinese, Ch’an and in Japanese, Zen), traveled to China during the Liang Dynasty to teach Emperor Wu the true meaning of Buddhism. However, Emperor Wu was known for his stubbornness and did not believe Bodhidharma’s teachings. The Emperor’s stubbornness leads him to defeat and captivity under general Hou Jing. After the fall of Emperor Wu, Bodhidharma traveled to the northern Chinese Kingdom of Wei Dynasty (Henan Providence) where he meditated in a cave near the famous Shaolin Monastery. Bodhidharma taught the monks Dyhana or (in Chinese, Ch’an). But it was not Bodhidharma who was the first to introduce the monks’ martial arts, it was the founder of the Shaolin temple, who is Indian Monk Batuo. Batuo established the Shaolin temple in year 495 A.D. and it is believed that he was the one to teach the Shaolin monks WuGong (martial arts or Kung Fu). One of the first of the system of Kung Fu was Vajramushti. But Batuo mission was not to only teach Kung Fu, he was to educate disciples about Buddhism. The Shaolin monastery translated Indian Buddhist scriptures into native Chinese Languages to educate the people of China. In that time, Buddhism was not known as a religion but an education system.
As Bodhidharma continued to teach the monks Dyhana, he discovered that the monks lacked inner spiritual strength. Bodhidharma than developed a form of movements called, Yi Jin Jing or Muscle-Tendon Changing. These set of movements help develop the monks internal and external strength. It was used to improve health and change their physical bodies from weak to strong. By this form, Bodhidharma established a new concept of Dyhana. The concept was to bring Dyhana and Wu Gong together as one; both internal and external practice. The art of Vajramushti was now both martial and religious practice.
From China to Okinawa
Over the years, the Shaolin martial arts system was later to be known as Chuan Fa or Law of the Fist rather than Vajramushti. The development of Chuan Fa was a foundation of all Shaolin martial art system. The art then influenced the islands of Okinawa. The people of Okinawa called Chuan Fa, Kara-Te, meaning “Empty Hands.” Now known as Karate, the Okinawan families develop their own system of Karate. Examples are Shorin Ryu, Shotokan, Shito Ryu, etc. Before it was called Okinawa, the islands were known as Ryukyu. In the 15th/16th century, the Ryukyu Islands were the center for all Asia trading. The Ryukyu islands was a tributary state of China.
From Okinawa to Japan
In 1609, Japan emperor asked the Ryukyu Kingdom to aid him with the invasion of Korea and eventually into China. But during that time, the Ryukyu Kingdom was under the Ming Dynasty and refused Japan’s request. So Japan invaded the Ryukyu Islands and took control of Anami-Oshima island group. The influence of Karate was then introduced to the Japanese.
From Japan to Hawaii
Many Japanese families or “clans” developed their own system of Karate. The Yoshida Clan established a temple, on mount Akenkai and this is where the art of Kenpo or Kosho Kempo was taught. At the age of four, a Japanese man name Masayoshi who was born in Hawaii was sent back to live with his relatives in Japan and to go to school. Masayoshi attended the Yoshida Clan’s temple to gain an education and learned the Kosho Kempo system. After years of study, Masayoshi moved backed to Oahu, Hawaii and established the first Kempo School in 1942.
“The ultimate aim of martial arts is not having to use them.” – Miyamoto Musashi
Martial arts have always been more about living than fighting. It teaches you self-discipline and control. It set standards and guiding principles to which one can live in harmony first and war second. Martial arts literally means, the expression or the branches of military skills. You may notice that all Military Organizations has a set of rules and standards of which they live by, and discipline is highly encouraged in their ways. The martial arts is basically the art of war, or the art of combat, however, the martial way is much more acceptable. Again, living the martial way is more than just fighting. It is a Way of Life. It focuses on living a life of harmony and compassion. The art of combat should be a last resort towards managing a conflict. For example, our government chooses to use diplomacy over the act of war. Sometimes diplomacy does not work and therefore peace is obtained by war or combat, and should only be used if necessary. Be smart and chose the Martial Way over Martial Arts.