Your ancestors were warriors: Nordic vikings, Arabic assassins, Japanese samurai, African tribal lords.
For thousands of years, they fought, bled and watched their comrades died.
They knew what it felt like to wield a sharp piece of steel and slice someone in half.
They knew how short life was – here today, gone tomorrow …
They knew what it felt like to stare death in the face – and lived to tell about it.
Fast forward to 2015 …
A middle aged man with droopy breasts is sitting at home, on Friday night, playing video game.
His day job is selling insurance. He hates it.
His wife doesn’t even fuck him.
His warrior ancestors are crying in their graves.
You know who buys Harvey Davidson Motorcycles? Middle aged men, usually upper middle class.
They work at their 9 to 5 job and then ride their bikes around on the weekend. Why? They’re desperate to feel their warrior spirit.
There is a warrior inside you.
It is a faint voice calling your name.
It tells you to conquer your fears and go beyond your petty worries.
It tells you to develop discipline and courage.
It tells you to embrace pain.
How to develop your warrior spirit
Animals have warrior spirit.
If you look at baby tigers, bears or dogs, they will play fight each other. Hell, kids like play fighting each other. It’s our instinct, deep down inside.
To develop your warrior spirit, take up martial arts.
You embrace pain by kicking the heavy bag until your shin bruised.
You conquer fear by getting punched in the face.
You develop discipline by attending class – even when you’re tired and hurt.
Since ancient times, boys learned how to fight. It’s the ritual passage to become a man.
Today, I learned how to throw people across the room and break arms
I did judo back in middle school and wrestling in high school. I also did Muay Thai.
It has been 15 years since I attended a Judo class, so you know, I’m rusty.
(Judo is amazing. Want to be a bad ass fighter? Learn Judo for grappling and Muay Thai for striking)
Anyways, we learned how to do shoulder throw and arm bar. The teacher said I had a knack for learning techniques fast.
It was time for randori (full contact sparring, usually involves throwing people or tripping them)
The teacher said the beginners shouldn’t do randori and that we should sit.
“Can I randori, please?” I said.
“Sure, follow me.”
I gripped his collar and sleeve. We danced around the mat.
He threw me over his shoulders. Thump! I broke my fall by slapping the mat, hard.
I’m not confident enough in my ability to throw him over my shoulders, so I swept him – twice. Thump!
I did another randori – this time with a brown belt. He tried to perform a Ippon Seoi Nage (shoulder throw) – I lowered myself and swept him off his feet.
Class was done. I asked the teacher if we can do another round of randori.
“Sure,” he said.
He threw my across the room. I didn’t get a chance to sweep him.
“Thank you. I’m done for today.” I said.
Go ahead – embrace your warrior spirit by taking up martial arts
One day, you may have to defend your life against someone trying to kill you.
So go ahead.
Learn how throw a Muay Thai kick to the ribs. At the bare minimum, take up boxing so you can knock someone out with a 1-2-3 combo.
How about throwing someone over your shoulders using ipppon seoi nage? You heard that? It’s the sound of broken ribs.
Taking up martial arts will teach you more about courage, discipline and fear than a hundred self help book.
Once you reached a master level, you can punch a hole through someone.
Until next time.