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Thoughts of a "Master"

Coach Evans, Master in Taekwondo, discusses life and lessons he has learned through his years of training and interacting with other human beings.

Bushido Virtues: Yuki 勇気 (Courage)

bushido courage Mar 29, 2021

Let’s continue our study of the Bushido Code from the Samurai of ancient Japan and focus on BRAVERY/COURAGE.

Pronounced YUKI (勇気) in Japanese, it is the type of bravery that every warrior needs.

Most probably view bravery or courage as ready to charge into battle. Fearless and ready to do what is necessary to win.

But courage itself implies fear. If it was easy, then it wouldn’t take courage to do it. Courage means: “Strength in the face of fear, pain, or grief.”

In normal life (outside of physical battles), fear of failure, judgement, and the unknown are an everyday thing. Some let this fear dictate how they live their life. Granted, fear in some cases keeps us from getting hurt, but letting it seep into our life and control it is paralyzing.

Fear of failure: WE ARE GOING TO FAIL! No matter how hard you try, you will always fail. Time and time again. But you can choose to have courage and go for it. Then courage to get back up and try again. “He who...

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Bushido Virtues: Meiyo 名誉 (Honor)

bushido honor integrity tenets Mar 22, 2021

HONOR!  What a topic to think about!

In Japanese, honor is meiyo 名誉.  As I contemplate honor I have mixed feelings of what the "true" meaning is, so here we go.

In my mind, the virtue of honor is exactly this: My commitment to what is right.  The application of that is debatable in as many ways as there have been Starbuck drinks.

Our OPINION on "what is right" is the main variance in honor.  What is right for some is despicable of another.  What is just a side thought to someone is the concrete backbone of another's ideology.

To me at least, my honor belongs and answers only to ME!  I choose what I believe to be right and I move forward with a commitment to answer to myself for veering off course.  I don't judge or condemn others for their differing views of rightness.  They have lived a completely different life with completely different goals, thoughts, and experiences.  It would go against my honor to even partially judge...

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Bushido Virtues: Jin 仁 (Benevolence)

benevolence bushido samurai Mar 08, 2021

仁(Jin)

I really enjoy studying ancient cultures.  Specifically martial arts cultures.  No one comes to mind more easily to everyone than the Samurai of Japan.

Though the Samurai did not start out with a "Code" or "Tenets", it did gain them during a time of general peace in Japan.  Once the civil wars of Japan stopped in the early 1600's.  After that, with no wars to fight, the Samurai turned more inward and focused on building themselves into a culture with "higher" thinking.

The Bushido Code or Bushido Virtues was created.  All this to preface Jin!


Jin(仁) is by far my favorite!  Jin translates to benevolence or compassion.

As human beings, we interact with other humans all the time.  It is within the interaction and motives that Jin falls.  If I train myself to have compassion for others, then I can truly reach for understanding.  My motives can then change from practicing compassion toward others for a specific reason.

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