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Readers are not necessarily leaders, but all leaders are readers.


Heroes are just ordinary men, who do ordinary things in extraordinary times.


I am not teaching you anything. I just help you to explore yourself.
Bruce Lee

"Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness..."


"Spirit first, technique second"
Gichin Funakoshi

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people...


"If you just only do what you can - you only will be what you are!


We have the opportunity to choose who our children's parents will be.


Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?


After all is said and done, more is said than done.


Today is the first day of the rest of your life.


"An ounce of logic is worth a ton of tradition that has become obsolete through the weathering of time"
Ed Parker

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.



"People who fight fire with fire with usually end up with ashes ..."
Abigail Vanburen

The Adventurer's Creed
My life is an adventure, and I relish every exciting moment of it...
My life is a temporary gift; I will use it to the fullest and relinquish it with great sorrow...
I am a unique, irreplaceable, priceless work of God, and since I am like no other, I will not be bound by the chains of conformity. Just as I cherish the right to live my life as an adventure, I will admire the right of others to do unconventional, adventurous things...
My body needs sleep, but I enjoy each day so much that I surrender myself to it reluctantly and awake each morning refreshed and eager for new adventures...
Because I recognize life is a temporary gift, I treasure time and organize it and manage it to the best of my ability...
Because an adventure is that joyful experience that happens on the way to a destination, I will always have a purposeful direction for my life.
But I will always attach more importance to the journey than to the end.



It's easier to build a child than rebuild an adult.
Clark Walters

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.



What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?


An eye for an eye only leaves everyone blind.
Ghandi

Character is much easier kept than recovered.
Thomas Paine

"The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble ... They can never be solved, but only outgrown ... This "outgrowing", as I formerly called it, on further experience was seen to consist in a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest arose on the person's horizon, and through this widening of view, the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms, but faded out when confronted with a new and stronger life-tendency."
C.G. Jung

We are all climbing different paths through the mountain of life, and we have all experienced much hardship and strife.
There are many paths through the mountain of life, and some climbs can be felt like the point of a knife.
Some paths are short and others are long, who can say which path is right or wrong?
The beauty of truth is that each path has its own song, and if you listen closely you will find where you belong.
So climb your own path true and strong, but respect all other truths for your way for them could be wrong.

Dan Inosanto

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Jimi Hendrix

CREATIVE THINKING
An elderly man, harassed by the taunts of the neighborhood children, devised a scheme. He offered to pay them a dollar each if they would return on Tuesday and yell their insults again. The children did so eagerly and received the money. Then he told them he would pay only 25 cents on Wednesday. When they returned, insulted him again and collected their quarters, he informed them that Thursday's rate would be just a penny. "Forget it", they said and never taunted him again.

Alfie Kohn in The Boston Globe

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Maya Angelou

Life is a special occasion. Behave accordingly.


You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wing blows your footprints away.
Arlene Blum

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
Robert Breault

Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.
Elmer G. Leterman

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Frey Madeline Stark

The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.
Whitney Young

One of the most lasting pleasures you can experience is the feeling that comes over you when you genuinely forgive an enemy whether he knows about it or not.


Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to be that perfectly.
St. Francis De Sales

Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence.


Our Dogs ...
Once there was an old, very wise Native American Indian chief with two dogs. One was black and one was white. A young brave asked, "Sir, tell me about your dogs. " The chief answered, " One of them symbolizes number of my bad thoughts and behaviors, and one symbolizes number of my good thoughts and behaviors. Every day, every single day, they fight. No matter which dog won or lost the day before, they start fresh in battle again the next day." The little brave then asked, " Which one usually wins?" The chief answered, "Which ever one that I feed the most. "



A woman approached Mahatma Gandhi and asked if he would please tell her son that it wasn't healthy to eat candy.
The great leader asked her to bring her son back in two weeks. She agreed.
When she came back two weeks later, Gandhi explained to the boy why it was so unhealthy to eat sweets.
The mother asked Gandhi why he couldn't have talked to her son the first time.
"Because I was still eating sweets then myself," he answered.



" By three methods we learn wisdom: First by reflection, which is noblest; Second,by imitation; which is easiest: and third is by experience; which is the bitterest." -
Confucius

I am all FOR peace but I am NOT against violence.
Fariborz Azhakh

"Seven things will destroy us: Wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; commerce without morality; science without humanity; worship without sacrifice; politics without principles."
Mahatma Gandhi

"He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress."
Anwar Sadat

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered; forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness; they may be jealous; be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; be good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and others anyway.

Mother Teresa

Many students make the mistake of neglecting that which is near (that which is readily available and essential to you) to pursue what is far (other martial arts that are nonessential or not related to the very art you are learning). Your error in judgment and pursuit will take you thousands of miles off course. Therefore, you must be careful to make a clear distinction between what is essential to you and what is not.
Bruce Lee

I feel I have this great creative and spiritual force within me that is greater than faith, greater than ambition, greater than confidence, greater than determination, greater than vision. It is all these combined. Whether it is the godhead or not, I feel this great force, this untapped power, this dynamic something within me. This feeling may be compared. It is something like a strong emotion mixed with faith, but a lot stronger.
Bruce Lee

"As far as other styles or schools are concerned, take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against. For in the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short"
Bruce Lee

"When nothing seems to help, I look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps 100 times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before."
Jacob A. Riis

"Making a true decision means committing to achieving a result, and the cutting yourself off from any other possibulity."
Anthony Robbins

"The grass isn't greener on the other side...it's greener where you decide to water it."
Unknown

Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.


"Do the things you are afraid to do and the death of fear is certain."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You already are what you want to become."
Thich Nhat Hanh

One hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in my bank account nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.


I know God will not give me anything I can not handle; I just wish He did not trust me so much.
Mother Teresa

It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.
John Steinbeck

"You can not cross a sea by merely staring into the water."
Rabindranath Tagore

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been No for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something . . . almost everything- all external expectations, all pride. All fear of embarrassment or failure- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
Steve Jobs

I'm not interested in living long. I'm interested in living strong.
Grandmaster Taejoon Lee

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

To the humble, courageous,"great" ones among us who exemplify how leadership is a choice, not a position.


The sun shines all day long. But only when you take a magnifying glass and focus it can you start a fire.
BK Boreyko

If archer shoots just for fun he has all his skill.
If he shoots for score his hands tremble and his breath is uneasy.
If he shoots for a golden price he becomes mad and blind.
His skill was not lessened, but the vision of the target changed him.

Old Chinese poem

It is impossible said pride.
It is risky said experience.
It is pointless said reason.
Give it a try whispered the heart.

Anonymous

The greatest weakness of all is the fear of appearing weak.


No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
Calvin Coolidge

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell

A pacifist is not really a pacifist if he unable to make the choice between violence & non-violence. A true pacifist is able to kill or maim in the blink of an eye, but at the moment of impending destruction of the enemy he chooses non-violence. He chooses peace ... Only a warrior who has tempered his spirit in conflict & who has confronted himself & his greatest fears can in my opinion make the choice to be a pacifist.
Yukiyoshu Takamura

I am a shark, the ground is my ocean and most people can not even swim.
Rickson Gracie

If size mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.
Rickson Gracie

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Josh Billings

Eventually, you should become the person you can become. The only question is when to start.


As long as we have questions, as long as we are in doubt, as long as we are struggling, we are not responsible to do anything; we are not accountable for results. So we spend days, weeks, months, years wallowing in the mass of rational lies we have created to avoid the simple actions that would put us in harmony with the laws that govern quality of life.
Stephen R. Covey

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.


DEALING with INSULT

The Buddha explained how to handle insult and maintain compassion. One day Buddha was walking through a village.
A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him.
"You have no right teaching others," he shouted. "You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake."
Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man "Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?"
The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, "It would belong to me, because I bought the gift."
The Buddha smiled and said, "That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself."



You do not have to move a mountain, if you have the strength to fly.


The difference between school and life?
In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

Tom Bodett

Although I have attained some degree of skill and knowledge, I know there is still much to learn. I have met so many people who have superior martial arts skill and are so knowledgeable in the disciplines, that I sometimes feel inadequate.
Dan Inosanto

You can out-distance that which is running after you, but not what is running inside you.


All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.
Friedrich Nietzsche

The exposure to the various schools in the beginning taught me not to be one-sided because everyone had his own philosophies and each school seemed to have its good points and bad points. When I learned from Bruce [Lee], we never classified whether a technique was from taekwondo or boxing. If it was unusable, we used it.
Dan Inosanto

When everyone has access to the same tools
...then having a tool is not much of an advantage.
The industrial age, the age of scarcity, depended in part on the advantages that came with owning tools others did not own.
Time for a new advantage. It might be your network, the connections that trust you. And it might be your expertise. But most of all, I am betting it is your attitude.

Seth Godin

If you want to go FAST, go alone. If you want to go FAR, go together.
Unkown

If you continue this simple practice every day, you will obtain some wonderful power. Before you attain it, it is something wonderful, but after you attain it, it is nothing special.
Shunryo Suzuki

Do not let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.
Glennon Melton

When letting go of your emotional control, wait until the mind is clear, calm and collected and then make the decision
Eric Lee

It is not who is right, its who is left
Ed Parker

It is not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it is what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.
Robert Kiyosaki

Beliefs are funny Things They can make the impossible, possible But be careful because if you do not watch it, they can also make the possible impossible.
David Kovar

Coincidence is Gods way of staying anonymous.
Albert Einstein

The lesson: Too often we seek advice from the people that are easiest to access, instead of seeking out advice from people who are the most qualified to answer.


You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.
Eckhart Tolle

Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less
C. S Lewis

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
Italian Proverb

Remember that children, marriages, and gardens reflect the kind of care they get.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.


Fairytales do not tell children that dragons exist; children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed.
G.K. Chesterton

In reality, the individual makes the style effective, not the other way around. There may be a 10-percent difference between one style and another. The real difference is the relationship a practitioner has with his instructor and the atmosphere of the class.
Joe Lewis

If a good boxer learns jeet kune dos bridging, he needs only his hands to be effective. A proficient wrestler, using jeet kune dos techniques, can tie up the majority of the classical martial artists. An experienced fencer, if he learns jeet kune do techniques, can become very skilled with his outside range.
Dan Inosanto

The best martial arts teacher in the world can not make you a good martial artist. Only you, the practitioner, can do that.
The knowledge, as in "knowing," what to do --is not, alone, what makes one a great anything.
Doing, practicing, re-visiting, re-embracing, polishing, participating, teaching, learning and re-learning, leading, following, and looking deeply at all the elements, each piece of the whole --and the whole made up of each piece --is what turns knowing into being.
And finally, I must remind myself not to make the mistake that, in the end, any of this, this training, quest, and journey, is about me. I am not a separate self, but a part of something much larger --it is not my own development and gain or skill that ultimately matters, it is what I contribute to those around me.

Tom Callos

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy you have little time to criticize others.


Budo is about humans having class. No class, no budo.
Hidetaka Nishiyama

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Augustine of Hippo

God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.
Khalil Gibran

I no naka no kawazu, taikai wo shirazu.
(A frog in the well does not know the great sea.)

Unknown

You can not change the fruit without changing the root
Stephen Covey

An American tourist visiting a stately home in England asked the head gardener the secret of how the English produced such wonderful lawns. It is simple, replied the gardener. You just plant grass seed, and then cut and roll it for five hundred years.


It has been said that a person may have ten years of experience, or one year of experience repeated ten times.
Yukiso Yamamoto

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
Rumi

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I've become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and thats why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.

Jose Micard Teixeira

The captain of the ship towards the sailors:
- Does anyone have a spyglass? And yet, I see that on that screed you can foresee a group of people!
- I can see, captain! I have good eyes. There are 4 seamen and a crew chief that are digging.
- Well done, sailor. But how did you know that there is a crew chief?
- He does not dig, captain.



A big burly samurai comes to the wise man and says, Tell me the nature of heaven and hell. And the roshi looks him in the face and says: Why should I tell a scruffy, disgusting, miserable slob like you? The samurai starts to get purple in the face, his hair starts to stand up, but the roshi wont stop, he keeps saying, A miserable worm like you, do you think I should tell you anything? Consumed by rage, the samurai draws his sword, and hes just about to cut off the head of the roshi. Then the roshi says, That is hell. The samurai, who is in fact a sensitive person, instantly gets it, that he just created his own hell; he was deep in hell. It was black and hot, filled with hatred, self-protection, anger, and resentment, so much so that he was going to kill this man. Tears fill his eyes and he starts to cry and he puts his palms together and the roshi says, That is heaven.
Unkown

Three zen students arrive at their masters place on bicycles. The master asks them why they rode bicycles.
"I ride my bicycle because it is efficient" says one. "Wonderful!" replies the master, "Your path will be smooth and easy."
"I ride my bicycle because it is good for my health" says the second. "Wonderful!" replies the master, "You will live a long and healthy life."
"I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle" says the third. "I am your student!" declares the master.



Eskimo Arctic Wolf Hunters
According to tradition, this is how an Eskimo hunter kills a wolf.
First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. He then adds layer after layer of blood until the blade is completely concealed by the frozen blood.
Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder, the wolf licks the blade in the cold Arctic night. His craving for blood becomes so great that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue. Nor does he recognize the instant when his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his own warm blood. His carnivorous appetite continues to crave more until in the morning light, the wolf is found dead on the snow!

Unkown

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life.
Paulo Coelho

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful.
Eric Michael Leventhal

When we have a toothache, we know that not having a toothache is happiness. But later, when we do not have a toothache, we do not treasure our non-toothache ...
Thich Nhat Hanh

I had a discussion with a great master in Japan, and we were talking about the various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English, and he said, That is a waste of time. If you really understand Zen, you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because the sound of the rain needs no translation.
Alan Watts

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

The martial arts begin and end with courtesy. At first, courtesy requires a reward. As you develop the character traits of a master, however, you will be secure enough to be courteous and require nothing in return. This act to assist another and expect nothing in return is called kindness. The world can use more kindness.
Dr. Jerry Beasley

When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
Khalil Gibran

You make money by making promises. You make success by keeping them.
Unknown

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
J. D. Salinger

"Where attention goes, energy flows and results begin to show!"


Be careful when you blindly follow the masses ...
Sometimes the [M] is silent.

Unkown

Success builds character, failure reveals it ...
Dave Checkett

Dream big.
Start small.
But most of all ...
START.

Simon Sinek

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas.
I am frightened of the old ones.

John Cage

First LEARN ...
then remove the "L"

Mohit Manke

Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.
Richard Branson

A black belt only covers two inches of your ass. You have to cover the rest.
Royce Gracie

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
African Proverb

If we are spouting words like integrity and honour, while we are undermining others - we are living a lie. If we are talking about generosity and respect, while we are tight-fisted and bad-mouthing others - we are living a lie. If we talk about excellence, whilst we are sloppy and unmindful in our day-to-day living - we are living a lie. The goal is congruent living.
John Will

If you have confidence in your own words, aspirations, thoughts, and actions and do your very best, you will have no need to regret the outcome of what you do. Fear and trembling are lot of the person who, while stinting effort, hopes that everything will come out precisely as he wants.
Mas Oyama

A truth can walk naked, but a lie always needs to be dressed.
Khalil Gibran

Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.
No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.
Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.
Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it - which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?
I don't know.

Paulo Coelho

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass

Be a weapon of good. This world is a dangerous place; not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look and do nothing.
Unknown

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
Winston Churchill

Don't take yourself so seriously. Take what you do seriously.
Bill Ryusaki


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