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Aug
13

The Warrior – The Hero

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-13-2014

 

The Warrior - The Hero
The ordinary man is involved in action,
the HERO acts.
Henry Miller

How many times have you seen the video of someone getting mugged on the street and people either standing at a safe distance watching, or just walking by and glancing at what is happening, without giving a second thought to stepping up and helping. We have all seen those video clips. So many people simply are not courageous enough, or just plain do not care enough, to get involved. These people are involved in the action by watching or just being there, but they do not act.

The hero, on the other hand, ACTS. When the hero or the warrior sees an injustice happening, he can’t just stand back and video tape it or merely walk on by, hoping that someone will help the poor victim. It is simply not in his nature to let a predator prey on an innocent victim without getting involved. The warrior takes action, even if it could put him in a dangerous situation.

I had someone review on of my books, and in his review he called my philosophy on the warrior lifestyle, elitist, and went on to say that I am teaching people to be better than others. Well, I guess I am. The man, or woman, who steps up and gets involved IS better than those who are too cowardly to help. The warrior who is willing to put his life in danger to help those in need IS better than the self-centered coward who only thinks of himself.

The warrior lifestyle does produce the best of the best. Others may indeed call those who strive to hold themselves to a higher standard elitist, but being labeled will never stop the warrior from striving to be the best that he can be. The warrior is not an elitist; he simply is, as Confucius put it, the superior man (or woman). He is superior, not because he sees himself as better than others, but because he takes the time to develop better habits, he strives for perfection in every way, he acts instead of just being “involved,” when action is called for. He is the hero standing ready to act when his help is needed. Bohdi Sanders ~ award winning author of the #1 bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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(Quote from the new book, Martial Arts Wisdom)

Jun
21

Silence, Calmness, and Kindness: Warrior Traits for Everyday Life

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-21-2014

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Don’t ever mistake my silence for ignorance,
my calmness for acceptance, or
my kindness for weakness.

It is a mistake to believe that the silent person is ignorant. The silent person is almost always the one that you should listen to most, when he talks. Instead of spending time babbling about unimportant things, he listens, and learns. He spends time in thought instead of meaningless conversations about nothing. Ignorant is the last adjective that would describe him.

If you are looking for wisdom, look to the quiet man or woman who knows when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent. The warrior’s silence denotes wisdom and intelligence, not ignorance. But when he is ignorant of the subject at hand, you will not know, as he has the good sense to stay silent and learn, instead of trying to sound knowledgeable on a subject which he knows nothing about.

Likewise, the person who can stay calm in all situations is a person of quiet confidence. Do not read anything into his calm demeanor, except for the fact that he probably has his act together. The warrior, who is confident in himself, has no reason to lose his cool. His maintains his composure in spite of the storm around him.

In addition, his uncommon calmness does not signal acceptance of the situation, but rather his rational thought and self-confidence in his ability to handle whatever comes his way. You may even find that the more dire the situation, the more calm and rational the warrior becomes because he is even more focused than normal. While other men are losing their composure, he is taking everything in and rationally deciding how to respond to the situation. He is calm in the eye of the storm.

Many people also tend to look at the kind-hearted man as weak or wimpy. This is another common misconception. Kindness is not a weakness; it is a strength. A warrior’s benevolence does not signify weakness, rather it signifies the warrior’s good heart. You can have a good heart without being weak, in fact, I would suggest that it takes courage and self-confidence to be kind in every situation.

The weak do not have the self-confidence to be kind in every situation, only in the situations where there is no risk to them. The warrior has the self-confidence to be kind, even when his has to be firm. The warrior’s benevolence is a sign of strength, not weakness. And it is a mistake to see his kindness as a sign of his weakness, a mistake that has cost many predators dearly.

The person who can maintain a calm silence in troubled times, and at the same time, can continue to be kind to everyone in his path, while they lose both their composure and their benevolence, is a person of honor and integrity. He has mastered the art of inner peace. But this in no way should be seen as weakness, ignorance, or acceptance of unacceptable situations. Those who truly understand, will hold such a person in great regard. Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence won two FIRST PLACE BOOK AWARDS in the 2013 – National Indie Excellence Book Awards and the USA Book News Best Books of 2013! These prestigious book awards are a great honor for Modern Bushido!

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Apr
01

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Henry Ward Beecher

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-1-2014

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Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard
than anyone else expects of you.
Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

To the warrior, laws are pretty much worthless. Laws are for men of low character who need someone else to keep them in line with the threat of punishment. This is not to say that warriors do not have to obey the laws of the land, at least most of the time. What it does mean is that the warrior’s code of ethics is actually stricter than any law of the land. His standards require him to keep a closer watch on his actions than any law could.

The warrior holds himself to a higher standard than anyone else expects of him, just as Henry Ward Beecher suggests that you should do. He doesn’t bend his “rules” as one does with discretionary laws such as speed limits, etc. For this reason, he finds most laws useless. The true man of character doesn’t need laws in order to do what he should. He simply does what’s right regardless of whether or not there is a law to guide him.

Moreover, even if there were no laws, the warrior would still live the same lifestyle of honor and integrity. The point here is that the warrior sets his own law. That law is his code of honor or code of ethics. He decides what is right and what is just, and lives accordingly. You may be thinking if everyone did that we would have anarchy, and you would be exactly right. Everyone is not a man of honor. That is why we have to have laws – for lesser men who will not discipline themselves.

Bohdi Sanders
(From the book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood.)

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood is now available, in both paperback and on Kindle,
from Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELWCALA.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Mar
02

Native American Wisdom for the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-2-2014

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The hunter can make many mistakes,
the hunted, only one.
Native American Maxim

Predators are the hunters. They can makes many mistakes and still live to try again, unless one of their mistakes lands them in jail or dead. You, on the other hand, are the hunted. You can’t afford to make a mistake if you are attacked by one of these predators. Being unprepared or untrained could mean death for you, if your path crosses paths with a dangerous predator.

It is for this reason that you should take your martial arts training, and your overall total self-defense skills, seriously. You should look at your martial arts training as a matter of life or death, not simply as another fun activity that you participate in two or three times a week. You have to be as prepared as possible for whatever the winds of life blow your way. Good, realistic, martial art training is a huge part of being prepared.    Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. ~ (excerpt from Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence)

Check out Modern Bushido! Modern Bushido has been in the TOP 10 EVERY WEEK FOR 75 WEEKS on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List and has hit #1 six times during that period! That is OVER 2 YEARS as one of the top martial arts books available!!

This multiple award-winning book was recognized by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for it contribution to the martial arts and won a 1st Place Award in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. It is recognized as one of the TOP 7 books on excellence by BestCollegesOnline.com, and now has won a 1st PLACE BOOK AWARD in the USA NATIONAL BEST BOOK AWARDS!!

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK. It is also available in paperback! CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

Signed copies and package book deals are available on: http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Jan
22

A Calm Warrior is a Mindful Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-22-2014
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A calm warrior is a mindful warrior,

and a mindful warrior is a rational warrior.
Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D.

The word “peace” has several meanings. It does mean freedom from war, but for the warrior, a better definition is “mental calm.” Peace is a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety. It is a state of harmony. You can have a feeling of peace no matter what situation you find yourself in. But it takes self-discipline and constant thought control. Just as you train your body to react in certain ways, you have to train your mind to be peaceful.

Peace is not the lack of war, but an inner virtue which has its source in the courage of the soul. Baruch Spinoza

Much of this book has been concerned with having a disciplined mind. The mind plays such a huge part in the life of the warrior. I have said several times that you have to have a disciplined mind, but how do you discipline your mind? The best way to discipline your mind is through meditation. Learn to meditate. A calm warrior is a mindful warrior, and a mindful warrior is a rational warrior.

The art of meditation is simple, but it does take practice to perfect. Start slow and learn to quiet your mind for several minutes. This is harder than it sounds. Thoughts will continue to disturb the silence, but with practice you will soon find that you can quiet your mind for longer periods of time. The practice of meditation is essential to your quest for warriorship. Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from award-winning book, WARRIOR WISDOM: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

WARRIOR WISDOM: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior is available from Amazon.com, in both paperback and on Kindle, at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009F27CQY.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on: http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Also, be sure to check out the award-winning, best seller, Modern Bushido. Modern Bushido has been in the TOP 10 EVERY WEEK FOR 79 WEEKS on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List and has hit #1 six times during that period! That is 2 YEARS as one of the top martial arts books available!!

This multiple award-winning book was recognized by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for it contribution to the martial arts and won a 1st Place Award in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards. It is recognized as one of the TOP 7 books on excellence by BestCollegesOnline.com, and now has won a 1st PLACE BOOK AWARD in the USA NATIONAL BEST BOOK AWARDS!!

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK. It is also available in paperback! CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

Signed copies and package book deals are available on: http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Nov
05

Shawn Rhodes interviews Dr. Bohdi Sanders on Awaken the Inner Warrior.

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-5-2013

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Shawn Rhodes interviews Dr. Bohdi Sanders
on Awaken the Inner Warrior.

From Shawn Rhodes… “Dr. Bohdi Sanders granted me an interview too good to keep to myself. If you’re interested in hearing his thoughts on what it takes to be a modern warrior and live this lifestyle, check out the podcast preview below and click through for the full interview. I’ve also posted them over at Awaken The Inner Warrior!”

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH DR. BOHDI SANDERS HERE!

Oct
20

Self-Improvement: The Cornerstone of Warriorhood

The Wisdom Warrior on Oct-20-2013

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You can’t improve anything if you don’t
first know what needs to be improved.
Bohdi Sanders

Once you know what needs to be improved or fixed, you can then begin the process of finding out how to make the needed improvements. Making improvements in your life is like a mechanic working on a car. He first has to figure out what is wrong with your car before he can work on it and make it run better.

No mechanic would simply start replacing parts, rewiring the electrical system, etc. without first doing some investigating and finding out what is working and what is not working. The same principle goes for you in your quest to live the warrior lifestyle. You have to find out what strengths you already have and what areas need some work. Then you can work to make your strengths even stronger, and to turn your weaknesses into strengths.

It takes quite a bit of introspection to really understand yourself and know what you believe in and what you truly stand for – to understand your principles and to develop your own code of life. Carl Jung taught that, “We should know what our convictions are, and stand for them…Therefore it is wise to be as clear as possible about one’s subjective principles.” Socrates stated, “One of the most important precepts of wisdom is to know oneself.”

A thorough understanding of oneself is not optional for the true warrior. It is absolutely necessary. This should be a top priority for you throughout your journey. It is self-knowledge that allows you to live a life of excellence; without it, you cannot possibly develop your life to the fullest. Socrates even went as far as to say, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This is a pretty strong endorsement of self-knowledge!

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from the award-winning book
Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

Modern Bushido has been in the TOP 10 for 58 weeks on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List and has hit #1 6 times during that period! This multiple award-winning book was recognized by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for it contribution to the martial arts and won a 1st Place Award in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards!

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: GET MODERN BUSHIDO NOW. It is also available in paperback! CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

Signed copies and package book deals are available on: THE WISDOM WARRIOR BOOKSTORE.

Oct
08

Warrior Preparedness

The Wisdom Warrior on Oct-8-2013
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Remember how lucky you are to live in a
time of peace and plenty, but prepare for worse times.
Code of the Samurai

Most of us live a peaceful life. In our society today, unless you are in the military or work in law enforcement, you most likely live in peace and plenty. Even those in our country who are on the bottom of the economic pecking order live a life of plenty when compared to people in many third world countries. We live in a time of peace and abundance in the United States today, but there is no guarantee that things will always remain as they are today.

The Code of the Samurai points this out to us. The samurai saw both times of peace and prosperity and times of war which ravished their country. They knew from experience that things can change, and change quickly. Times of peace and plenty can turn into times of chaos and anarchy in the blink of an eye. It is wise to be prepared for the possibility of a time when things will not be so peaceful and when prosperity turns to scarcity.

You lose nothing by preparing for bad times during the good times. When things are good and you are surrounded by blessings, it is time to think of defending yourself against the change of tide. Be disciplined enough to save some of your wealth for a rainy day. Keep yourself physically fit and your martial arts skills sharp. Be wise enough to realize that nothing lasts forever, good or bad. Enjoy the good times while they last, but at the same time prepare for the bad times just in case your fortune changes.

Bohdi Sanders
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood is NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE, as well as in paperback, from Amazon.com at: GET WARRIOR NOW. Package deals are also available from TheWisdomWarrior.com at: BOOKSTORE.

Also, be sure to check out MODERN BUSHIDO. Modern Bushido is going into its 57 WEEK IN THE TOP 10 on Amazon.com! If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: GET MODERN BUSHIDO NOW. It is also available in paperback!

Sep
25

Why should the warrior seek to be self-reliant?

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-25-2013

 

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Do not rely completely
on any other human being…
We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.
Agnes Macphail

     Why should the warrior seek to be self-reliant? The answer lies in two words – freedom and safety. Being self-reliant gives you more personal freedom to live the way that you want to live. Epicurus wrote, “The greatest fruit of self-sufficiency is freedom.” The more self-sufficient you become, the more freedom you have from other people having control over your life.

     It is also a vital part of your overall self-defense. The less self-sufficient you are, the more you are leaving your life to chance. Francesco Guicciardini wrote, “Remember this: whoever lives a life of chance will in the end find himself a victim of chance. The right way is to think, to examine, and to consider every detail carefully, even the most minute.”  You don’t want to leave your life up to chance anymore than you absolutely have to.

     Think about ways to make your life more self-sufficient. How can you prepare for a change in your financial situation? What would you do if you could no longer simply go to the grocery store to get your food, or if something happened to your water supply? These are things that everyone should give some thought to in order to be prepared for the unexpected. Make a list of the ways that you need to be more self-reliant, and then take steps to increase your independence.

     Aesop stated, “It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.” There is no guarantee that life will always be easy; become as self-sufficient and self-reliant as possible. I will end this chapter with a thought from Agnes Macphail, “Do not rely completely on any other human being…We meet all life’s greatest tests alone.”

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from the award-winning book,
Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

Modern Bushido HIT #1 on Amazon.com’s BEST SELLERS LIST and
has been in the TOP 10 on Amazon.com for over 54 WEEKS!

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting
on KINDLE at: GET MODERN BUSHIDO NOW.

If you prefer a personally signed copy,
you can get those too at: The Wisdom Warrior Bookstore.

Jul
13

A Warrior’s Promise is a Debt of Honor

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-13-2013

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A promise is a debt.
Irish Proverb

Many people make promises without any consideration for their words. Their word is absolutely meaningless to them. A promise from them is to be taken with a grain of salt. It usually means little more than they are in a desperate state at the time and they are willing to say anything to get whatever it is that they need for the moment. Once they have what they are after, their promise is quickly forgotten. They never consider that a promise is a debt, after all, who is going to force them to live up to their word?

The warrior, on the other hand, is a man of his word. If he promises that he will do something, he does it, period. He doesn’t make empty promises just to get his way, this would be dishonorable. He takes his word of honor seriously.

To him, a promise is indeed a debt, and a debt that will be repaid. Warriors feel honor bound to make their word good. People who make empty promises lose the respect of those around them, and the warrior realizes this.

He is not willing to compromise his word or the respect that his character affords him. To the man of honor, a promise means as much as a written contract that is signed and notarized. His word is good whether it is written on paper or written on the wind. Your promise is your word of honor.

It should not matter whether or not your promise is legally binding in a court of law. The warrior lives by a higher law than the law of the land; he lives by the law of honor.

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from The Warrior Lifestyle, pg 90

Jul
05

What does it mean to be a true warrior?

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-5-2013

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What does it mean to be a true warrior?

     The great Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, once stated that, “Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights…” At first, this statement seems strange and contrary to what most people think, when they hear the term “warrior.” How is it that the warrior is not someone who fights? Could it be that Sitting Bull didn’t really know what he was talking about? Was he really “qualified” to explain what being a real warrior means? Oh, wait, wasn’t he one of the warriors who defeated General Custer in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, known to the Sioux people as the Fight at Greasy Grass Creek?

     Sitting Bull was one of the great warriors in one of the most well known battles fought on American soil; he must know something about warriorship. He was definitely not opposed to fighting for what he believed to be right, especially when left with no honorable alternatives. He was obviously a brave man who had the courage to meet his enemy face to face on the battlefield, as opposed to being a man who claimed that there is “never any reason for violence,” or that “violence never solved anything.” So what did this great warrior mean when he stated that, “Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights…?”

     Basically, what Sitting Bull is saying is that fighting is not the only component or even the most important part of being a warrior. He goes on to explain himself saying, “The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.” This is what he was doing at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, fighting for those who needed his protection, and this is also a very good description of the true warrior and the warrior lifestyle.

     The warrior lifestyle involves much more than the ability to fight and defend yourself and those you love. It involves developing your character, living a life of honor and integrity, defending those who can’t defend themselves, taking care of the elderly and your family; in short, it involves service to others along with perfecting your character. Many people seem to get hung up on the literal definition of the term “warrior.” The literal definition, which can be found in most dictionaries, defines the term “warrior” as someone who is trained or experienced in warfare.

     As far as the warrior lifestyle is concerned, this definition falls far short of being complete. Throughout history, when the term “warrior” has been used, it has carried with it a deeper meaning than simply “someone experienced in warfare.” Warriors have been revered for their character as much as their martial arts skills. The warrior was seen as a man of character, integrity and honor, not simply someone who knew how to fight, or who was experienced in fighting. It is true that the warrior should be skilled in the art of war or in the martial arts, but this is only a small part of being a true warrior.

     Gichin Funakoshi stated that the ultimate goal of karate is the perfection of human character, not the perfection of one’s martial arts skills; this is basically the same thing that Sitting Bull was trying to teach us. Being a true warrior involves balance. The warrior strives for excellence in every part of his life, not only in developing his martial arts skills, but also in his everyday life. The warrior has to endeavor to perfect himself spiritually and mentally, as well as physically. While it is true that the martial arts play an important part in the life of the true warrior, the martial arts are only a part of the warrior’s life.

     There are many other parts of the warrior’s life which must also be addressed if he is serious about living the warrior lifestyle. Character training is definitely an important part of being a warrior. Without character training, so-called “warriors” are nothing more than thugs, trained to fight, but with no knowledge of what is worth fighting for. To educate someone in the martial arts without regard to their character, is simply training a menace to society. The ancient martial arts masters knew this and refused to train those who they felt lacked the character and integrity needed to be given these dangerous skills.

     Character was important to the masters of old and was taken into account before someone was trained. Today, the martial arts have become big business and anyone with enough money can obtain as much training as they want, no matter how poor their character may be. Are these people warriors simply because they have purchased years of training and know how to fight? Are gang members who know how to fight warriors? Well, if you go by the literal definition, your answer would have to be yes, but if you go by the definition that I use for the true warrior, the answer is definitely no.

     My definition of a true warrior is someone who has the ability and will to fight to protect himself, his friends, his family, and his ideals, and at the same time, seeks the perfection of his own character through a life lived with honor, integrity, and an unflinching dedication to what is right according to his own code of ethics. The ability to fight is only a small part of this definition. The true warrior has to develop more than his martial arts skills. The qualities of the true warrior go much deeper than that.

     Warriors should exhibit the best qualities among men. The true warrior makes a firm decision to try to perfect his character and to live by a strict code of ethics. His word is his honor. His duty stays fresh on his mind. He lives life a little more seriously than most, but at the same time lives life to its fullest. He sees through the veil of appearances covering most parts of this world, but does so without looking down on those who are less perceptive.

     Family and friends are important to him, and they know that they can always count on him for protection and help in their times of need. He bases his decisions on his code of ethics, and he instinctively knows right from wrong, and chooses right. He knows that at times there is a difference between what is right and what is legal, and what is wrong and what is illegal. As Lao Tzu taught, “Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law.”

     The true warrior is able to hold his head high with honor because he knows that he lives his life to the best of his ability, with honor and integrity. His code is ingrained in his spirit and is a part of his being. Warriors walk alone much of the time, as they prefer solitude to the company of lesser men. The warrior is a man who shoots for excellence in everything he does. These are the things which make someone a true warrior and the development of these traits leads to the warrior lifestyle.  Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

You can find WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood and all my other books and teachings at The Wisdom Warrior Bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Also, you may want to check out MODERN BUSHIDO. MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence just WON a FIRST PLACE BOOK AWARD in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards! This is a prestigious book award and a great honor for me and Modern Bushido!

Modern Bushido just HIT THE #1 spot this week and is going into its 29th week in the top 10 on Amazon.com! If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: GET MODERN BUSHIDO.

If you prefer a personally signed copy, you can get those too at: The Wisdom Warrior Bookstore. Discount prices are available to all martial arts instructors who order 10 or more copies! Email me for information on bulk discounts if you are interested. ENJOY!

May
22

MODERN BUSHIDO Wins FIRST PLACE in National Indie Excellence Book Awards!

The Wisdom Warrior on May-22-2013

MODERN BUSHIDO Wins FIRST PLACE
in National Indie Excellence Book Awards!



MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence just WON a FIRST PLACE BOOK AWARD in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards! This is a prestigeous book award and a great honor for me and Modern Bushido! The judges for the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards seemed to like Modern Bushido as much as my readers who have kept Modern Bushido in the top 10 for 21 straight weeks!

I want to thank all of my readers for your continued support, all the kind emails, and wonderful comments! You guys are great!!

Modern Bushido is still ranked in the top 10 on Amazon.com at #10! If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK.

If you prefer a personally signed copy, you can get those too at: http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/. Discount prices are available to all martial arts instructors who order 10 or more copies! Email me for information on bulk discounts if you are interested. ENJOY!

Mar
17

Modern Bushido: Living the Warrior Lifestyle in Today’s World

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-17-2013

Modern Bushido
Living the Warrior Lifestyle in Today’s World


The student must become a true warrior
in an age where there are no more warriors.
Kensho Furuya


I have studied martial arts for almost 30 years, and have seen many amazing martial artists do things with their bodies that can simply boggle the mind. I have seen some of the best fighters in the world and have trained with many martial arts instructors and other practitioners. I have also been involved in more physical confrontations than I care to remember, and know what it is like to both pound someone into a pulp, as well as be pounded. In addition, I have been trained in how to use different weapons in self-defense situations.

In short, I have witnessed and experienced a lot when it comes to the physical side of the martial arts, but with all my experience, I have found one subject that seems to always get little or no attention in the world of martial arts – how to live a life of character. Most martial arts classes are completely focused on self-defense, fighting, sport applications, tournaments, and katas. While all of these are important parts of the martial arts, there is something even more important missing from this list – character training.

This is what modern Bushido is all about – how to live the life of the superior man. While this may sound like an elitist statement, it isn’t. Living the life of the superior man is simply a way of saying living a life based on character, honor and integrity. It is living the warrior lifestyle the way it should be lived, according to universal standards and principles which make someone a superior human being. When I say the words “superior human beings,” I am not referring to someone being better or more important than someone else.

The phrase “superior man” was used frequently by Confucius to indicate someone who lives according to high moral standards as opposed to someone who gives little regard to such things. The superior man is not superior because he is richer, more educated, comes from a better family, or anything along those lines. He is superior because he lives his life in a superior way. He lives by higher standards than the average person.

This has always been the ideal behind the philosophy of Bushido. Literature from the 13th through the 16th centuries in Japan had many references to the ideals of Bushido. The actual word “Bushido” was first used in the 17th century, but the ideals of Bushido have been around as long as there has been a warrior class, not just in Japan, but throughout the world.

Bushido did not necessarily start out as a specific set of rules that must be followed, but rather moral principles which were meant to guide the life of the warrior. More frequently than not, the principles of Bushido were simply taught to children of the warrior class from an early age as a way of life that was expected from them.

The philosophy of Bushido evolved over the centuries, but it never lost it primary focus which was living life according to the high standards expected from those of the warrior class. It is a philosophy of how to live your life as a true, complete warrior. The word “Bushido” literally means the way of the warrior. This philosophy did not limit itself to merely martial subjects.

On the contrary, the philosophy of Bushido covered subjects such as how to raise children, how one should dress, how to treat your family and other people, financial issues, as well as how to conduct yourself as an honorable warrior.

Today the Bushido Code is commonly simplified to seven virtues: rectitude, courage, benevolence, respect, honesty, honor, and loyalty. But these seven virtues do not cover everything which Bushido entails; there is much more to Bushido than these seven virtues. The teachings of Bushido were meant to cover all areas of the warrior’s life, not just a handful. Limiting Bushido to only these seven virtues is doing a disservice to this noble philosophy.

There are at least 30 important traits, which I discuss in my book, Modern Bushido, that all play an important role in the warrior lifestyle. Each of these traits helps guide you in living a life of excellence. Many may question what this has to do with the life of the warrior or martial arts, but this question assumes that the warrior lifestyle is merely about self-defense or fighting – it isn’t.

Gichin Funakoshi stated that the ultimate goal of karate is the perfection of your character, not the perfection of your martial skills.
Learning character traits, which will guide your actions throughout your life, is an important part of the martial arts, but unfortunately this is also a part that has been neglected over the years, especially in today’s society where it is needed more than ever. Self-defense is merely one part of the warrior lifestyle.

The warrior lifestyle is multifaceted and entails much more than martial arts techniques. It is a complete way of life, not simply a term which encompasses anyone who practices some type of martial art. There is much more to being a true warrior than knowing how to fight. You can teach a dog to fight, but that doesn’t make it a warrior.

On the contrary, the warrior lifestyle is a complete way of life. It is a way of living a life of character, honor, and integrity in every area of your life. It includes martial arts, but it is not defined by martial arts. One of the definitions of the term “warrior” is a person engaged in some struggle or conflict. The word “warrior” is not limited to someone who participates in an actual, physical battle between two armies. Many people disagree with this statement, but it is true nonetheless.

To take this definition even further, the word “war” doesn’t always refer to a conflict between two countries or two groups of people. The term “war” can be defined as a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end. True warriors are not limited to those who have been in the military. Being a true warrior is dependent on how you live your life, not on what you do for a living. The true warrior is the man or woman who endeavors to live the warrior lifestyle and who lives his or her life by the code of the warrior.

And have no doubts about it, they are at war. Their struggle may not be against some opposing army, but rather it is a struggle between the opposing forces of living according to their principles of honor or living without honor. The true warrior, whether in the military or driving a garbage truck, must decide to live a life of honor and integrity according to the principles of warriorship.

What you do for a living is simply what you do for a living; it is not who you are. Everyone decides for themselves whether they will live life as a true warrior or whether they will live their life in some other way.

Being a true warrior is a lifestyle, not a profession. It is not a fraternity where you have to be in the military to be considered a member. A person is a true warrior because of what is in his or her heart, mind and spirit; all the rest simply consists of the tools which the person uses to develop the warrior spirit in order to live the warrior lifestyle.

The concept of Bushido, the way of the warrior, is not some outdated, romantic notion. It is a way of living life to the fullest, with honor and integrity. It is the cornerstone of the warrior lifestyle, and it is just as important today as it ever was.


Do nothing to make you lose respect for yourself,
or to cheapen yourself in your own eyes;
let your own integrity be the standard of rectitude,
and let your own dictates be stricter
than the precepts of any law.
Baltasar Gracian

Bohdi Sanders, PhD

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Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence



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Jan
15

The Warrior Needs to be Alone

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-15-2013

Warrior Meditation

Sometimes the warrior needs to be alone, meditate,
and remind himself of who he is, and who he wants to be.
Bohdi Sanders



We all need to slow down, reflect, and see where we are in our journey from time to time. It is very easy to get sidetracked by our busy lives and veer off the path of the warrior without really realizing it. Just like a cross country road trip, we need to stop and make sure we are still on the right road at times.

You can’t just go through life haphazardly. You must understand where you are and where you are going in order to achieve your objective and arrive where you want to be. Reflect and understand who you are at this time, and who you want to be, then keep yourself on the path that leads to that destination.


Bohdi Sanders

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Dec
01

The Warrior’s Courage

The Wisdom Warrior on Dec-1-2012

The Warrior’s Courage

Cervantes wrote that, “The man of true valor lies between the extremes of cowardice and rashness.” Cowardice and rashness are indeed the two extremes of courage. Cowardice is a lack of courage. It is allowing fear to overcome you and cause you to falter at the time of action. Rashness, on the other hand, is being reckless, impulsive, and moving forward without giving any thought to the situation.

The one thing that both cowardice and rashness have in common is that when someone acts from either of these extremes, he is letting his emotions control his actions, not rational thought, and definitely not courage. To be courageous, a man has to be thoughtful. Francesco Guicciardini wrote, “Only the wise are brave. Others are either temerarious or foolhardy. Thus, we can say that every brave man is wise, but not that every wise man is brave.”

From this point of view, we can compare courage to honor in that, it is not that easy for an outsider to judge whether or not a man is being courageous, just as it is not obvious whether or not a man is acting out of a sense of honor. If you will recall, some actions may seem dishonorable from an outside point of view, which, if we were privy to the man’s thoughts and intentions, would prove to be very honorable. The same principle can apply to courage.

There are some actions which, when initially seen, may seem like acts of cowardice, but when examined closer, were truly courageous acts. At the same time, there are some actions which seem like very courageous acts, but if we were able to see beyond the obvious, we would understand that the action was not truly an act of courage at all.

Bohdi Sanders

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Sep
07

Death of a Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-7-2012

Death of a Warrior


When my time on this earth has expired, I have no desire to be sealed in some over-priced box, by strangers who never knew me, nor cared about me. I have no desire to be displayed in some church, like a dead outlaw, riddled with bullet holes and displayed for all to see, merely so everyone can get one last peak at the body that I once inhabited. Don’t play some outdated church hymn or have some preacher, who didn’t know me, give some rehearsed speech over my lifeless body.

Instead, burn my body like a warrior, under the full moon, in an open air pyre, with a Native American flute playing in the background, knowing that I am no longer there, but watching from above. Honor me not by praying for my soul, which will be safely where it belongs with the Creative Force which created it, but rather by gathering to remember the good that I have done during my short time on this planet.

Watch as my old home burns. Listen to the sounds of nature, accompanied by the soft, spiritual sounds of the flute. Reminisce about my accomplishments and the footprints I left for others to follow. Remember the good I brought to this world, and erase from your memory the things that I did before I found the path of honor – the path of the warrior.

Think of the good, the positive, and the honorable, while watching the fire consume the body that I no longer need. And as the fire burns down, raise a glass in memory of a man who did his best to protect and care for his family, and teach those who had a desire to learn. Toast in honor of a man who lived as he believed to be right, according to his sense of honor and integrity, without feeling the need to conform to society’s norms or accept the beliefs which did not resonate with his spirit. Raise a glass in honor for whatever good I left behind and for the lives that I touched or helped along the way.

May you walk away from the last smoldering embers, not with a feeling of loss and despair, but rather with a feeling of pride and honor that you knew a man such as me. Send me on my way as if I were embarking on a long adventure, knowing that this is not goodbye, but merely goodbye for now. And, don’t cry over my departure, for I promise to see you all again soon.

Bohdi Sanders ~ Modern Bushido

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Aug
10

It is Essential to Cultivate the Warrior Spirit.

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-10-2012

It is Essential to Cultivate the Warrior Spirit

What is the warrior spirit? This 17th century Confucian scholar’s teachings, as translated by Thomas Cleary in his book Training the Samurai Mind, states that cultivating the “warrior spirit” was an essential part of being a samurai. He taught that even if you have all the strength and training that is needed to be a warrior, they will be of no use if you lack the warrior spirit.

According to Totsudo, it is not the external strength which truly matters, but the internal strength – the strength of the spirit.

The warrior spirit is based on courage. It is the courage to stand up for justice and for what is right, no matter what the odds. You can only develop this deep seated courage if you truly know that you are in the right.

If you have doubts about whether or not you are right, then those doubts will affect you on the inside and you will have doubts concerning the legitimacy of your stand. After all, if you aren’t completely convinced that you are right, how can you stand with conviction against someone who takes the other side of the issue?

Firmness and decisiveness are the legs which courage stands upon. Doubt is the stumbling block which causes courage to falter. Courage is the foundation of the warrior spirit. The traits of firmness, decisiveness, and courage can only be rightly obtained through meditating on what is right and your own personal code of honor.

Once you have determined you will live by your own standards and you are clear about what those standards are, then all that is left is to have the courage to live by those standards.

Bohdi Sanders, PhD

(From WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood, page 155)

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Aug
02

Justice, Warriorhood and the Martial Arts

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-2-2012

Justice, Warriorhood and the Martial Arts


Justice is the virtue of warriorhood, the root of martial arts.
Nakae Toju


Justice is the root of martial arts, and it is also the root of warriorhood. Justice means fairness or reasonableness, especially in the way that you treat other people. Without justice, you are missing an essential part of the warrior lifestyle and an essential part of the character which is necessary to become a true warrior.

If the root is bad, the branches and the leaves will also be bad. This is true for plants and trees, and it is also true for your martial arts and your life as a warrior.

The warrior is dedicated to justice. This is one of the main forces behind his willingness to serve and to protect others. He cannot be indifferent while others around him are forced to endure the injustice of those more powerful. It would be against his nature to take no action when justice is at stake.

Duty requires that the warrior support justice in as much as it is in his power to make a difference. It takes courage to stand against injustice, but courage is a trademark of the warrior.

Martial arts must have at its root the seed of justice or they become self-serving. Once martial arts become self-serving, they become tools for lesser men, men with low character, men who can no longer call themselves warriors.

It is not knowledge of the martial arts which makes a man a warrior, but knowledge of the martial arts which have grown from the roots of justice, honor and character, which lead to the warrior lifestyle. Strive to make sure that the roots of your martial arts and your character are strong.

Bohdi Sanders, PhD

(from the book WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood, page 148)

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Jul
16

Warriorship

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-16-2012

WARRIORSHIP

Protecting yourself is self-defense. Protecting others is warriorship.
Bohdi Sanders

Many people consider themselves to be warriors just because they have spent time training in a dojo and have learned how to fight. They feel that they can protect themselves against almost any attacker. Having developed their skills to the max, they walk around with the self-confidence of a lion, just waiting for some poor soul to make the mistake of harassing them in a bar or on the street.

They feel without a shadow of a doubt that they can protect themselves, but does this really make them a warrior?

Protecting yourself is self-defense by the very definition of the term. Being a warrior means much more than being able to protect yourself. It means being willing and able to protect others as well as yourself. Warriors feel a sense of duty to protect those around them where the ordinary man only feels the need to protect himself and get out of Dodge. There is a big difference in the two.

The warrior is willing to put his well-being on the line for those he loves or for those under his protection. Many times, he puts their well being ahead of his own. He could easily defend himself and leave the danger behind, but he chooses the path of chivalry and warriorship.

He knows there is a difference between self-defense and warriorship, and he also knows that the lifestyle that he has chosen demands that he put his warrior ideals over simple self-interest. Protecting yourself is self-defense; protecting others is warriorship.

Bohdi Sanders

(From the book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood, page 83)

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Jun
21

The Enlightened Warrior and Pure Law

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-21-2012

The Enlightened Warrior and Pure Law


Highly evolved people have their own conscience as pure law. Lao Tzu

This is the point which the true warrior seeks to arrive, a place where your own conscience is so evolved that you know what is right. Once you get to this point, you have no need of any man-made laws to keep you in line – your honor and integrity is your law. Sure, there is more to enlightenment than honor and integrity, but these traits are the beginning.

The key words in Lao Tzu’s statement are “highly evolved.” If people who are not highly evolved try to make their conscience as pure law, there would be chaos and anarchy. Their conscience is flawed because of a lack of honor and integrity. This is why we have to have laws in the first place.

If everyone was highly evolved, we would have little to no need for the corrupt politicians that make laws which, for the most part, are self-serving in some way. These very same lawmakers prove on a daily basis that they are not enlightened nor live by the laws of honor and integrity. But because of people’s refusal to live as they should, we have evolved into a culture which allows these corrupt men to make laws to keep those, who will not discipline themselves, in line.

So what is the answer? Learn to become your own law by becoming highly evolved. Develop your character to such a highly enlightened state that the government’s laws are practically a non-issue for you.

No, I am not suggesting that the enlightened warrior does not have to obey the law, no matter how crooked and underhanded it may be. Doing so would only cause you more problems in your life.

What I am suggesting is that when you develop your character to such a highly evolved state, the laws that these dishonorable politicians pass, will be a non-issue to you because you will already be living by what is right. Your conscience will become more strict than any biased law with personal agendas.

You will be living by the pure law – universal law that you receive directly from the Source which has no agenda except for being right and just. You will find that when you live this way, you will walk in internal peace, and that the politician’s arguments over their all-important laws are basically meaningless to you.

And, the more you develop this highly evolved, enlightened state of mind, the more you will be unaffected by the everyday things which annoy other people. You will become your own pure law, and you will live by your own standards, not the standards set by those void of honor. At the same time, you will be meeting and exceeding their silly laws by living by your own pure law.

Continue to seek to perfect your own character and you will find that you are becoming more highly evolved each day, and that you can count on your own internal voice to guide you, and guide you correctly. As you continue, your conscience will become your own pure law, and you will be on the path of enlightenment.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

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Mar
29

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-29-2012

Modern Bushido in the life of the warrior

The Fundamental Wisdom of the Warrior

One who is good at being a warrior does not appear formidable.
Lao Tzu

Although many actions of the warrior may appear the same as the ordinary actions of everyone else, they are as different as night and day. There is purpose behind each and every action that the warrior performs. The warrior does nothing without a reason. Do not mistake his silence for ignorance, his calmness for acceptance, or his kindness for weakness. These misconceptions are all far from the truth.

His silence on a subject does not indicate he is ignorant on that subject, but rather that he he knows it is wiser to listen and gain knowledge than to share his knowledge for no reason. You always learn more from listening silently and observing, than by talking with no specific purpose. Warriors take their words more serious than the average person, thus they are prone to be quieter. They speak when they have something to say and a purpose for saying it.

Likewise, the warrior’s calm disposition should not be mistaken for acceptance of what is being said or what is being done at the moment. His calmness during stressful situations does not signify that he is resigned to allow things to be as they are, but that he knows it is better to stay calm, think rationally, and take action on his own time. Staying calm and thinking rationally are both traits of the warrior, and should not be looked at as acceptance or malaise.

In the same way, his kindness should not be seen as a weakness. His kindness stems from his duty to be benevolent, not some weakness which others may mistakenly imagine. True warriors are by nature kind at heart. It is not the true warrior, but the pretender who uses his skills to intimidate those who may be weaker than him.

There are many other traits of the true warrior which people can confuse at first to be something other than what they truly are. But what should be kept in mind, where the warrior is concerned, is that the warrior lives his life differently from the average person. Thus, the measure which is used to size up the ordinary person is not accurate when applied to the warrior. The warrior holds himself to a much higher standard than the average person, while at the same time not seeking to outwardly impress those around him.

Ordinary is not an adjective which can be used to describe the true warrior; and because of this, the ordinary ways that one may interpret someone’s actions do not apply to the true warrior, at least in most cases.

For example, the warrior may be having a drink at a local pub, side by side with many other people who may be simpletons or average guys numbing themselves because of their unhappy lives. Although to the naked eye, you may not be able to see a difference between the warrior and the guy sitting at the bar next to him, there is a huge difference.

They both may be drinking a beer. They both may be minding there own business or even chatting pleasantly with each other. They both may be dressed in similar fashion. But inside they are as different as night and day. It is the inside character which makes the true warrior stand above the crowd, and this is not automatically evident to those around him.

The true warrior is not the same as the average guy on the street, and it is an error in thinking to misinterpret his external mannerisms to be without purpose. Do not mistake his silence for ignorance, his calmness for acceptance, or his kindness for weakness. Always take into account that every action of the true warrior has a purpose.

Each action of the warrior is performed from a place of fundamental wisdom…
it is completely different from the ordinary behavior of a fool.
Even if it looks the same, it is different on the inside.
Takuan Soho

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

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Jan
13

What Makes A True Warrior?

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-13-2012

What Makes A True Warrior?


Warriors are not what you think of as warriors.
The warrior is not someone who fights.
Chief Sitting Bull


There are a group of so-called “experts” (self-proclaimed experts I might add) in the world of martial arts/self-defense who constantly opine that being a warrior is nothing more than being paid to engage in war. This is such an ignorant point of view that one would think no one would take them seriously, but in fact, they have quite a large following. These “experts” publish books which proclaim their “expertise” in everything to do with violence and “real” self-defense. They slam traditional martial arts as outdated and useless on the streets. They mock the fact that honor, character and integrity play a major part in being a true warrior, and instead, insist that being a warrior is nothing more than taking orders on the battlefield.

While everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, no matter how asinine it may be, when someone has young, impressionable people reading and hanging on every word that he writes or speaks, he has a responsibility to the truth. The truth of the matter is that this definition of a warrior is shallow, opinionated, narrow, and, well, simply untrue. I know that this may offend many people, but the unvarnished truth usually does.

A master warrior is a man of character, a man of wisdom and insight.
Forrest E. Morgan

The truth is that what these people declare to be a warrior is one of three things: a soldier, a mercenary, or just plain a thug. A soldier takes orders and does exactly what he is told. That is his job. This does not make him or her a warrior. Don’t get me wrong, there are many true warriors who are soldiers. The military is packed full of true warriors, but this doesn’t mean that everyone in the military or who has been to war is a true warrior. I can show you of many examples of soldiers, who have gone to war and who are not true warriors.

Mercenaries are involved in war, killing, and battles of many kinds, but that doesn’t make them true warriors. In fact, I would argue that most mercenaries are far from being true warriors. They value money over life, and most will do whatever they are paid to do, as long as the money is right.

Is this the attitude of a true warrior? Not in my book, and not according to many people throughout history who were both involved in war and were also true warriors. Killing someone does not make you a warrior, it simply makes you someone who has killed another human being – period. These people have little if any honor or principles, both which are required to be a true warrior.

The man of principle never forgets what he is, because of what others are.
Baltasar Gracian

There are also many trained thugs out there. Some are on the battlefield, some are in the police departments, some are on the streets robbing people, and some are found in martial arts dojos. Just because someone is trained to fight, to use firearms, or to go to war, doesn’t make them a true warrior.

The people who write and teach the philosophy that a warrior is merely someone who engages in war, merely teach this train of thought because they can’t measure up to the real requirements which make someone a true warrior. Their character falls short, so they downplay the importance of such traits as honor and integrity.

Keep your distance from unvirtuous people.
Takuan Soho

If you study what true warriors have said on this issue throughout history, you will find that the men and women that commanded men and women on battlefields agree, being a true warrior requires much more than simply being involved in war. In fact, the vast majority of them will state that war has nothing to do with being a true warrior.

So what does make someone a true warrior? The answer lies much deeper than any battlefield. At the core of every true warrior you will find the traits of honor, integrity and justice. Yes, I know that the people that I described above will laugh and state that “being a warrior has nothing to do with character or honor.” They will shout that these traits have nothing to do with war or with the warrior, and will do so with the same enthusiasm that you hear in their voices when they pat themselves on the back for being so tough. But, they are wrong – period.

While it is true that the word did originate from the term “war,” and can mean someone who takes part or is experienced in warfare. This definition is not the one that should be used to define the true warrior, and is not an accurate definition for the warrior lifestyle. A better definition for a warrior is, “Somebody who takes part in a struggle or conflict.” No, this is not my definition; it actually comes from Webster’s dictionary.

The true warrior is engaged in a struggle and it is a daily fight. His battle is not necessarily on the battlefield, but rather a personal battle to perfect his character and to become a man of excellence in every area of his life. And, according to those who have “been there and done that,” being on the battlefield doesn’t make one a warrior. For someone to be a true warrior, he has to have honor and character. Without those traits, as well as others, he is simply a trained thug.

The true warrior is not a programmed killing machine, although he has the ability and the knowledge to render lethal applications of his skills if his duty requires such extreme actions. Though he is capable of rendering devastating injury to others, he never desires to do so. He is a man of peace and benevolence.

His training in the martial arts is strictly for defense. The warrior pursues knowledge in the art of self-defense and martial arts in order to keep himself and those around him safe, not for personal egotistical reasons.

Honor is central to warriorship.
Forrest E. Morgan

The great Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, once stated that, “Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights…” He goes on to explain himself saying, “The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of humanity.”

This is what he was doing at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, fighting for those who needed his protection, and this is also a very good description of the true warrior and the warrior lifestyle. This takes much more than martial arts or military training. This takes character and honor, the exact things which some well-known authors proclaim have nothing to do with warriorship.

Character and honor are only two of the traits which are essential to the true warrior; there are many more. I will not list them all in this short article for the sake of space. The point is, being a true warrior is much more involved than these self-proclaimed experts would have people think.

Don’t believe the macho, “I’m tougher than you” BS that these authors, “experts” and lecturers assault people’s intelligence with on a regular basis. It is not true. Being a true warrior is a lifestyle choice, not a profession.

Hear all sides and you will be enlightened.
Hear one side, and you will be in the dark.
Wei Zheng

Bohdi Sanders
author of: The Warrior Wisdom Series and Modern Bushido

Aug
23

Balancing the Warrior Ethic with Peace and Love

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-23-2011

Balancing the Warrior Ethic with Peace and Love

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
George Washington

The true warrior trains in many different areas in his quest to perfect his character. One of these areas obviously is the art of self-defense and martial arts. This of course includes ways to severely injure, and even destroy, the human body. The trained warrior knows how to end a conflict quickly, and permanently, if the situation requires him to do so. And, not only is the true warrior trained and capable of inflicting severe pain and destruction on someone, he is also very willing to do this if he is forced to.

This causes many people to have a false impression of the warrior lifestyle. Many people wrongly see those who train in these ways as violent brutes who live to fight. They have the false impression that the warrior is basically a time bomb just waiting to explode on someone who crosses him. The general public doesn’t understand why anyone would train to obtain skills that would enable him to easily take a life or permanently injure someone else. The very idea that the true warrior is a man of peace and love is so foreign to them that they can’t even wrap their minds around this fact.

Each action of the warrior is performed from a place of fundamental wisdom…it is completely different from the ordinary behavior of a fool. Even if it looks the same, it is different on the inside.
Takuan Soho

How could a man trained in martial arts, self-defense, weapons, and the art of death, be a man of peace and love. This seems like the ultimate paradox. Why would a man of peace and love train to develop skills to hurt or kill another human being? Shouldn’t he be spending his days chanting in a cave or meditating on loving his fellow men? Well, let’s take a look at that theory.

Is the recluse who walks away from society, hides in a sanctuary, and spends all his time maintaining a peaceful spirit, really one who loves his fellow man or his he actually being a bit selfish, only concerning himself with his own well-being and peace? What is he actually doing for his fellow men? Not much. On the other hand, the true warrior serves his fellow men, even at the risk of his own peaceful existence. He is not only trained to handle himself in violent situations, but is willing to step into such situations to help others, even at the risk of his own well-being.

Peace is not the lack of war, but an inner virtue which has its source in the courage of the soul.
Baruch Spinoza

The irony is that the general public sees the reclusive monk as a man of peace, only concerned with love, while they see the warrior as a brute and someone to be feared. After all, the monk trains daily to keep a peaceful mind, while the warrior trains in the art of physical conflict. To the average citizen, the monk is a man of peace and the warrior is a man of war. But this is only partially true.

True warriors are men of peace and love. They do everything in their power to avoid having to fight and hurt another human being. They train to hone their martial art skills because there is a need in this world to protect themselves, their families, and other people against the predators in this world who live to prey on the weak, the unsuspecting, and the helpless. If we didn’t have those willing to stand against such people, the predators would have a field day, taking advantage of their hapless victims. The true warrior is there to ensure this doesn’t happen to his friends, his family, or anyone for which it is in his power to protect.

This bring me back to the question of how the true warrior balances his ability to rip some thug apart, with his peaceful, loving nature. How can one maintain a peaceful spirit full of love, and at the same time, severely injure or kill another human being? The answer boils down to his intention. The warrior doesn’t go out and look for chances to pound some thug into the pavement. He doesn’t want to have to fight. In fact, he does everything in his power to avoid fighting or getting physical with someone. De-escalation techniques are (should be) a major part of his training.

To subdue an enemy without fighting is the greatest of skills.
Sun Tzu

The true warrior should be an expert at the art of de-escalation. He should learn how to end a fight or conflict before it ever gets to the point of becoming physical. Of course, this is not always possible, but he will always exhaust every attempt to settle conflicts peaceably, only resorting to violence if he has no other choice. And, if he is forced to resort to getting physical, this is not something that he is happy or boastful about later; if anything, he will feel sad that he had to hurt someone, no matter how much the other person deserved or brought the pain on himself.

This doesn’t mean that he will regret his actions. Quite the contrary. If he had no other choice, and exhausted all other possibilities, he is at peace with his actions, knowing that he did the best he could to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner, but was forced to do as he did to protect himself and others. There is a big difference between wanting to kick someone’s ass, and being forced to hurt someone because you have no other choice.

We make war that we may live in peace.
Aristotle

It is this intent never to use force, if he can avoid it, that sets the true warrior apart. Of course there are many qualities which sets the true warrior apart from the average person; this is only one of the traits that make him a man of excellence. His spirit remains at peace, even after he has thrashed some thug, because his actions were done with the right intention – to protect, not to attack. While this may seem like a minor detail or simply semantics, it makes all the difference. The warrior’s intention to avoid physical conflicts if he can, but to be willing to step up if he can’t avoid getting physical, helps him maintain peace in his spirit. He knows his actions are just, thus he is at peace with what he does.

The true warrior is a man of peace and love, even if others can’t understand this fact. He maintains the balance between his warrior ideals, his martial arts training, and his spirit of peace and love, by striving to make sure that all of his actions are just. In fact, peace, love, and martial arts are all part of his warrior ideals; they are all a part of the whole. He simply strives to make his actions right.

The superior man seeks what is right.
Confucius

If a man’s actions are right and just, he has no reason to be troubled in his spirit. It doesn’t matter how other people perceive his actions, as far as his own personal peace is concerned. When you know in your heart that your actions are 100% right, you don’t feel guilty over what you do. And, when you don’t feel guilty over your actions, you are able to maintain peace in your mind and spirit.

The Bible points out that no man has greater love than the man who is willing to lay down his life for others. Every time the warrior steps into a physical conflict to protect someone else, he is possibly putting his life on the line. Those who say that the warrior is not a man of peace and love should consider this fact. If the warrior wasn’t a man of love, he wouldn’t risk his life or the possibility of an injury to help someone else. The true warrior never wants to fight. He always wants to settle things peaceably. At the same time, he is willing to do what is necessary to protect himself, his family, his friends, and those around him, if he can.

No one in his right mind would rather go out and get into a fight, risking injury or worse, instead of going about his own business, having fun, and enjoying his free time. Most people won’t step up when a conflict erupts; they timidly slip away, hoping that someone else will step in to help the innocent victim. It takes a special person to intervene to help a stranger or a friend who is in trouble. It takes someone with a heart of love and a sense of responsibility to others. The true warrior is this person. This is why he trains in martial arts and self-defense, and this is why he is able to maintain an attitude of peace and love in the midst of a violent encounter.

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
Vegetius

In actuality, the true warrior does not have to balance his warrior ethics with the attitude peace and love because peace and love are a part of his warrior ethics. The warrior lifestyle encompasses peace, love, justice, integrity, honor, and martial arts training (and many other traits). The true warrior understands this and is at peace with his decisions as long as he strives to do what is right, in the right way, with the right intention. The attitude of peace and love are as much a part of the true warrior’s lifestyle as is his martial arts training – different parts of the whole. There lies the balance between a heart of love and peace and the physical skills of the warrior.

Everything in life has to do with maintaining balance. There are many parts of the warrior lifestyle, and balance must be maintained between each part. Your life can get unbalanced even when it comes to things such as love and peace. Too much time spent on any one area leaves another area lacking attention. If the warrior refuses to train his physical skills because he is 100% focused on peace, then his life is out of balance and there will come a time when he will regret neglecting that part of his life. The warrior lifestyle is a lifestyle of balance. There are many parts of the warrior’s life which have to be kept in balance. The warrior ethic consists of multiple parts – peace and love being two of them.

Think, feel, and act like a warrior. Set yourself apart from the rest of society by your personal excellence.
Forrest E. Morgan

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Bohdi Sanders, The Wisdom Warrior, award winning author, Warrior Wisdom

Aug
19

Warrior Wisdom Rakes in Multiple Awards!

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-19-2011

Warrior Wisdom Rakes in Multiple Awards


The WARRIOR WISDOM SERIES has won multiple awards over the last several months. In the past year, Warrior Wisdom has won five national/international awards from several different organizations. Warrior Wisdom was first awarded a 1st Place award from the National Indie Excellence Awards in 2010. Since March, Bohdi Sanders has been award the following awards for his Warrior Wisdom Series:

  • Best Martial Arts Books of the Year from the International Independent Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Martial Arts Literary Man of the Year from the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Inspiration of the Year from the United States Martial Artist Association Hall of Fame
  • Martial Arts Author of the Year from the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame

This has been a banner year so far for Warrior Wisdom! I am honored and flattered by all the positive recognition for my writing and my books.

On a separate note, the Wisdom Warrior Newsletter will be coming out soon. It is currently in the works and will be finished soon. Look for it in your email in the next month!

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior


Mar
22

International Independent Martial Artists Association Hall of Fame Honors for Bohdi Sanders & Warrior Wisdom!

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-22-2011

International Independent Martial Artists Association Hall of Fame Honors
for Bohdi Sanders and Warrior Wisdom!

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Saturday, March 19th, Dr. Bohdi Sanders was inducted into the International Independent Martial Artists Association Hall of Fame. His  book series, WARRIOR WISDOM, was named the Best Martial Arts Books of the Year. This was quite an honor for the acclaimed author and for his writing.

The WARRIOR WISDOM SERIES includes three separate books, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Warrior Wisdom: The Heart and Soul of Bushido, and Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. Each of these books have received exceptional reviews, and Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior won a 1st place award in the Indie Excellence Book Awards for 2010.

Warrior Wisdom is endorsed my many of the top martial artists and martial arts authors and is due to be translated into additional languages in Europe and South Africa this year. These books are available from the author’s website, The Wisdom Warrior as well as on Amazon.com.

Jan
26

The Code of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-26-2011

Code of the Warrior

Code of the Warrior

by Shannon E. French

I found The Code of the Warrior to be a good background summary of some of the origins of the warrior ideals that have been accepted and followed by true warriors over the centuries. Ms. French does a good job at summarizing several warrior cultures, giving history and vital background information which help the reader understand the origins of the different warrior characteristics. This is not a “Pollyanna” look at the traits of the warrior. This book does not simply glorify specific warrior cultures as so many others do. Instead, Ms French delves into both the positives and negatives of each of the eight different cultures that she chose to include in her book. This is done in a very straight-forward and balanced way, as you would expect from an educator.

Personally, I found this book very well written and extremely interesting. The author recommends, and I concur, that the person who has a goal of living life as a true warrior, take what is good from each of these warrior “codes” and leave what is no longer useful for the warrior of today. All of the warrior cultures from the past had both good traits and some which are less than useful for the modern warrior. This book presents both so that you can determine what to accept as part of your personal code and what you would probably be better off leaving to the cultures in question. Besides the discussions of individual warrior cultures, the author also provides the reader with a good bit of history about each of these cultures, which I also found very interesting.

The one area that I wished that the author would have included was an overall summary/combination of the traits from each of these cultures that should make up the code of the warrior for the true warrior of today. It would have been nice if she had taken the best of each of these societies and combined them into a simple summary of traits that should be part of the code of the warrior today, but instead she leaves that up to the reader to decide. This is probably best because, in the end, the code of the true warrior is something that he or she needs to decide on and be dedicated to from a deeply personal dedication. The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed it and found it both thought provoking and entertaining. 5 Stars!

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Jan
06

Death of a True Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-6-2011

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Death of a True Warrior


I just found out that my good friend, world class martial artist, and true warrior, Dr. Charlie Ward, passed away on Dec. 8. I called Charlie to see why I hadn’t heard from him in a while and to see how his new book was coming along, and his mother informed me that Charlie had passed away unexpectedly. Charlie was 41 years old, and during his time on this earth he accomplished much and touched the lives of many people.Charlie was a true warrior in every sense of the word. He was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and was the Bare-knuckle Freestyle NHB World Champion. He was also the head of the U.S. Muay Thai Association in AZ, as well as a professor in martial science at Arizona State University, where he developed the first accredited course in martial arts.

Known as the MMA Professor, he was a great martial artist, a good friend who I thought very highly of, and one of the rare human beings who lived by a true code of honor. Charlie lived the life of the warrior in every part of his life. At the time of his untimely death, he was working on a couple of writing projects which were guaranteed to be the kind of martial arts books that true martial artists would have benefited from reading.

I first met Charlie when he contacted me after reading my first book. He told me that it was one of the best martial arts books that he had ever read and over the next couple of years Charlie
and I become close friends and he loved and endorsed my books. One of his endorsements is actually printed in
Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. In that endorsement, Charlie wrote:

“I am honored to call Dr. Sanders my friend, and I am very proud to have him as a professional colleague and fellow warrior….Dr. Sanders’ writings provide his readers with an accurate understanding and appreciation of the true Martial Spirit, and the art of “Right Living” as a warrior.”

The same could be said of Charlie’s life. He taught many people the true meaning of the martial spirit and the art of right living as a true warrior! Charlie was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and invited me to travel with him to Los Angeles for the presentation. I could not attend because of personal issues that were going on at the time; a decision that I now greatly regret.

It is not death that a man should fear,
he should fear never beginning to live.
Marcus Aurelius

Charlie lived life to the fullest. For Charlie, there was no “off-season” as one of his article discussed; he lived his life right up until the end. At the time of his death, he was writing his soon to be published book. He put his laptop down to take a short nap, and never woke up again in this world. The Celtic warrior died peaceably in his sleep. Please join me this week in raising a glass in the honor of Charlie Ward, the MMA Professor. His passing is a loss, not only to the world of martial arts, but to those who know the true meaning of the warrior lifestyle.Before his death, Charlie informed me that he had nominated me for the Martial Arts Hall of Fame for my literary contributions to the martial arts. I was informed three weeks after his death that I was selected to be inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in March 2011. Charlie’s picture will be framed on my wall in the same frame as my Hall of Fame certificate. Charlie, you will be missed my friend.Charlie wrote many articles over the years. You can check out links to his articles and find out more about Charlie’s life by visiting his websites. Here is the link to his My Space site:

No man can be ignorant that he must die,
nor be sure that he may not this very day.

Cicero

Since it is not granted to live long,
let us transmit to posterity some memorial
that we have at least lived.
Pliny the Younger

Take a deep breath of life and
consider how it should be lived.
Don Quixote’s Creed

Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom


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Dec
03

The November-December Wisdom Warrior Newsletter

The Wisdom Warrior on Dec-3-2010

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Oct
27

Bohdi Sanders’ Wisdom of the Elders Wins National 2010 Best Books Award!

The Wisdom Warrior on Oct-27-2010


Breaking News from the USA
Book News:

USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES the
WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF
THE “BEST BOOKS 2010” AWARDS

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Mainstream and Independent Titles Score Top Honors
in the 7th Annual “Best Books” Awards. Among the winners
is Bohdi Sanders’ book, Wisdom of the Elders, which won a
1st Place Award. This is the second book award that Bohdi
Sanders has won this year.


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Sanders’ first award was for his highly acclaimed book,
Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior,
which also won a 1st Place Award from the National Indie
Excellence Book Awards.

Both of these books, as well as Sanders’ other books, are
available through Dr. Sanders’ website, TheWisdomWarrior.com
and through Amazon.com.

Sep
17

The Nine Noble Virtues: Viking Values for the Warrior Lifestyle

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-17-2010

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The Nine Noble Virtues


The Nine Noble Virtues are derived from the ancient Norse teachings and the Asatru religion, which was the religious views of the Vikings. The main book that these virtues are taken from is called the Havamal, which I have written about in a previous blog many months ago. You may also enjoy going back in my archive and reading some of the quotes from this short but enlightening book. The Havamal contains a lot of wisdom and also gives insight into the culture and values of the Vikings.

The Nine Noble Virtues fit perfectly into the warrior lifestyle, as one would expect since they originated from a warrior culture. These virtues coincide with the virtues of warrior cultures throughout the world, and once again proves that true character and honor is universal. Now, let’s delve into the virtues of the Vikings…


Courage


The Nine Noble Virtues start with courage. This is very appropriate because without courage, you cannot live up to your code of honor for very long. The word “courage” comes from the Latin word “heart.” It takes courage to stand for your beliefs and live according to your own code of ethics. The Vikings were known for their courage and bravery in battle, but courage applies to more than simply being brave in battle.

Courage actually applies to every part of your life. It take courage to do what you know is right, especially when those around you disagree with your point of view. In our politically correct society, courage is more important than ever. Your personal values may be challenged on a daily basis. Standing for what you believe can take a lot of courage.

You must have enough conviction in your beliefs to stand for what you believe and live your life by your own code. This does not mean that you act in rash and tactless ways. There is a difference in being courageous and in being stupid. Have the courage to live by your own code of honor, but do so with wisdom and discretion.


The test of courage comes when we are in the minority.
Emerson

The brave and generous have the best lives.
They’re seldom sorry.
The Havamal


Truth


You should have enough confidence in your beliefs and your actions to be truthful. Truth is simply being honest about what you believe or know to be true and right. Simply put – don’t lie. This sounds very straightforward, but lying has become so commonplace that it is almost expected in today’s world. It shouldn’t be this way for the true warrior.

Lying, in most cases, is an act of cowardice. Live according to what you believe in your heart to be right and you will have no reason to lie about your actions. If you do not think an action is right – don’t do it. If something is not true – don’t say it. Whenever I write or teach this concept, I inevitably have people argue that no one truly knows the truth, or that the truth depends on someone’s point of view.

While it is true that different people see things differently, and thus perceive the truth in different ways, that should not affect you. You live by your truth as best you can. Respect other people’s right to believe what they want, but you live according to the truth as you perceive it in your life. The main thing to consider where truth is concerned, is to always be truthful with yourself. Do not deceive yourself anymore than you would deceive someone else.

The true warrior must make truth a part of his or her life, but as with courage, it is important to remember that you must do so in the right way. There is a right way and wrong way to do everything. Sometimes lying is the right thing to do. The Vikings permitted lying if you were being lied to. The true warrior understands that honor is not black and white. Every action must be evaluated by whether or not it is right and it originates from pure intentions.


There is always a way to be honest without being brutal.
Author Dobrin

There should be truth in thought,
truth in speech, and truth in action.

Gandhi


Honor


Without honor, there can be no true warrior, or true human being as far as that goes. As I just said, honor is not a black and white character trait. It is hard to define. One could define honor as your internal integrity or dignity. Many people wrongfully think that their honor simply has to do with their reputation, but that is not true. It is the warrior who determines his or her honor; your reputation is determined by other people’s thoughts, for the most part.

You determine your own honor, or lack of honor, by staying true to your own beliefs and living according to your own code of honor. Your personal honor is determined internally by your own commitment to live up to your predetermined ethics. It is your intentions and your actions which determine your honor, not what someone else thinks. The true warrior, who lives by a code of honor, will have very few regrets in life because he will know that he has done the best that he can to live a life of honor with truth and purity of intention.


Honor is a harder master than the law.
Mark Twain

Our own heart, and not other men’s opinion,form our true honor.
Samuel Coleridge


Fidelity


The word fidelity simply means being faithful. There are many things that you can be faithful to, not all of them of honorable. Fidelity as used in the Nine Noble Virtues refers to being faithful or loyal to God, to yourself and your beliefs, to your family, and to your friends. The warrior will defend his family and friends no matter what the cost, because of his dedication to this virtue.

Being loyal and faithful to those that the warrior loves is non-negotiable. The Vikings knew this. If someone murdered a Viking’s family, he or she would have an obligation to seek vengeance and puts things right. This is not the same thing as seeking revenge. There is a difference in revenge and in fulfilling an obligation to your loved ones.

Only those with honor can be true friends because it takes loyalty, faithfulness and honor to be a true friend. All others are mere acquaintances. The true warrior is also a true friend once that bond has been entered into. He will take his fidelity to his friends and family seriously, as he does his spiritual relationship with his God.


Be your friend’s true friend.
The Havamal

Be slow to give your friendship,
but when you have given it,
strive to make it lasting.

Isocrates


Discipline


Discipline, as referred to in the Nine Noble Virtues, mostly means self-discipline. These virtues or qualities are not perfected overnight. It takes discipline to live according to your own personal code of ethics. The true warrior lives according to his own code, rather than according to what corrupt politicians or cultural standards dictate. This means that he must exercise a great deal of self-discipline.

If the warrior is going to live by his own standards, he must be willing to control his own actions. Many things that are legal go against the warrior’s own code of honor, and many things that governments declare illegal may be permitted by the warrior’s personal standards. In order for the warrior to stay true to his own principles and virtues, he must develop self-discipline.


He who lives without discipline dies without honor.
Icelandic Proverb

What lies in our power to do,
it lies in our power not to do.

Aristotle


Hospitality


Hospitality is definitely a warrior trait. The warrior is expected to treat others with respect and dignity. You must see other people as people who deserve to be treated with respect and courtesy. The Vikings believed that sometimes the gods would visit people in human form and that in being disrespectful to strangers they could also be disrespecting the gods. The Bible also states a similar belief, stating that many people have entertained angels unknowingly when they have entertained strangers.

Whether or not angels or gods visit people in the form of strangers is irrelevant. What matters is that you treat everyone with respect and courtesy. The warrior does this because it is a part of his own code of ethics. You should treat others with hospitality not because they deserve it, but because that is how you behave towards other people. It has to do with your own principles; what others deserve has nothing to do with it.


It is the task of a good man to help those in misfortune.
Sophocles

We should behave to our friends as we
would wish our friends to behave to us.

Aristotle


Industriousness


Industriousness simply means the willingness to work hard at whatever you do. If something is worth doing, do it well. Do it with pride and do it to the best of your ability. The Vikings looked down on those who were lazy and felt that their gods looked down on those who were lazy also. The warrior has to work hard and smart to take care of his family.

This doesn’t just apply to your vocation, but to everything you do – your entire way of life. The true warrior is a person of excellence. He or she will do everything with care and detail. Mediocre acts are not acceptable. Warriors set high expectations for themselves in everything that they do, and they refuse to lower their standards in their work or their personal beliefs.


He preaches well that lives well.
Cervantes

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than
anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

Henry Ward Beecher


Self-Reliance


Warriors are by nature independent beings. This doesn’t mean that the warrior doesn’t like other people or enjoy being around other people, but rather that he strives to ensure that he doesn’t have to depend on others for his survival. The warrior is responsible for taking care of himself and his family; this is his first and foremost duty in life. He is never comfortable if his family’s welfare depends on something outside of his own control.

Being dependent on someone else for your own needs puts you in a dangerous position. Such a position can make it very hard on the warrior as he may be put into a position to choose between his standards and principles or his job. For this reason, it is best to strive to be as independent of outside influences as possible. This is hard to do in today’s world. Being frugal and financially stable is an important part of being self-reliant. Do your best not to have to depend on other people for your welfare.


It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
Aesop

The greatest fruit of self-sufficiency is freedom.
Epicurus


Perseverance


Without perseverance you will not be successful in applying the Nine Noble Virtues in your life. No one is perfect and you will make mistakes. In order to live the warrior lifestyle, you cannot simply give up and quit when you fall short of your mark. You must persevere. You must not give up.

The warrior’s code of honor is too important for him to give up or give in when the going gets tough. The warrior lifestyle is a lifelong way of living. Being a true warrior is not something you try; it is something you are. It is a way of living, a way of being. You don’t try to be a warrior – you either are a warrior or you are not a warrior. You either have honor and integrity or you don’t. For the true warrior, falling short doesn’t not mean failing, it means learning and being determined to do better next time. Perseverance is essential to live the warrior lifestyle.


First say to yourself what you would be;
and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus

There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
Alexander the Great


These were the ideals that the Vikings lived by and the principles that they taught their children. The Nine Noble Virtues are still wonderful ideals to teach children today. If you will integrate these virtues into your everyday life, you will find that you are living a much more noble life. Think about these traits and develop your own standards or code of honor. Live with honor!


The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world
is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human
virtues increase and strengthen themselves by
the practice and experience of them.

Socrates


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Warrior Wisdom

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Sep
13

The Ultimate Warrior: Pick Your Battles

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-13-2010

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Pick You Battles

If a battle cannot be won, do not fight it.
Sun Tzu

You have to pick your battles wisely. Not every conflict is worth turning
into a major battle. There are certain battles which simply cannot be won no
matter how much effort you put into them or what strategies you use. They
are simply losing causes and fighting such battles does little to help you
accomplish your ultimate objectives. The wise man will not let his pride get
in the way of obtaining his goals, and fighting a battle which cannot be won
is a prime example of allowing your pride to cloud your thinking.

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
Aristotle

It is important to keep in mind that retreating from an individual battle
does not mean that you are surrendering or declaring defeat in the war. A
battle is no more than that – one battle. To continue with the battlefield/war
analogy, a battle is simply one skirmish; your ultimate objective is to win the
war. Many a pawn has to be sacrificed in a chess match in order to capture
your opponent’s king, which is ultimately all that matters in the overall scheme
of things.

Always keep your ultimate objective in mind. Don’t let your pride or anger
interfere with your overall victory. I know that this is easier said than done at
times, but it is a very important part of the game, and one that takes some
self-discipline and practice to perfect. Have an overall plan for victory. Be
willing to sacrifice a battle here and there in order to win the war in the end,
and don’t expend energy fighting a battle which cannot be won at any cost.
Be rational and deliberate.

Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
Montaigne

Many people feel the need to fight a losing battle just to prove to themselves or
others that they are committed to their cause. This is not someone who is
ultimately concerned with their final objective, but rather someone who is
concerned with impressing those around them. This kind of action has more to
do with pride than it does with strategy or common sense. Don’t get wrapped up
in what other people think about your actions. Stay focused on your ultimate
objective.

The secret of success is before attempting anything, be very clear about why you
are doing it.
Guan Yin Tzu

There is wisdom behind Sun Tzu’s teaching. Fighting a battle that cannot be won
is simply wasting your time, energy and resources. It is not the act of staying
busy that makes you successful; it is what you are busy doing that matters in the
end. Don’t do something merely for the sake of doing something. Have a purpose
and strategy behind everything that you do. Sometimes it is wiser to do nothing,
at least what looks like nothing to the outside world, than it is to do something
just because you think you need to be active.

The act of waiting for the ideal moment or simply patiently mulling over the
situation, is not the same thing as doing nothing. What may seem like doing
nothing to other people, may actually be good strategy on your part. Do not
act because of your concern about what other people may think; their thoughts
should not influence your actions. Take time to meditate on each situation and
you will know what you have to do.

You must carefully consider the merits of any action.
Takuan Soho

Don’t fight losing battles. Move with wisdom, not emotion. Let strategy guide
your actions, not pride or anger. Always focus on your ultimate goal. Pick your
battles wisely and strategically in order to accomplish your end goal. It is not
the battle that counts, but rather winning the war. Always think rationally. If
you will do this, you will not fight the battles that you cannot win; instead you
will carefully select your battles to accomplish your ultimate goal.

In whatever position you find yourself, determine first your objective.
Marshall Ferdinand Foch

Bohdi
Warrior Wisdom

Jul
20

The Wisdom Warrior Newsletter

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-20-2010

The WISDOM WARRIOR NEWSLETTER

The first edition of the new Wisdom Warrior Newsletter will be going out this week!

This has been a long time in coming, but I think that my readers will enjoy it very much. This edition will feature articles by Dr. Charlie Ward and author Cherokee Parks, as well as a couple of articles from Bohdi Sanders, and lots of wisdom for your journey.

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Live with Honor!

Jun
03

Misguided Youth – Warrior Vision Quest

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-3-2010
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Misguided Youth -
Warrior Vision Quest

The child is father of the man.
William Wordsworth

Native American warriors were responsible for the protection of their people and also had the responsibility for providing the basic material needs of their people such as food. There were no grocery stores for them to go to when the pantry was bare, nor any refrigerator or freezer to preserve meat over long periods of time; this was an ongoing responsibility and one which fell directly on the shoulders of the warrior. If the warrior did not or could not provide these needs, his family did without or depended on the charity of others. This lifestyle was one which defines self-sufficiency and was an awesome responsibility.

Native American youths had to learn the skills to provide for their wives and children; they could not afford to grow up as the vast majority of our young men do today – aimless, self-centered, selfish, and immature. Native Americans knew this. They knew that their youth were their future. There were no government supplying guaranteed health care. There were no insurance policies for their old age; their sons and daughters were their insurance and were expected to provide for them as they reached the point where their bodies could no longer meet the demands of this self-sufficient lifestyle. Educating their children as to their filial duties and to respect their elders was a major part of the Native American life-cycle.

We respected our old people above others
in the tribe…and we aspired to be like them.
We never allowed our old people to want for anything.

Buffalo Child Long Lance


The Native American tribal leaders understood something that people today neither understand or seem to care about. I am referring to the important role of a meaningful rite of passage into adulthood – the vision quest. In today’s society, most teenagers seem to connect the transition from youth to adulthood as a certain chronological age or the time when they are simply able to drink legally. Now there’s a great rite of passage, “I’m now an adult…Let’s celebrate and get totally wasted!” What a wonderful way to step into the role of adulthood. It is not the youth’s character or accomplishments which determine whether or not they have become an adult, but rather our all-knowing government’s determination that the youth has turned 18 and is now anointed “an adult” or now he is 21 and can legally drink his life away.

To the Native Americans, becoming “an adult” had more to do with an individual’s character and accomplishments than with his chronological age. The focus was on the internal character of the person; the vision quest had more to do with spiritual strength and proving oneself worthy of respect and admiration, than the mere fact that one’s parents kept him alive for a certain amount of time. The purpose of the vision quest was to allow the youth to transform himself spiritually and mentally into a responsible adult, and eventually a warrior.

The monitor within my breast has
taught me the will of the Great Spirit.

Senachwine


The young boy would go away on his own for as long as needed, a period of days, to survive on his own and to acquire this spiritual knowledge and seek guidance for his life and his future. He would not be trusted with any adult responsibilities until he had proven himself spiritually fit to be an adult. During the vision quest, the young man would meditate and pray for guidance for his life. It was expected that he would meet his spirit guide, usually in the form of some animal which would for that point on, be sacred to him. This animal spirit guide would clarify God’s expectations for this young man and help guide him throughout his life.

Ask questions from your heart,
and you will receive answers from your heart.
Omaha Maxim

We believe that God is nearer to us in solitude.
Ohiyesa


The spirit guide was not randomly assigned, but rather came to the boy during his prayers and meditations while he was focused on finding his life-path. This spirit guide became a part of the warrior’s identity. When the boy returned from a successful vision quest, he would first visit with the tribe’s medicine man or religious leader, who would discuss his dreams and meditations with him. He would further help to direct his path. Then their would be a celebration for this boy indicating that he was no longer a child, but now a respected adult on his way to becoming a warrior, and he was expected to conduct himself accordingly. This was a crucial rite of passage and one which was taken seriously by all involved.

The vision quest focused the boy’s mind on becoming a man – on no longer being a child. During this adventure, he learned to rely on himself, he developed self-confidence, self-esteem, and courage. He learned to rely on God to both provide for him and to give him guidance through spiritual means. This was not merely his tribe celebrating his birthday, but this was rather a total transformation of the boy into the man, or at least the beginning of this transformation.

After the vision quest, the boy was then deemed ready to ride with the warriors and count coup to demonstrate his courage, another milestone in his transformation in this warrior culture. In short, the transformation from youth to adulthood was a serious matter and not something to be taken lightly. This was a transformation of a boy on his way to become a warrior.

Everything is sacred.
Black Elk


This is quite a contrast from today’s youth which considers the transformation to adulthood simply a time to party, get wasted, and continue to do so for weeks, months, or years, enabled by parents who proudly declare, “You’re only young once. Live it up while you can!” Is it any wonder that our society is seeing such a decline in both morals and attitudes among our people? This party attitude has been dominant for several decades and we are now starting to see the results. We have missed the mark with our youth when it comes to educating them and guiding them into adulthood. We have taught our youth to be self-centered, selfish, arrogant, and shallow.

Diogenes struck the
father when the son swore.

Robert Burton


Parenting should be taken seriously – very seriously. And, although this will surprise many of you, I do agree with the African proverb which our corrupt politicians have twisted into a political barb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The meaning of this was known to the Native Americans, but has been lost on our society. The true meaning is that every responsible adult should help guide our youth in the right direction when he or she sees a young person acting inappropriately. It has nothing to do with the government controlling families or individuals.

Care enough to attempt to help guide a young person if you see that he or she is headed in the wrong direction. You never know, you may just be the only guidance that the young person in question has available to him or her. Don’t just mumble something about, “young jerks” under your breath and keep going about your business – make a difference, or at least attempt to make a difference. Your words may not make any difference at all, but then again, they may completely change someone’s life.

This lack of guidance and quality parenting is the cause of many of the problems in our country today, and it has a domino effect. Maybe it is time to reconsider the vision quest or something equivalent, to give our youth a vision of how their lives should be lived. Nobody just happens to live a lifestyle of excellence by accident; it is something that has to be fostered and taught. The warrior lifestyle requires effort. It requires someone to teach the benefits and reasons behind taking the road less traveled. It is not the easy, party road, but rather to steep road where life is lived a little more seriously and with purpose and character.

Letting children determine their own path without any guidance is equivalent to not caring; if you care about their future or yours, you should take the time and effort to provide wise guidance for tomorrow’s adults. One way or another, you will be held responsible for you choice where this responsibility is concerned – the choice is yours.

Remember that your children are not your own,
but are lent to you by the Creator.
Mohawk Maxim

Bohdi
Warrior Wisdom

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May
18

Warrior Wisdom Wins 1st Place National Award

The Wisdom Warrior on May-18-2010

Warrior Wisdom Wins Prestigeous Book Award

Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, the first book in the Warrior Wisdom Series, has won the 1st Place award in its category in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Book Awards! This is the first book award that the highly acclaimed Warrior Wisdom Series has won. These books have been highly reviewed and praised for their wisdom by people from martial artists to military personnel, and from teachers to housewives. It is a wonderful honor to also be recognized by the professional literary community.

If you haven’t read Warrior Wisdom yet, now is the time to find out what all of the buzz is about. Warrior Wisdom is not for martial artists only – the wisdom it contains is for everyone who wants to live a life of excellence. The excitement about Warrior Wisdom seems to be gaining more and more momentum and evidenced by this wonderful honor. To read the many reviews on Warrior Wisdom, click on this link: Warrior Wisdom Reviews.


Mar
21

The Noble Eightfold Path of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-21-2010

The Noble Eightfold Path of the Warrior

1 – Right Understanding

Right understanding is essential to the warrior. It is not good enough to just memorize your martial arts techniques or to memorize some wise sayings. You have to go past rote memorization and get to the point of having a thorough understanding of the underlying principles behind your art and your values. Simply scratching the surface doesn’t cut it. In whatever you do, pursue understanding…correct understanding.

Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass.
Japanese Proverb

2 – Right Thought

Science has proven that our thoughts are actually energy and have an effect on exterior things. No, I’m not just talking about the information such as the theories contained in the book The Secret. Our thoughts have a powerful influence on both our emotions and our body chemistry. Sad/depressed thoughts will cause the body to produce different hormones, enzymes, etc. than happy/excited thoughts do. This can even be measured in the composition of someone’s tears. Tears of joy have a different chemical make-up than tears of pain or tears of sadness.

In addition, your thoughts control your emotions and it is very important, especially for the warrior, to keep your emotions in check. If you doubt that your thoughts control your emotions, sit and meditate on something very sad for a while and see what affect it has on you, or put on some great music that you love and see if your thought pattern and your emotions don’t get a boost. Thoughts matter…

It is the mind which makes a man, or mares him.
Sai Baba

3 – Right Speech

This is a biggie! The person walking the path of the warrior has to watch his speech. It is so easy to say the wrong thing, especially if you are out of sorts. Be even more careful to watch what you say if you are angry or upset with someone. You can say something in a split second, which will cost you dearly for days, months, or even years to come. Right speech is a form of self-discipline. Simply put, it is self-control. Control your emotions and your speech, instead of letting your emotions control you or your speech. If you want the respect of others, watch what you say.

Don’t talk too much – your ignorance exceeds your knowledge.
Spanish Proverb

4 – Right Action

A man’s action is evidence of his creed. Every action that you take, everything you think, say or do, either brings you closer to your goals, or takes you further away from your goals, on the journey through the warrior lifestyle. Your actions matter. Make your actions right. Listen to your spirit and follow your intuition. Let your personal code of ethics and honor guide your every decision. Do the right thing, at the right time, and in the right way.

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard
than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

5 – Right Livelihood

There is nothing more draining for a warrior than going to a thankless job, which he absolutely hates, every single day. This sucks the life from your spirit, the energy from muscles, and the vitality from your mind. Nevertheless, the warrior will continue to do his job to the best of his abilities until the right livelihood comes along. Finding the right livelihood makes life so much better, especially if it is one in which the warrior can feel he is fulfilling a higher purpose with his life. When you do find the right livelihood you will know it because work will no longer be work, but rather a passion for you.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing
what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

6 – Right Effort

Buddha said that whatever you do, you should put your whole heart into your task, being diligent and energetic. Put forth your best effort. If it is worth doing at all, it is worth doing well. If the task is only worthy of a partial effort, why even bother with it. The warrior aims for excellence in all that he does; there is no room for half-hearted effort in the warrior’s world. If the mind and heart are right, the effort will be right.

Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts.
This is the secret to success.
Swami Sivananda

7 – Right Mindfulness

Right mindfulness is very close to right thought. Right mindfulness is what you keep your mind focused on throughout the day. Are you focusing on your goals, your training, and becoming the best person that you can be, or are you simply daydreaming your time away? It is important to keep your mind focused in the now. If you continue to focus on what is happening at this very moment, you will not find yourself regretting the past or worrying about the future. Stay in the moment.

It is the mind that leads a man to power, not strength of body.
Crow Maxim

8 – Right Concentration

According to Hsun Tzu, the superior man is committed to focus. Learn to concentrate on what you are doing, and do only one thing at a time. Today, we are all too prone to multi-tasking, doing several things at once. The sages taught that to do two things at once is to do neither. In order to perform at our best, we have to give our total attention to the task at hand. Take care of one thing and then move on to the next. Concentrate all your thoughts on the work at hand. Concentration is key to proper martial arts techniques. Without concentration your technique will lack energy.

A concentrated mind will pierce a rock.
Japanese Proverb

Bohdi
Warrior Wisdom

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Mar
20

The Warrior Lifestyle

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-20-2010

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The Warrior Lifestyle

What is the warrior lifestyle? The true warrior is a rare person in today’s world. He lives life with a different set of values compared with the rest of society. Even those who do share the same values, rarely live a lifestyle which adheres to those values to the extent that the warrior does. To most people, ethics are situational. They make decisions according to what is best for them, instead of what is right. This is not the case with the warrior. The warrior values honor, integrity, justice, and his sense of what is right, above all else. His ethics are not situational; they are his way of life.

The warrior lifestyle revolves around a code of ethics which is non-negotiable. The warrior’s code of ethics, or code of honor, is taken very seriously. To the warrior, distinguishing between right and wrong is of the utmost importance. He sees right and wrong in terms of black and white. He knows that an action is either honorable or dishonorable. This is not meant to imply that honor is black and white; honor is not that simple.

Those who live the lifestyle of the warrior know that whether or not an action is honorable, is determined by both one’s intentions and the situation at hand. This is not to be confused with situational ethics. The warrior’s ethics do not change according to the situation. His actions will change as needed, but his ethics remain set in stone. There is a big difference between ethics and actions. Ethics determine actions; actions do not determine ethics.

The warrior lifestyle is concerned with what is right and what is honorable. A warrior’s ethics revolve around these two issues. Justice and honor are foremost on his mind. His thoughts are centered on “what is right,” not on other people’s opinions of what is right. He realizes that many people profess a belief in absolutes which they neither live by, nor truly believe in, when push comes to shove.

The only absolute that the warrior lives by is that of what is right and wrong. If it is not right, he doesn’t do it. He determines what is right and wrong by his strict code of ethics, not some arbitrary laws or the politically correct standards of the day. The warrior doesn’t appear to be honorable; he is honorable. Sincerity is ingrained in this lifestyle. This is a lifestyle that is meant to be lived, not fantasized about or merely discussed.

This lifestyle consist of much more than being trained in the art of war or the art of self-defense, although these are an important part of the life of the warrior. It also consists of the challenge to perfect one’s character. This is a process much like the Japanese concept of kaizen. Kaizen can be translated as constant, never-ending improvement. True warriors try to apply this concept to every area of their life. They seek to balance and improve each area – spirit, mind and body, on a daily basis.

Each area of your life is important and should be kept in balance. Training men in the art of war or in the art of martial arts, without regard to character, only produces a dangerous man; it does not produce a warrior. In years past, the martial arts masters would not train someone fully until they felt assured of that person’s character. Today most schools will train anyone who can pay, regardless of their character or lack of character. This is dangerous information to give to just any and everyone who comes along. In my opinion, character should be a prerequisite, not only for martial arts training, but for many of the privileges which we enjoy in this country.

I am asked often whether or not I believe that the term “warrior” should apply only to military men and women who have been in war or to trained and experienced fighters. Although I realize this is the literal definition of a warrior, I do not believe that this is the correct definition, not according to the many accounts from past warriors anyway. This literal definition of a warrior is not the definition that is used for our discussion of the warrior lifestyle in Warrior Wisdom . An ape can be trained to throw punches and kick, a dog can be trained to fight, but that doesn’t make either of them warriors. Being a warrior involves more than being trained to fight or being in the military; it involves character training as well. Character training is the true goal of Bushido, the way of the warrior.

Please don’t misunderstand me; I have great respect for our military men and women. But I believe that anyone who has ever served in the military will agree that not every soldier lives by the character traits which are necessary for the warrior lifestyle, anymore than every martial artist or every person in general lives by these standards. I’m not taking anything away from those who serve our country. Every person who serves our country deserves our respect and gratitude, but service doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person is concerned with perfecting his or her character. It is rare to find people who take their ethics seriously today. It is common to find people who claim to take their ethics seriously, but I am referring to people who walk to the walk, not just “talk the talk.”

Yes, the warrior is concerned with physical training and the martial arts, but he also knows that character training is the cornerstone of the warrior lifestyle. The true warrior should be trained in martial arts. His ethics require that he be ready to defend his family, friends, or himself in certain situations. In today’s world, you never know when you may have to use your martial arts skills. It is essential that you have this training to be as self-reliant and as safe as possible, but without a code of ethics, which is based on a deep understanding of right and wrong, there is no warrior; there is only someone trained to fight. There is a difference. Without the character traits of honor, integrity and justice, there is no warrior lifestyle.

In short, the warrior lifestyle is for anyone who want to live a life of excellence; a life which adheres to a strict code of ethics. You must be willing to live your life based on honor, preparedness and what is right. This lifestyle requires that you put your ethics before your comfort, and that you put what is right before what is profitable. It requires filial duty, dedication to family and friends, and a willingness to help those in need. It requires independence in thought and action. This lifestyle is a decision, not a profession.

This is just a brief introduction to the lifestyle of the warrior. Each of these points can be greatly expanded and I understand that not everyone will agree with my assessment. Even if you disagree with my definition of a warrior or the characteristics of the warrior lifestyle, you will still find the wisdom in this book to be very useful. Warrior Wisdom seeks to provide the reader with wisdom from throughout the ages that will help him live the warrior lifestyle. This lifestyle is not a goal to be achieved, but rather a road to be traveled. May you travel this road with honor.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior


Mar
19

WARRIOR WISDOM 1

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-19-2010


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Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior is a book for those who truly want to live the warrior lifestyle…those who want to live a life of honor, character, and virtue. Warrior Wisdom is packed full of wisdom from every corner of the earth and from across the centuries, all geared toward living the lifestyle of the true warrior.

True warriors know what it means to live a life that is guided by a strict code…the code of the warrior. Throughout the centuries this code has been called by many names: Bushido, The Way of the Warrior, Chivalry, The Knights’ Code of Honor, Code of Ethics, The Samurai Code, etc. All of these essentially have the same goal, to provide the true warrior with standards to live by in order to perfect his character. The warrior must hold himself responsible to a higher standard than anyone else expects of him.

“The superior man is watchful over himself even when alone.”
Chung Yung

The true warrior takes his code of honor seriously. This is not some mental fantasy that he plays around with until reality sets in. His code of honor is a set of standards which are as much a part of his life as his name. The code has to do with the warrior’s integrity, honor, character, virtue, self-control, self-respect, and overall principles. It is truly his life. These qualities take discipline to refine. Nobody is born with all of these character traits. They have to be developed and perfected over time. Just as Confucius stated,

“I was not born knowing what I teach you.
Being fond of the past, I sought it through diligence.”

Confucius

These character traits are what makes the warrior standout in a world where these traits are becoming more and more rare. For the true warrior, these traits are essential. Without them, he is nothing more than a thug with fighting skills. Warrior Wisdom is a guide for the modern day warrior.

“No compromises; to live resolutely in integrity…”
Goethe

Warrior Wisdom also covers the art of war, not necessarily on the battle field, but more of the art of war for the streets. The sage may have all of the quality traits listed above, but he is not a warrior. The warrior has to be skilled in martial arts, as well as have the courage to live by the standards that he has set for himself. It takes more than courage to be the defender of the weak and needy. It takes strength and ability. It takes training. It takes knowledge and skill. It takes a warrior.

“Victory is not gained through idleness.”
German Proverb

All of these topics and more are also covered in Warrior Wisdom. If you are interested in living a life of character and honor, then you will want to check out Warrior Wisdom:Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior.

For updated discussions on the issues which are important to the modern day warrior, be sure to take a look at the Warrior Wisdom category on The Wisdom Warrior site. We will continue to cover the wisdom passed down through the ages for the warrior.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Bohdi Sanders, The Wisdom Warrior, award winning author, Warrior Wisdom

Mar
02

The Warrior Lifestyle

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-2-2010


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The Warrior Lifestyle
Making Your Life Extraordinary

The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary is the third book in the Warrior
Wisdom series, and continues to offer the reader insight into the warrior lifestyle.
The warrior lifestyle is not what most people seem to think it is; it is a
lifestyle based on the perfection of character, and not based on violence. To
many people, the mental image that they visualize when they think of a warrior
is that of a brute programmed for war. They picture a killing machine
whose only concern is war – Rambo with no personal compass.

This is a common misconception where the true warrior is concerned. While
the main definition of the warrior found in most dictionaries is, “Somebody
who takes part in or has experience in warfare.” This definition is not the one
that should be used to define the true warrior, and is not an accurate definition
for the warrior lifestyle. A better definition for a warrior is, “Somebody
who takes part in a struggle or conflict.” The true warrior is engaged in a
struggle and it is a daily fight. His battle is not necessarily on the battlefield,
but rather a personal battle to perfect his character and to become a man of
excellence in every area of his life.

The relentless enemy that he must face is that of his base nature. He battles
this enemy daily, constantly repelling the temptation to lower his personal
standards which he has decided to make an integral part of his life. His standards,
or his code of honor if you will, demand that he live a life of excellence.
Because his code of honor involves much more than his martial skills,
he realizes that there is much more to the warrior lifestyle than simply being
experienced in the art of war or self-defense. He is engaged in a battle to
conquer himself; the greatest victory is victory over one’s self.

While it is true that martial arts training is a vital part of warriorship, it is
not the sole component of a true warrior. There are many people who are
trained fighters who are not true warriors. The world is full of killers, gang
members, and people of low character who are well-versed in weapons and
how to take a human life, but is this the singular requirement for being a
warrior? Are these people true warriors or simply trained thugs? Anyone can
learn to pull a trigger or destroy the human body. Does this knowledge make
them a true warrior, or is there more to the warrior than the ability to fight?

Throughout the centuries, there have been both men of low character and
men of exceptional character engaged in warfare. Although they both have
been trained in the art of war, there is a significant difference in these two
types of men. The true warrior is a man of character. There is more to him
than his fighting skills. He is a man of wisdom and honor. His presence makes
those around him safer. His code of honor requires that he protect those around
him and only use his martial skills for defense and never for personal gain or
selfish reasons.

The true warrior is not a programmed killing machine, although he has
the ability and the knowledge to render lethal applications of his skills if his
duty requires such extreme actions. Though he is capable of rendering devastating
injury to others, he never desires to do so. He is a man of peace and
benevolence. His training in the martial arts is strictly for defense. The warrior
pursues knowledge in the art of war in order to keep himself and those
around him safe, not for personal egotistical reasons.

Warriors have an independent spirit. The warrior is a man who thinks for
himself and thinks rationally. I have had many people question me concerning
some of the people who I quote in my writing. They question whether or
not this man or that man is appropriate as a source of wisdom for the warrior
because of his reputation or something that he did in his lifetime. My response
is there are no perfect people. I believe that the warrior should use
wisdom wherever he finds it. Wisdom can come from various and unpredictable
sources. Whether it is a five year old child or a wino on a street corner,
anyone can have a profound and insightful thought.

True wisdom is universal. Should we discard an enlightened thought simply
because we are not impressed with the person who is used to communicate
that thought to us? The true warrior knows that the purpose of wisdom is
to improve his life and his character. Even if that wisdom comes from a five
year old child or an old wino, he is not too proud to take what is said and
meditate on it and apply it in his life. He thinks for himself and is not influenced
by political correctness or the mind games that many people play.

Our currency all comes from government sanctioned mints and has value
no matter whose pocket it happens to be at any given moment. In the same
way, universal wisdom all comes from One Source and is useful in guiding
the warrior on the warrior’s path. It does not matter who the carrier of that
wisdom may be, universal wisdom does not lose its value. The warrior knows
this and uses his spirit as a guide to the truthfulness and validity of the thoughts
of others. He uses what he finds useful and discards what strikes him as, “not
quite right.”

There are many sides to the warrior. True warriors not only develop their
physical skills, but they also focus on perfecting their mental, emotional, and
spiritual sides. They seek to find balance in their life and to bring every part
of their life into alignment with that of the warrior ideals. The ideals of the
warrior focus on principles which lead to personal fulfillment in every area of
his life. Warriors seek to perfect each part of their life, not only their martial
art skills.

The warrior lifestyle is one of taking one’s life seriously, especially where
honor, character, and integrity are concerned. It requires patience and self-discipline.
It requires dedication and hard work. The true warrior is not willing
to go through life as so many others do, passing each day as if they are on
auto-pilot, in a semi-hypnotic state. He prefers to live life to the fullest, and to
live by his own standards. He prefers to be totally awake and live in the
present moment.

The warrior’s path is a path of excellence, discipline, service, honor, and
character. It is a path that not many are willing to walk, but one which benefits
all who dare to travel its steep terrain. Everyone has a decision to make
concerning which life-path he will choose. Most choose the path of least resistance.
Only a select few choose the path of the warrior, but those who do,
find it worth the struggle. The warrior’s path is a conduit of excellence. It is
the path of the true human being – the warrior.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Bohdi Sanders, The Wisdom Warrior, award winning author, Warrior Wisdom

Mar
02

WARRIOR

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-2-2010

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood - Bohdi Sanders

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WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

The great Sioux chief, Sitting Bull, once stated that, “Warriors are not
what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who fights…” At
first this statement seems strange and contrary to what most people think
when they hear the term “warrior.” How is it that the warrior is not someone
who fights? Could it be that Sitting Bull didn’t really know what he was
talking about? Was he really “qualified” to explain what being a real warrior
means? Oh, wait, wasn’t he one of the warriors who defeated General Custer
in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, known to the Sioux people as the Fight at
Greasy Grass Creek?

Sitting Bull was one of the great warriors in one of the most well known
battles fought on American soil; he must know something about warriorship.
He was definitely not opposed to fighting for what he believed to be right,
especially when left with no honorable alternatives. He was obviously a brave
man who had the courage to meet his enemy face to face on the battlefield, as
opposed to being a man who claimed that there is “never any reason for violence,”
or that “violence never solved anything.” So what did this great warrior
mean when he stated that, “Warriors are not what you think of as warriors.
The warrior is not someone who fights…?”

Basically, what Sitting Bull is saying is that fighting is not the only component
or even the most important part of being a warrior. He goes on to
explain himself saying, “The warrior, for us, is one who sacrifices himself for
the good of others. His task is to take care of the elderly, the defenseless, those
who cannot provide for themselves, and above all, the children, the future of
humanity.” This is what he was doing at the Battle of the Little Big Horn,
fighting for those who needed his protection, and this is also a very good
description of the true warrior and the warrior lifestyle.

The warrior lifestyle involves much more than the ability to fight and
defend yourself and those you love. It involves developing your character,
living a life of honor and integrity, defending those who can’t defend themselves,
taking care of the elderly and your family; in short, it involves service
to others along with perfecting your character. Many people seem to get hung
up on the literal definition of the term “warrior.” The literal definition, which
can be found in most dictionaries, defines the term “warrior” as someone
who is trained or experienced in warfare.

As far as the warrior lifestyle is concerned, this definition falls far short of
being complete. Throughout history, when the term “warrior” has been used,
it has carried with it a deeper meaning than simply “someone experienced in
warfare.” Warriors have been revered for their character as much as their
martial arts skills. The warrior was seen as a man of character, integrity and
honor, not simply someone who knew how to fight, or who was experienced
in fighting. It is true that the warrior should be skilled in the art of war or in
the martial arts, but this is only a small part of being a true warrior.

Gichin Funakoshi stated that the ultimate goal of karate is the perfection
of human character, not the perfection of one’s martial arts skills; this is basically
the same thing that Sitting Bull was trying to teach us. Being a true
warrior involves balance. The warrior strives for excellence in every part of
his life, not only in developing his martial arts skills, but also in his everyday
life. The warrior has to endeavor to perfect himself spiritually and mentally,
as well as physically. While it is true that the martial arts play an important
part in the life of the true warrior, the martial arts are only a part of the
warrior’s life.

There are many other parts of the warrior’s life which must also be addressed
if he is serious about living the warrior lifestyle. Character training is
definitely an important part of being a warrior. Without character training,
so-called “warriors” are nothing more than thugs, trained to fight, but with
no knowledge of what is worth fighting for. To educate someone in the martial
arts without regard to their character, is simply training a menace to society.
The ancient martial arts masters knew this and refused to train those who
they felt lacked the character and integrity needed to be given these dangerous
skills.

Character was important to the masters of old and was taken into account
before someone was trained. Today, the martial arts have become big business
and anyone with enough money can obtain as much training as they
want, no matter how poor their character may be. Are these people warriors
simply because they have purchased years of training and know how to fight?
Are gang members who know how to fight warriors? Well, if you go by the
literal definition, your answer would have to be yes, but if you go by the
definition that I use for the true warrior, the answer is definitely no.

My definition of a true warrior is someone who has the ability and will to
fight to protect himself, his friends, his family, and his ideals, and at the same
time, seeks the perfection of his own character through a life lived with honor,
integrity, and an unflinching dedication to what is right according to his own
code of ethics. The ability to fight is only a small part of this definition. The
true warrior has to develop more than his martial arts skills. The qualities of
the true warrior go much deeper than that.

Warriors should exhibit the best qualities among men. The true warrior
makes a firm decision to try to perfect his character and to live by a strict
code of ethics. His word is his honor. His duty stays fresh on his mind. He
lives life a little more seriously than most, but at the same time lives life to its
fullest. He sees through the veil of appearances covering most parts of this
world, but does so without looking down on those who are less perceptive.

Family and friends are important to him, and they know that they can
always count on him for protection and help in their times of need. He bases
his decisions on his code of ethics, and he instinctively knows right from
wrong, and chooses right. He knows that, at times there is a difference bexviii
tween what is right and what is legal, and what is wrong and what is illegal.
As Lao Tzu taught, “Highly evolved people have their own conscience as
pure law.”

The true warrior is able to hold his head high with honor because he knows
that he lives his life to the best of his ability, with honor and integrity. His
code is ingrained in his spirit and is a part of his being. Warriors walk alone
much of the time, as they prefer solitude to the company of lesser men. The
warrior is a man who shoots for excellence in everything he does. These are
the things which make someone a true warrior and the development of these
traits leads to the warrior lifestyle.

Warrior: The way of Warriorhood is a journey through
the wisdom and character of the warrior lifestyle. Bushido literally means,
“the way of the warrior,” and that is what Warrior is all about – the way of the
warrior. This book looks at the many aspects of the life of the warrior, from
character training to physical training, and everything in between, and hopefully
will serve as an interesting guide for you on your journey towards your ultimate goal – warriorhood.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Bohdi Sanders, The Wisdom Warrior, award winning author, Warrior Wisdom

Feb
22

The Warrior’s Path

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-22-2010

The Warrior’s Path

The path of the warrior is lifelong, and
mastery is often simply staying on the path.
Richard Strozzi Heckler

The warrior lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. It is a lifelong approach to living your life, day by day, by the standards and code of ethics that you have set for yourself. To stay on this path you have to follow to certain directions, just as you would follow a road map or signs to make sure that you remain on the right highway when you are traveling. You can’t just aimlessly go through life with no direction.

Remember this: whoever lives a life of chance
Will in the end find himself a victim of chance.
Francesco Guicciardini

Character training is the road map to the path of the warrior. You must study the qualities that make up the character of the warrior. Meditate on these character traits until they become a part of your spirit; until they become who you truly are deep inside. No one is born with all of the character traits which make the warrior the extraordinary human that he truly is. These traits have to be developed through study, training, meditation, and learning from our mistakes.

He who plants trees in the morning
does not saw planks in the afternoon.
Chinese Proverb

I was not born knowing what I teach you.
Being fond of the past, I sought it through diligence.
Confucius

Yes, the warrior makes mistakes.  No one is perfect. The difference in the ordinary man and the warrior is when the warrior makes a mistake he learns from his error and makes the necessary changes that will help him make better decisions next time. He is constantly trying to improve his character. His mistakes do not mean defeat unless he allows them to cause him to give up the path of the warrior. Mastery will come if you simply stay on the path and continue to learn and improve your character every day. Don’t get frustrated with the apparent lack of progress in your journey. Remember, this is a journey, not a destination.

Though the wind blows, the mountain does not move.
Japanese Proverb

We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Feb
13

Behind the Veil: The Eye of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-13-2009

Behind the Veil:
The Eye of the Warrior

Truth is Power.
Lakota Maxim

Is anything really as it appears? Unless you have first-hand knowledge concerning certain information, someone’s actions, specific plans, or strategies, do you really think that you know what the honest to goodness truth is? Most likely you don’t, even if you feel that you do. Unless you are actually privileged to the inside information, you are simply going on theory, hearsay, or worse yet, what the media spoon feeds the sheep.

Things are not always what they seem;
the first appearance deceives many:
the intelligence of a few perceives
what has been carefully hidden.
Phaedrus

There is a facade purposely put up to veil the truth from you. The warrior has to see this and take pains to the best of his ability to find out what the truth behind the veil actually is, especially if he is planning to act with conviction concerning some matter. Never act on half truths or after hearing only one side. This is a trait of the simple-minded and can come back to haunt you. You have to be careful about what you believe in these times of information overload. It can be hard to decipher the truth from distorted spin.

Instead of thinking how things may be,
see them as they are.
Samuel Johnson

Don’t rely on the label on the bag.
French Proverb

Things are not as they seem. Most everything that you read or hear has been carefully scripted and manipulated in order to accomplish certain goals. I have sucked into believing things which were emailed to me by trusted sources several times, only to find out later that the information was bogus. This can hurt your reputation as a reputable person. While it is true that most of us don’t have the time to do research and peal back the layers of falsehoods to get to the truth of the matter, it is a necessity if you are going to put your reputation on the line.

Things do not pass for what they are,
but for what they seem…
things are judged by what they look,
even though most things are far
different from what they appear.
Baltasar Gracian

This is yet another reason why the warrior is a man (person) of few words. You don’t have to give your opinion on every little thing that comes up in conversation. Nobody knows everything about everything, and it is folly to try to sound intelligent and bluff your way through a conversation in which you don’t have all the facts. It is better to be quiet and watch others through the eye of the warrior – the eye of the warrior can see BS from a mile away. Most people simply ramble on without knowing what they are talking about, and those in the know see them as fools.

At all times, look at the thing itself –
the thing behind the appearance.
Marcus Aurelius

Strive to get clear notions about all.
Seneca

It is much better to be objective – to hear both sides of everything, and then do a little research before you give your opinion, if you give your opinion at all. Don’t be swept up into the tide of popular opinion. Just because the majority believes something, does not make it true. Most of the time, the majority are in the wrong. Political correctness is not a sign of intelligence, but rather a sign of someone who is easily led and wants to be thought of as intelligent. Be a maverick and see through the eye of the warrior; slip behind the veil. The substance is always found behind the shadow.

Be not deceived with the first appearance of things,
for show is not substance.
English Proverb

Beware that you do not lose the substance
by grasping at the shadow.
Aesop

Bohdi
Warrior Wisdom

Nov
09

Love & Annihilation: The Infinite Warrior Cycle

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-9-2008

Love & Annihilation: The Infinite Warrior Cycle

To do a great right, do a little wrong.
Shakespeare

I have often thought about whether or not it is possible to integrate the peaceful teachings of the sages with the total destruction that a skilled warrior can render on his enemy. How does the warrior balance the destructive, martial side of his life, with the calm, peace-loving, side which is taught by masters such as Lao Tzu and Jesus? As I have said many times, the warrior is a peace-loving individual. I totally enjoy the wisdom of the elders and try to live according to the teachings of the sages such as Lao Tzu, but how does one integrate teachings such as those found in the Tao Te Ching with what must be done to protect himself and those he loves in times of crisis?

This is a balancing act for the warrior, and one which requires time spent in meditation and deep thought concerning his personal code of ethics. He has to figure out exactly how far he is willing to go before he finds himself in a life-or-death situation. He has to determine what he must do to balance the teachings that are a part of his life, with the things which, at times, must be done in order to fulfill his duties as a warrior. This is a tall order and takes time spent in quiet contemplation for the warrior to fully come to grips with how to balance these two parts of his life.

For when moral value is considered,
the concern is not the actions, which are seen,
but rather with their inner principles, which are not seen.
Kant

Most things can be perceived in more than one way, just as the glass can be viewed as half full or half empty. If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to get physical with someone, think of the reasons you must fight, not how sad you feel at the prospect of having to do damage to your enemy. Think of the duty that you have to protect those around you, not of your desire for things to be different. Think of what you fight for, not what you fight against. What you fight for determines whether your fight is just or unjust.

It is circumstance and proper measure that give an action its character,
and make it either good or bad.
Plutarch

Can this be done with love? Can a warrior walk in love as Lao Tzu, Jesus, Buddha, and others taught, while at the same time destroying his enemy? He can if his perception is right. When you must fight, think of fighting for those you love. This is the flip side of fighting against those you hate. Must you hate your enemy in order to stand for what you know is just and defeat him? I don’t think so. You do not have to allow your emotions to drift into anger and hate in order to use your martial arts skills. In fact, getting emotional can cloud your thinking and hinder your success.

The angry man will defeat himself in battle as well as in life.
Samurai Maxim

Remember to preserve a calm soul amid difficulties.
Horace

Control your emotions and your thoughts. This is the key to finding balance between the spiritual side of the warrior which tries to live according to the wisdom of the sages, and the physical side of the warrior which has the power to destroy. You have to know that your actions are just. A guilty conscience can be dangerous for the warrior. If he feels deep inside that his enemy’s anger against him is just, he will have a hard time going against this enemy. The warrior must stand on the side of justice, and when he is in the wrong, he must own up to the error of his ways, not continue to maintain a position which he knows is not right.

In critical times, one must be devoted utterly to the cause of justice.
Gichin Funakoshi

So, can the warrior balance the spiritual and physical duties of the warrior lifestyle? The answer is absolutely, but as with so much of the warrior lifestyle, it takes work. The warrior lifestyle is a lifestyle of excellence, and a life of excellence takes effort. It doesn’t just happen naturally while you are sitting on the couch watching television. You have to work for it. You have to take the time to develop yourself – spirit, mind, and body. It is up to you, nobody is going to do it for you. When it comes right down to it, nobody else cares. It is extremely rare to find anyone else who really cares about the truly important parts of your life. You’re basically on your own in this arena, as you are in most others.

Each individual is responsible for his own evolution.
Lao Tzu

Prepare yourself for you must travel alone.
Book of the Golden Precepts

If you are not willing to slow down and spend some time in quiet meditation and contemplation, you will never have a deep understanding of this essential balance. Exercise your mind, and think for yourself. This sounds so simple, but it actually takes more effort and discipline than your physical training. The mind can be hard to control. Control it nonetheless! Be the master of your thoughts, not mastered by your thoughts. Determine your code of ethics and find balance today.

One should know what our convictions are, and stand for them…
therefore it is wise to be as clear as possible about one’s subjective principles.
Carl Yung

Perfection is attained by slow degrees;
She requires the hand of time.
Voltaire

Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom

Nov
07

The Root of the Warrior Lifestyle

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-7-2008

The Root of the Warrior Lifestyle

The superior man is watchful over himself
even when he is alone.
Chung Yung

Continual self-improvement is at the root of the warrior lifestyle. The warrior must be constantly improving himself in every area of his life. In Japan, this concept is called kaizen which literally means constant, never-ending improvement. Constant, never-ending improvement is exactly what the warrior lifestyle is all about. Warriors must strive to improve themselves spiritually, mentally, and physically daily.

One should be careful to improve himself continually.
Shu Ching

Many of the warriors from throughout history attempted to do just this in the lives. They took their spiritual beliefs seriously and spent time daily reflecting and meditating on those beliefs. They knew what they believed and why they believed it. Warriors made attempts to improve their minds through studying and learning during times of peace. Keeping their bodies fit and prepared for battle was a top priority, as was keeping their marital arts skills ready for when they might be called on to use them.

Return to the root and you will find the meaning.
Senstan

The same should apply to modern day warriors. Strive to be well rounded. Know what you believe in spiritually and make time for that part of your life. Do all that you can to educate yourself. Read and learn about a variety of subjects. Study books on wisdom and apply it to your life. Keep yourself in shape and make sure that you continually add to your martial arts skills and that they are sharp and ready to be used when needed. This is the warrior lifestyle. It is a lifestyle of excellence, not complacency.

Live rather than avoid death.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Everybody who lives dies.
But not everybody who dies has lived.
Dhaggi Ramanashi

It is all too easy to become complacent with your life. The demands and stress of daily life can zap your energy and cause you to just want to veg out. Our society offers multiple forms of escapism, from the computer to the television. It is so easy to just sit and stare at a box today instead of get up, dig deep, and find the will to work on the many areas of your life which need to be cultivated. It takes effort and it takes discipline, but it is worth it.

I am the master of my fate: I am the master of my soul.
William Henley

Next time you feel the effects of stress setting in deep inside your mind, draining your energy and your spirit, take control and remind yourself that your time is much too valuable to allow anything to steal it from you. No matter what your situation or circumstances may currently be, don’t allow depression to rob you of your precious time. Yes, this can be hard to do, but nobody ever said that the warrior lifestyle is easy. Failure is easy, but it takes work to live a life of excellence.

Take a deep breath of life and consider how it should be lived.
Don Quixote’s Creed

Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom

Sep
02

True Warriors

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-2-2008

True Warriors


If you understand, things are just as they are.
If you do not understand, things are just as they are.
Zen Maxim


My friend Kevin, who is now serving in Afghanistan, once asked me what my ultimate definition of a warrior is. I understand that my definition differs from Mr. Webster’s definition, and it also differs from the definition that many people use today. I constantly get letters and emails from people telling me, in no uncertain terms, that I don’t know what I am talking about and have no business talking about what a real warrior is, after all, I am just some peon martial artist, not a soldier or a cop…what do I know about being a warrior! Well, if you define the term “warrior” as someone who is experienced in military combat, I guess that counts a lot of people out.

“Ohhh! Great warrior!
[laughs and shakes his head]
Wars not make one great!”
Yoda

My definition of a warrior, and the definition that I have deduced from the many, many writings passed down throughout the ages, both from military and martial arts sources, doesn’t define a warrior in those terms. My ultimate definition of the term “warrior” is someone who has the ability and will to fight to protect himself, his friends, his family, and his ideals, and at the same time, seeks the perfection of his own character through a life lived with honor, integrity, and an unflinching dedication to what is right according to his own code of honor which has been refined from intensive study and meditation. That is a lengthy sentence, but I wanted to have a one sentence definition of the warrior. In my opinion, this is a better definition of the true warrior.

A thing does not therefore cease to be true
because it is not accepted by many.
Benedict Spinoza

All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Warriors should exhibit the best qualities among men. The true warrior makes a firm decision to try to perfect his character and to live by a strict code of ethics. His word is his honor. His duty stays fresh on his mind. He lives life a little more seriously than most, but at the same time lives life to its fullest. He sees through the veil of appearances covering most parts of this world, but does so without looking down on those who are less perceptive.

Family and friends are important to him, and they know that they can always count on him for protection and help in their times of need. He bases his decisions on his code of ethics, and instinctively knows right from wrong, and chooses right. He knows that, at times there is a difference between what is right and what is legal. He is able to hold his head high with honor because he knows that he lives his life to the best of his ability, with honor and integrity. His code is ingrained in his spirit and is a part of his being. The warrior is a man who shoots for excellence in everything that he does.

The master warrior is a man of character,
a man of wisdom and insight.
Forrest E. Morgan

If you notice, the definition of the warrior, that is taken from description of the warrior’s character from throughout the ages, doesn’t require one to be engaged in military duty or law enforcement. Being a soldier or a cop doesn’t automatically make you a warrior any more than knowing how to throw a football makes you John Elway or Joe Montana. I know many cops and military people who I have absolutely no respect for…they are scum, pure and simple. Their job doesn’t change their character. I also know military guys and cops for which I have the utmost respect for. They are warriors in every sense of the word. It is not the job which determines whether or not you are a warrior.

You can be a warrior without being in a profession that requires you to enter into combat, and you can find your butt in the middle of a fire fight and be no more of a warrior than someone who finds themselves caught in a drive by shooting. I know that many of you will disagree on this…opinions differ. But let’s take a look at Webster’s definition of a warrior once more. By the strict definition both Nazis and Islamic terrorists would be classified as warriors. I know that many of you think that they should be. I know this from many of the attacking emails that I receive. I have had many people tell me that they absolutely are warriors, but that is asinine.

The fact that an opinion has been widely held
is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd;
indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind,
a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible.
Bertrand Russell

Nazis were not warriors. Sure they were soldiers. They were trained to fight. They may have justified their actions by saying that they fought for their country, etc. But were they really warriors? A warrior puts what is right above all else. He puts what is right above his marching orders. He thinks for himself. If his commander orders him to gas innocent women and children, or to murder defenseless, starving people, does he comply with those orders? If he does comply with those orders, is he so dense that he considers that to be morally right and an honorable act?

To avoid action when justice is at stake
demonstrates a lack of courage.
Gichin Funakoshi

Some have been thought brave,
because they were afraid to run away.
English Proverb

Are Islamic terrorists warriors? Many have argued with me that yes they are…after all, they fight for what they think is right. OH REALLY?!?! They think murdering innocent women and children is right? Well they may think that my stove is not hot, but you won’t see them sitting on the burner for an hour while they watch Bin Laden’s new propaganda speech. Just because someone thinks something is right or wrong, doesn’t change the truth. The truth is the truth irregardless of your perspective. These people also feel it is “right” to kill women if they dress or act in a way that they disagree with; just because they feel it is right, doesn’t make it right.

Truth doesn’t change because it is, or is not,
believed by a majority of the people.
Giordano Bruno

No, Nazis were not warriors. Islamic terrorists are not warriors. Just because they run around with weapons and know how to kill people, and claim they are just, doesn’t make them warriors. Soldiers? Maybe. Murderers? absolutely. Warriors? Not on your life. Anyone can take a gun and kill someone else. That doesn’t make them a warrior. A warrior entails much more than combat and killing. The warrior lifestyle goes much deeper than training. As I have said before, dogs and rooster can be trained to fight, but that doesn’t make them warriors.

The sky is not less blue because the blind man does not see it.
Danish Proverb

Truth will always be truth,
regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.
W. Clement Stone

There is a difference in being a soldier and a warrior. There is a difference in being a fighter and a warrior. There is a difference in being a cop and a warrior. You can be a soldier, a fighter, a cop, a martial artist, a cowboy, a teacher, or anything else that you want to list, without being a warrior. At the same time, you can be a warrior while being any of the above. You make the decision about whether or not you are going to be a warrior and live the warrior lifestyle, not your profession, not your training, and not your bloviating, opinionated friend who thinks that he is the ultimate authority on the subject because of his past experiences.

My friend Kevin is a true warrior, not because he is in Afghanistan fighting, but he is a true warrior who is in Afghanistan fighting. There is a difference. Would Kevin be less of a warrior if he were back at home driving a tractor or teaching in his local high school? Would that all of a sudden change his abilities, his character or his code of honor? A warrior is a warrior, no matter where he is or what he may be doing. That is just who he is. Moreover, a man who is not a warrior is not a warrior, even if he finds himself on the front lines. Things are not as black and white as most people would like to think…

A change in scenery does not change one’s character.
Aesop

We never fully grasp the importance
of any true statement until we have a clear notion
of what the opposite untrue statement would be.
William James

Bohdi
Warrior Wisdom

Aug
11

If…Through the Eyes of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-11-2008

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling


If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

The warrior has to keep a calm mind in everyday life and in emergencies. Thinking rational is vital to the warrior. Others may panic over the situation; they may point the finger at you, but nonetheless, you have to keep your mind calm. Be a rock in the midst of the storm. Don’t allow some else’s panic to become yours; just continue to stay the course and meet each obstacle with a calm and rational mind.

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

As a warrior, you have to spend time meditating on your sense of right and wrong, and your code of honor. You don’t do this in order to feel superior to others, although living life by these standards will make you superior, or as Confucius said, “A superior man.” The reason that you need to meditate on your standards of honor and integrity is to develop this trust in your sense of right and wrong. You have to know why you live according to your code. You have to develop trust in your sense of right and wrong.

At the same time though, you have to be able to understand that the majority of people do not live life this way. They do not spend time meditating on how they should live their life, or what determines what is right or what is wrong. Don’t expect others to understand you, but you should be wise enough to understand others. They will doubt you and your way of life, that’s ok; just don’t doubt yourself. Demand honor and integrity from yourself, but don’t demand it from those who do not understand the concepts.

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

People will lie about you and they will hate you for standing up for your principles and not being willing to bend where your integrity is concerned. This is not your concern. Your job is to do what you know is right. You are responsible for YOUR actions, not the actions of other people. If they lie, it doesn’t give you the green light to lie. If they hate, it doesn’t give you the ok to hate them back. You do what you know you should and let them be responsible for their own actions.

Although you understand this, it is important not to make a show of your understand. You don’t want to go around acting like you are better than others or wiser than others, even though you may be. Just simply understand that your job is too concentrate on living your life the best that you can, not to correct the faults of others. If they ask for your advice, give it. If they don’t ask for your advice, keep it to yourself. Nobody likes someone who makes them feel inferior.

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

It is ok to dream and have goals, but at the same time you have to actually live your life in the present moment, not just dream for the future and sit around and wait for things to be perfect before you start to live. You should have dreams and goals. You should spend time in thought and meditation…but at the same time, you can’t only do these things. You must live life to the fullest, rather than live in a fantasy world constructed in your mind.

If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

Good things will happen. Bad things will happen. This is life. Just live life and understand that you will have ups and downs, and neither will be the “be all, end all” in your life. They are just part of life. You should enjoy your triumphs and you must endure the disasters which will most likely cross your path. These are just part of life. Live your life to the fullest. Don’t get too high or too low, but rather just deal with each and every event in your life the best that you can.

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools;

People will take your words and twist them around to make you look bad or simply to start controversy. And yes, fools will believe what they say. They will look at only one side of the coin because they aren’t wise enough to look beyond what is presented to them as truth. People will attack and try to destroy the things which you stand for; men of honor are frequently attacked for their beliefs. Just expect it and learn to deal with it. That is the way it is. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you continue to walk the path of the warrior.

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

Don’t put too much importance on material things. Material things come and go; they aren’t permanent. The sages tell us that your good name, your character, and your honor are permanent, but not things such as your wealth, your health, or your looks. Therefore you should be more concerned about things which are lasting, as opposed to things which are fleeting. Make sure that you have your priorities straight. Know what is really important and what is not.

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

What forces you to continue when you have nothing left? What is it in a man that will give him the strength to continue to fight even when his body can no longer function? It is his warrior spirit or as Kipling says, “The Will.” No matter what is going on in your life, don’t quit. Don’t give up. Things change and they will change when you least expect them too. You don’t want to find that you have quit on minutes before your victory. Be stubborn and make your warrior spirit your courage.

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;

Do not let the actions of others affect you. Be yourself. Live according to your standards, whether you find yourself in the company of scumbags or the President. The warrior shouldn’t live one way around high class people and one way around low class people. He is not a chameleon. He should have enough confidence in his way of life to walk by his code in whatever company he finds himself in.

Don’t lower your standards just to suit those who live by lower standards, and don’t think so highly of yourself that you can’t carry on a civil conversation with those who obviously do not understand the way of the warrior. The warrior shouldn’t put his honor and a shelf when it is inconvenient or put it on for show simply to impress someone else. Don’t appear to be a man of honor; be a man of honor.

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;

Understand that people will do and say hurtful things and that there are a multitude of reasons and factors behind their actions. Try not to take their actions personally. Most of the time their actions have nothing to do with you, they are just venting and they don’t really mean what they say or do. Remember, not everyone lives by the same high standards that you live by. Don’t let the actions of other affect you.

Yes, I know this is a tall order, but you will find more peace if you are able to let others’ word and actions roll off your back like water off a duck. Don’t put too much faith in anyone else. You should treat everyone with respect, but don’t expect the same in return. Again, you take care of your actions and your words, and don’t expect perfect from others.

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run -

Live in the NOW. Don’t waste your time. You only live once in this life and you should live it to the fullest. Don’t allow fear, laziness, self-consciousness, worry, etc. to interfere with you living your life the way that you truly want to live it. As Kipling said, the minute is unforgiving. If you don’t use it, you lose it. There is no second chance.

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

And a true man is a true warrior. Enough said…

Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom

Jun
08

Prejudice – A Warrior’s Duty

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-8-2008

Prejudice – A Warrior’s Duty

There is very little difference between one man and another;
But what little difference there is, is very important.
This distinction seems to me to go to the root of the matter.
William James

Prejudice means an opinion which is formed beforehand given certain information. This is usually an unfavorable opinion. Most people, when they hear the word prejudice, think of the other definitions of prejudice, which is holding an ill-informed opinion or having an irrational dislike of somebody based on religion, ethnicity, nationality, etc. The word is also frequently used as a synonym for the word racist. As used in this blog post, prejudice means an opinion formed beforehand based on rational information.

Forming opinions from the information that you know to be correct is a must for the warrior. You have to be able to read people and to discertain certain traits about someone’s character. This is part of the warrior’s duty. It is part of protecting your friends, family, and those around you. Warriors have to be aware of people’s characters in order to avoid trouble or to be prepared for trouble in advance.

The superior man will prudently pick the community he will live within,
and will choose the proper people to associate with.
Confucius

At one school that I taught in, I had a student who went to the principal and accused me of being prejudice. The principal called me in and “look into the situation.” He explained that this student had accused me of being prejudiced and he had to “take any such claim seriously.” After he got tired of hearing his own remarkable lack of intelligence on the subject, he went on to ask me what I had to say about it.

His jaw nearly hit the floor when I told him that “yeah, I am prejudiced.” The assistant principal, a man with a little more intelligence than our inept principal, was also in the room. He quickly jumped to my defense, thinking that I had just sealed my fate. He said, “Your not prejudiced Bohdi, you have done more than anyone else to help our Hispanic students!” In response, I said that I said I am prejudiced, not racist…there is a difference, at least by the definition that I am using for this discussion.

Confused, they asked me to explain. I went on to tell them that, yes, I am in fact prejudiced. I am prejudiced against gang members and drug dealers. I am prejudiced against rapists and murderers. I am prejudiced against child molesters and men who abuse their wives and kids. And yes, I am prejudiced against Juan, at least as long as he is dealing drugs and threatening my other students. I went on to say that my prejudice against this student’s actions has never affected his grades or schoolwork. I never heard another word about that incident from the principal, although when I left that school, the assistant principal wrote in his recommendation that I was the best teacher that they had in the school.

The point is that everyone is prejudice or at least you should be. The wise person will always want to form some opinion about certain other people before you allow them in your house or around your loved-ones. Don’t believe you are prejudiced? Okay, would you invited Charles Manson over to your house for dinner and give him a bed for the night? No?? Why not? You might answer because he is a psychotic killer and that would be stupid, and you would be right. But you have just shown me that you are prejudiced against psychotic killers. Everyone has some prejudice, in one form or another. Just make sure yours is just.

By nature, men are nearly alike;
By practice, they get to be wide apart.
Confucius

You see, being prejudiced is not necessarily a bad thing. I am prejudiced against people of low character. I prefer not to associate with them. Drug dealers, pimps, gang members, criminals, and the like are not people that I care to associate with. Yes, this is being prejudiced, but my opinion is formed from information gathered from these people’s lifestyle and their actions…and it is a just and accurate judgment. Not only is my opinion just, but it is necessary to keep my family safe.

All men who live are alike at birth.
Diverse actions define their distinction and distinctiveness.
Tiruvalluvar

You should be selective about who you associate with on your journey. Associate with people of quality. This may sound elitist or snobby, but the fact is that the people whom you associate with play a huge part in your development in becoming the person you want to become. Also note that just because a person is someone who you don’t want to associate with, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t treat them with respect and manners. Be civil, be nice, be respectful, but also see someone’s character as it really is.

He who is wise never consorts with fools.
Baltasar Gracian

Ever associate with the good.
Associate not with the wicked man.
The Talmud

When I explained this philosophy to a friend of mine, she said, “Oh Bohdi, you’re not prejudiced, you’re just idiot intolerant.” LOL Well, I guess it is kind of the same thing. The bottom line here is that NOBODY should be judged according to the color of his skin or the origin of his birth, but by his character. Always look at a person’s character and form your opinions from that. The main way to discern someone’s character is by their actions. An apple tree does not produce cherries, and a man of character will not participate in dishonorable actions.

Behavior is the perpetual revealing of us.
What a man does, tells us what he is.
F.D. Huntington


Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom


Jun
03

Endorsements for Warrior Wisdom

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-3-2008



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Loren Christensen

The wisdom sayings and the discussions herein are simplistic yet they are as meaty as a two-inch-thick porterhouse. I like simplicity in the martial arts. If you have read my books on the fighting arts, you know that I nag the reader as to the importance of keeping things uncomplicated. It has got to be simple and it has got to be pragmatic. Clearly, Dr. Bohdi Sanders believes this, too.

So don’t race through this book as if you were reading a popular novel. “Meditate on the information,” “be in the moment,” and “…apply [the] principles to your life.” Think about them and discuss them with your partner, your classmates, and with your students. Discuss them with friends outside of the martial arts, too, as they apply to all facets of your life.

I wish you had written these books 40 years ago before I got into all that trouble. Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path, like all of Dr. Sanders’ books in this series, is a wonderful guide to living your life ethically, morally, compassionately, wisely, and exemplary. Oh, I forgot one. It will keep you out of trouble, too.

It’s rare to find a book so rich and thought provoking that you can read it again and again and get something a little different out of it each time. Indeed, there isn’t a quotation and discussion in here that doesn’t pertain to each of us… I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom…

Read this book, and then read it again and again and again.

Loren W. Christensen ~ author of: Warriors: On Living with Courage, Discipline, and Honor and Warrior Mindset

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Alain Burrese, J.D.

Bohdi Sanders’ book “Warrior Wisdom” bridges the gap between ageless wisdom and modern application for today’s warriors. Sanders writes that being a warrior is not something you do; it is something you are. In this book, he provides the guidance to live and be a warrior physically, mentally, and spiritually. In fact, his lessons on honor, responsibility, wisdom, courage, and most importantly character , are what will make this book an excellent contribution to any library…

The value in this unique book lies in the commentary on warriorship by Sanders which is inspired by classic quotes on the warrior way. These lessons not only form a roadmap toward martial success, but to success in all your daily activities. A lifestyle committed to the ideals of warriorship is powerful…

“Warrior Wisdom” is filled with stimulating quotes, valuable insights, and inspiring examples of how a warrior should train, act, and live. Use the text to help develop and shape your own warrior code of honor, your moral compass pointing toward what is right and just…

This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone…A must read for those who consider themselves warriors and live by the values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Alain Burrese, J.D. , former U.S. Army Paratrooper and 2nd Infantry Division Scout Sniper School instructor and author of “Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks” and the instructional DVDs “Hapkido Hoshinsul,” “Streetfighting Essentials,” “Hapkido Cane,” and the “Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials” series.

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Dr. Kevin Keough

“It is relatively uncommon to stumble upon a book that most everyone will find interesting and inspiring. Readers are introduced to an exceptional blend of cross-cultural and timeless wisdom. Each page contains truly classic proverbs and gems of wisdom combined with insightful commentary that leads readers to a recognition of the practical and immediate relevance of ancient wisdom in our 21st century lives.

Dr. Sanders demonstrates a remarkable understanding of young people and seekers of all ages in the careful selection and down to earth discussion of ideas that will enrich their lives. This book is a gift that keeps on giving as each page heightens awareness of the best within us and a Solidarity that forever unites.

While reading “Warrior Wisdom” an old native American saying remained with me: “When the wisdom-keepers speak, all should listen” -Seneca

Dr.Kevin Keough clinical and police psychologist, martial arts practitioner, founder of Warrior Traditions, and fellow pilgrim

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Marc “Animal” MacYoung

Here is a real short hand answer to ‘what does it mean to be a warrior?” Being a warrior is about protecting others, not picking and choosing where and when you will fight…Being a warrior doesn’t mean just fighting, it requires you to think and observe. It requires a higher level of awareness and understanding. And once you are sure, then it requires action.

If you choose to walk the warrior’s path, then you must always be on guard against forgetting how easy it is to lose sight of the purpose of a warrior…Never, forget, the purpose of a warrior is to serve the whole of society, not just a small section. To serve the greater good and not yourself.

Marc Animal MacYoung ~ author of several martial arts books including Secrets of Effective Offense and Becoming a Complete Martial Artist, martial arts instructor for both the police, the military, and his own personal students

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Lawrence Kane

After reading Sanders’ manuscript…His book is not only memorable, but thought-provoking and insightful as well. I’m honored to be among the first few people to have read it.

Warrior Wisdom is a pithy tome…the author’s succinct commentaries…helps you digest the information, understand the essence of warriorhood, and explore your own character as it relates to the topic…Sanders’ book is an excellent resource…It’s a thinking person’s guide to development as a martial artist, warrior, and human being. And, it’s something worth reading more than once.

Lawrence Kane ~ Author of Surviving Armed Assaults and Martial Arts Instruction; co-author of The Way of Kata, The Way to Black Belt, and The Little Black Book of Violence .


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Shawn Kovacich

A truly outstanding book that helps provide some much needed insight into an abundance of familiar, and some not quite so familiar, quotes from throughout the ages regarding warriors and the warrior traditions.

A MUST READ BOOK for anyone who wants to delve into the philosophical aspects of being a moral and honorable warrior. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

Shawn Kovacich, author of: the Achieving Kicking Excellence book and DVD series.


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Peyton Quinn

Bohdi Sanders’ book is about mental “technique” that is the warrior mindset. He dissects scores of classical martial sayings and brings them into the clarity of our modern life. I think for many people when they read this work, they will realize a new and functional insight they did not previously enjoy…

You must endeavor to truly understand this reality in order to follow your truest and best path. Warrior Wisdom is a fine tool to help you find that understanding in all its depth too.

“Buy it, read it, live it .”

Peyton Quinn ~ Author of; A Bouncer’s Guide to Barroom Brawling, Freedom from Fear, and Real Fighting: Adrenaline Stress Conditioning Through Scenario-Based Training.

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Dr. Adam Weiss

Honor, discipline, wisdom, and character building all part of a martial artist’s arsenal- that is what the reader gets from Warrior Wisdom and much, much more. I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom for anyone involved in the martial arts, and even those of you who may be thinking of going into a particular style of martial art. Warrior Wisdom is a book that I would strongly suggest that you read before, and after, your daily training in the dojo in order to get a complete education, and realize the true spirit of the martial arts. This book would be a great gift for anyone, even if they aren’t involved in the martial arts.

Adam Weiss, D.C. ~ board certified chiropractic physician and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Medical director of Weiss Health and Fitness Center. Author and black belt.

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Aaron Hoopes

Warrior Wisdom is a book that modern day martial artists need. The knowledge that it offers to a new generation can be considered vital to the continuation of the true path of the warrior.

However, Warrior Wisdom offers much more than that. It could also be described as a guidebook for the perfection of character, something that everyone, not only martial artists can benefit from. If more people were to understand the concepts of integrity, honor, and service towards others, the world would probably be a much nicer place to live.

Dr. Sanders has compiled a fantastic resource for warrior training. The format is wonderful. The depth of the book reflects Dr. Sanders own warrior training. I will surely be using it as a resource guide in my Zen Warrior training program.

Aaron Hoopes ~ Founder of Zen Yoga and the Zen Warrior Training Program.  Author of: Zen Yoga: A Path to Enlightenment through Breathing, Movement and Meditation, and Perfecting Ourselves: Coordinating Body, Mind and Spirit

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Wim Demeere

In this book, Dr. Bohdi Sanders collects wisdom from all ages and cultures, from 13th century Zen masters and philosophers to ancient Greece, and from world leaders to modern day warriors. All of these extraordinary men have left us wisdom that can teach us important life lessons, lessons just as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago.

But a quote in and of itself is often useless without the proper context, a context that helps you understand the deeper meaning and nuances that are usually hidden at first. This is exactly what Bohdi Sanders brings to this book. He gives you his insights to help you contemplate and grasp the wisdom contained in the quotes he has included in Warrior Wisdom. You’ll not only find new understanding through his commentaries, but more importantly, you will also learn real-life-applicable knowledge throughout the many pages of this book.

I highly recommend Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path.

Wim Demeere ~ a lifelong student of the martial arts and self-defense systems. He teaches his knowledge worldwide in both seminars and through his numerous books and instructional DVDs. You can visit his website at


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Kris Wilder

Dr. Bohdi Sanders brings the wisdom of multiple disciplines together in Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. Bringing east and west, and different walks of life together, Dr. Sanders teases out the hard questions, the paths of self-betterment and insightful observations. This book will go on your book shelf, but will not rest there as you will go back to it again and again for inspiration.

Kris Wilder, 5th Dan West Seattle Karate and author of The Little Black Book of Violence.

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Kevin Brett

Dr. Bohdi Sanders has rendered society a great service with Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path. He has collected, preserved, explained and shared timeless wisdom with the next generation. The primary duty and privilege of the elders of any culture is to educate and prepare the next generation of citizens and warriors. Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path does this.

Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path applies to each of us. The truths that Dr. Sanders has captured are a timeless snapshot of the cherished warrior creed that we must wholly embrace to survive and prosper in our time. Our children desperately need this wisdom and these lessons so that they are enlightened and strengthened for their roles as our future leaders. Without it their education is incomplete.

In an age where murky relativism obscures clarity of vision and action, Warrior Wisdom: The Warrior’s Path, pierces the fog with a clear framework of definitive and actionable principles. These are the principles of honor, courage, service and compassion that have guided and defined the most honored intellects in human history. Dr. Sanders has assembled this treasure trove of ageless wisdom to provide us with a moral compass for conscience, conduct and purpose that we can easily apply to our daily life.

Read it. Internalize it. Live it.

Kevin Brett ~ CEO, Kevin Brett Studios, Inc. Author: “The Way of the Martial Artist: Achieving Success in Martial Arts and in Life!”

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F. J. Chu

Can wisdom be taught Drawing upon an eclectic list of Eastern and Western sources from antiquity to the modern day, the author repeatedly counsels aspiring martial artists to do two things: first, always do what is just and true; second, always train as if it really matters. As Marcus Aurelius said, “Do every act of your life as if it were your last.”

Dr. Sanders is dedicated with following the path of the warrior. One can debate whether warrior wisdom can really be taught, but Dr. Sanders shows us that it certainly can be nurtured and reinforced. Reserve a place on your bookshelf for this volume and turn to it for flashes of insight and inspiration.

F. J. Chu ~ Author of The Martial Way and Its Virtues

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Jun
03

Readers’ Praise for WARRIOR WISDOM

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-3-2008

What Other People Say About

WARRIOR WISDOM

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* I have read several books on the subject of ancient wisdom but this book is the best hands down…I really enjoyed this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. J.R., N.J.

* Reading Warrior Wisdom gave me inspiration, hope, encouragement and practical advice, not just about what the mindset of a martial arts warrior should be, but about life itself…Warrior Wisdom is a wonderful little book that packs a big punch…Warrior Wisdom was an excellent read in every way. I recommend it highly! D.S., FL

* Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, is an exceptional book…I have now read the book cover to cover twice, and as I pick it up to read it a third time, find myself discovering new nuggets of wisdom. D.M., OR

* I have to say that I love this book, this is a book that everyone should keep nearby and read regularly as a reference for living. D.O., NY

* Warrior Wisdom…has a tremendous amount of inspirational value. It is the kind of book that can be read over and over, and if you’re at a point where you need motivation in your training, picking up this book and reading a few passages from it just may be the thing that prods you to drive on…The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book as I believe that martial artists and non-martial artists alike can benefit from the wisdom contained in it. E.M., D.C.

* Its about living more powerfully with honor, integrity, and self-discipline…If you are a warrior, or desire to live as one, read Warrior Wisdom. Alain Burrese, M

* As a single mother of three young children ( a mommy warrior!), the book contains safety tips combined with inspiration on how to live a better…fully lived life. I have shared some portions with my children who enjoy the quotes as well as the martial arts aspects…Each segment can be read initially, on the surface level, of self defense, but it can also be read on a higher level, of what is truly important for happiness, love and life. L.W., FL

* I really like this book! The quotations alone are worth the price of this book, but the commentaries are what make it special. The author of this book is both knowledgeable, wise, and indeed a “modern” warrior! Don’t let the title fool you either. You don’t have to have anything at all to do with any martial art to understand or appreciate this book. This book will put you into the “proper mindset” if you let it. J.D., NH

* I think warrior wisdom should be in everyone’s library, warrior or not. There is a lot to think about in this book. It is not just witicisms for the martial artist but a way of thinking for the laymen as well. V.J., NE

* I was just looking for some light reading and I got way more than I bargained for in Warrior Wisdom. I had to reflect on and ponder each passage and contemplate how I could be a better person in my daily life through the application of Dr. Sander’s timeless insight. C.T., CO

* It is the type of book you can read many times and find something new with each pass. A.H., CA

* Bohdi Sanders’ book, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior is really a MUST READ BOOK for anyone who wants to delve into the philosophical aspects of being a moral and honorable warrior. Shawn Kovacich, NV

* It is a thinking person’s guide to development as a martial artist, warrior, and human being. And, it’s something worth reading more than once. Lawrence Kane, WA

* I have read several books on the subject of ancient wisdom but this book is the best hands down…I really enjoyed this book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. J.R., New Jersey

* Reading Warrior Wisdom gave me inspiration, hope, encouragement and practical advice, not just about what the mindset of a martial arts warrior should be, but about life itself…Warrior Wisdom is a wonderful little book that packs a big punch…Warrior Wisdom was an excellent read in every way. I recommend it highly! D.S., Flordia

* Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, is an exceptional book…I have now read the book cover to cover twice, and as I pick it up to read it a third time, find myself discovering new nuggets of wisdom. D.M., Oregon

* You have helped me better understand the meaning of being a warrior. I have trained in tae kwondo for several years now and your wisdom opens a new path of understanding and wisdom for me to see life and the world in a bigger perspective. T.M., CA

* I have to say that I love this book, this is a book that everyone should keep nearby and read regularly as a reference for living. D.O., New York

* Warrior Wisdom…has a tremendous amount of inspirational value. It is the kind of book that can be read over and over, and if you’re at a point where you need motivation in your training, picking up this book and reading a few passages from it just may be the thing that prods you to drive on…The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book as I believe that martial artists and non-martial artists alike can benefit from the wisdom contained in it. E.M., Washington, D.C.

* Its about living more powerfully with honor, integrity, and self-discipline…If you are a warrior, or desire to live as one, read Warrior Wisdom. Alain Burrese, Montana

* As a single mother of three young children ( a mommy warrior!), the book contains safety tips combined with inspiration on how to live a better…fully lived life. I have shared some portions with my children who enjoy the quotes as well as the martial arts aspects…Each segment can be read initially, on the surface level, of self defense, but it can also be read on a higher level, of what is truly important for happiness, love and life. L.W., Florida

* I really like this book! The quotations alone are worth the price of this book, but the commentaries are what make it special. The author of this book is both knowledgeable, wise, and indeed a “modern” warrior! Don’t let the title fool you either. You don’t have to have anything at all to do with any martial art to understand or appreciate this book. This book will put you into the “proper mindset” if you let it. J.D., New Hampshire

* I think warrior wisdom should be in everyone’s library, warrior or not. There is a lot to think about in this book. It is not just witicisms for the martial artist but a way of thinking for the laymen as well. V.J., Nebraska

* I was just looking for some light reading and I got way more than I bargained for in Warrior Wisdom. I had to reflect on and ponder each passage and contemplate how I could be a better person in my daily life through the application of Dr. Sander’s timeless insight. C.T., Colorado

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* It is the type of book you can read many times and find something new with each pass. A.H., California

* Bohdi Sanders’ book, Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior is really a MUST READ BOOK for anyone who wants to delve into the philosophical aspects of being a moral and honorable warrior. Shawn Kovacich, Nevada

* It is a thinking person’s guide to development as a martial artist, warrior, and human being. And, it’s something worth reading more than once. Lawrence Kane, Washington

* Thank you for the Wisdom and mind set needed to become a true Warrior. M.R., Florida

* You speak truth, its refreshing. J.B., Washington

* People like yourself help me and im sure other people understand the vastness of the multiverse we live in.. H.N., New York

* Excellent advice, Bohdi. The wisdom is there, one just has to take advantage of it. E.J., New Jersey

* Your writing is wonderful, Bodhi. Your research is amazing. J.P., Nevada * My friend once again you never stop amazing me with your insightful and sagely wisdom. N.K., Mississippi* Allowing these powerful words to sink in…and cultivate my mind and spirit. L.M., Florida* Thank You for your teachings. I will encourage my students to partake in your works of wisdom. keep up the GREAT Work. S.D., Ohio

* Wow. You are very thorough in your research, and truly seek wisdom in all places. Excellent! S.Y., Nevada * You inspired and pulled forth a little bit of poetry written just for you. I too am a wild
crafter and sometimes called a medicine woman. I like your philosophy. R.W., Hawaii
* There is wisdom in your words. You offer your gift to the people. I’m glad you are around.
K.K., Delaware

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* I like your perception on the warrior way of life. F.M., Michigan

* Wow you have been such a blessing to me… J.B., Rhode Island

* I have been reading, and you touch my spirit with your wisdom. I and my husband read
and he really likes them too. We read and we cried and we felt the love. L.W., North
Carolina

* Thanks You are a true warrior… L.W., Florida

* I have a penchant for thought provoking ideas. I’m a rabid military history buff, but look
forward to your writings-they keep my mind churning and my outlook on things
open-minded…Please, keep up the good work-you are invaluable! D.S., Oklahoma

* I am energized by your writings, keep up the good work! J.S., Washington

* I do think highly of you; I respect your way of thinking and truly wish there were more
people who embraced the concept of living an honorable life… H.E., Wisconsin

* I am on the same page with you as to the true qualities of character that a man should
strive for. W.D., Oklahoma

* Oh yeah .. Thank you for the martial art mental meal.. great stuff! C.F., Kentucky

* I cant wait to read your book, your writings amaze me. N.S., California

* Absolutely perfect advice, Sir! J.C., Minnesota

* I enjoyed reading your thoughts concerning true friendship… I like your warrior
mentality! V.N. New Mexico

* This is a beautiful idea, I will grant it that. The quotes are powerful. B.T., California

* Excellent… very nice… if only more people could understand this message. D.C.,
Alabama

* BRILLIANT! R.D., Massachusetts

* Honor and respect… that is what I have for you. P.J., Texas

* This is excellent!! Much food for thought and wisdom in this write. Thank you!! N.M.,
Georgia

* Ahhhh…refreshing morality. Something that seems to be lost recently among much of
the martial art world. R.C., Michigan

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* Thank you Wisdom Warrior, for you speak truth by the Spirit of truth. L.R., Michigan

* These principles are not easy to live up to, but if I can, I am usually a better person for it.
Following one’s principles should be the mantra of every person, but too many times
principles are compromised for the easy fix. When we compromise our principles we
compromise our honor and our integrity. Your words have great meaning. A.N., Virginia

* Filled with a truth that resonates with the higher good of the universe.
Thank You! C.J., Tennessee

* Great advice…I liked your writing style, and the subject. D.G., Texas

* MY GOD!! SOMEONE FINALLY HAS THE GUTS TO SAY IT!! THE WISDOM WARRIOR
HITS A HOME RUN!!! NOT ONLY IS ALL OF THIS TRUE BUT, IT ALSO SAYS WHAT
WE’VE ALL BEEN THINKING FOR THE LONGEST TIME. M.R., Florida

* You are always right on track my friend. Thank you for being a candle in the darkness all
eyes are drawn to you. C.O., Texas

* Incredible, absolutely incredible. L.G., Ohio

* I think you’re awesome, thank you again. You bring great relief to many of my mental roadblocks. L.M., Wyoming

* Damn, brother this one hits the nail right on the head! D.V., Germany

* Fantastic! This should be required reading for warriors and non-warriors alike. J.D.,
Pennsylvania

* I absolutely loved reading this! L.W., Florida

* Wisdom ~ Nice! J.M., Florida

* I continue to learn from you and I thank you. H.D., Wisconsin

* GOOD stuff. So much to be drawn from it! M.I., Georgia

* This was something I needed to hear. Thank you. T.W., New York

* This is solid advice,Bohdi…seems all cultures down through the centuries have profoun
things to say about the ebb and flow of life, things changing, being tested by hard times,
and the value of persistence during these dark times (because they don’t last forever).
This must be a universal truth…a universal experience! J.F., Florida

* Wisdom, indeed. T.R., Colorado

* Thought-provoking! Devi, India

* Truer words have never been spoken. D.O., Michigan

* Brilliant. Truth. M.P., Iowa

* Thank you for another thought-provoking piece. H.R., Wisconsin


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Apr
05

The Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-5-2008

The Warrior


Warriors should exhibit the best qualities among men. The true warrior makes a firm decision to try to perfect his character and to live by a strict code of ethics. His word is his honor. His duty stays fresh on his mind. He lives life a little more seriously than most, but at the same time lives life to its fullest.


He sees through the veil of appearances covering most parts of this world, but does so without looking down on those who are less perceptive. Family and friends are important to him, and they know that they can always count on him for protection and help in their times of need.

He bases his decisions on his code of ethics, and instinctively knows right from wrong, and chooses right. He knows that, at times there is a difference between what is right and what is legal. The warrior assesses each man by his intentions and actions, rather than his appearances and words.

He is able to hold his head high with honor because he knows that he lives his life to the best of his ability, with honor and integrity. He lives the code that he professes. The warrior truly is the best among men.

The cherry blossom among flowers, the warrior among men.
Japanese Maxim

Bohdi Sanders
Warrior Wisdom

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Mar
04

What is a Real Warrior?

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-4-2008

What is a Real Warrior?

What makes someone a warrior? Is it the job that he has? Is someone automatically a warrior because he works as a policeman or is in the military? Is someone less of a warrior if they are a school teacher, rather than a policeman? These are all questions which should be considered. We hear a lot about the warrior professions and about how this group or that group are true warriors, but being a warrior has nothing to do with with your profession or which group you may or may not belong to. It has to do with who you really are as a person.

You can be a policeman or be part of the military and not be a warrior. There are countless examples which testify to this fact, many of which have been in the news lately. A person can work as a cop or make a career of the military without ever coming close to being a real warrior. This has always been the case and probably always will be the case. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not bashing cops or the military. These are both honorable professions. But there are many honorable professions in this world.

Often man is preoccupied with human rules and forgets the inner law.
Antoine the Healer

There always have been and always will be warriors who have nothing to do with the “warrior professions.” Was Bruce Lee less of a warrior because he was a teacher and an actor? Or was Ginchin Funokoshi less of a warrior because he chose to be a teacher instead of a policeman? Is the crooked cop a warrior just because he happens to be a cop? I don’t think so. Warriors can be found throughout our society, in different positions and at different levels. You don’t become a warrior just because you get a certain job.

Honor cannot be bought.
Philippine Proverb

Being a warrior goes much, much deeper than how you happen to make your living. It goes to the core of who you are. Being a warrior is a lifestyle, not a profession. I know some cops who are truly warriors and I also know some cops who are as much of a criminal as the people who they arrest. Your profession doesn’t matter, as long as it is not dishonorable. What matters is what is in your spirit. Are you really a warrior or do you merely want to be thought of as a warrior?

One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk.
Miyamoto Musashi

The definition of a warrior is someone who takes part in war or who is experienced in warfare, but I think that the true definition of a warrior goes much deeper than that. A real warrior is more than someone who takes part in warfare. He is someone who lives by a set of principles or a code of ethics. There are many people around the world who have taken part in warfare, to some degree, who I doubt anyone would consider a real warrior. The real warrior is concerned with character, integrity and honor, as well as martial arts skills and training. He takes the lifestyle of the warrior seriously. He has respect for others and for life. He is not a pretender, but the real deal.

The master warrior is a man of character, a man of wisdom and insight.
Forrest E. Morgan

The best book that I have read pertaining to the lifestyle of the warrior is Living the Martial Way by Forrest E. Morgan. If you haven’t read this book, you should get a copy. It is great. There are some other good books on the subject, but this is my favorite. Whether you are a police officer, a martial artist, a teacher, a lawyer, or in the military, you should do your best to live the lifestyle of the real warrior. It is not something that you do, it is something that you are. The lifestyle of the warrior is not something that everyone can live up to, this is why the true warrior is an uncommon find in today’s society. Strive to be different. Strive to be a real warrior.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

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Mar
01

Beware of the Crocodiles

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-1-2008

Beware of the Crocodiles

The majority of people today live a fairly peaceful life. Most of us do not have to defend our lives weekly, monthly, or even yearly. With the exception of law enforcement officers and military men and women, most of us do not have to deal with dangerous criminals or life threatening situations on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of people today will live their entire life without ever encountering a kill-or-be-killed situation. This being the case, you may ask why you should train to be a warrior when the odds are that you will never have to use the skills that you are working so hard to obtain. The answer is found in this Malaysian proverb:

Do not be tricked into thinking that there are
no crocodiles just because the water is still.
Malaysian Proverb


If you have ever watched one of the wildlife shows on television, you have probably seen how crocodiles attack. An unsuspecting animal, going about his business, stops at a peaceful waterhole for a drink, and out of nowhere the crocodile explodes from the water and ambushes the unsuspecting animal taking his life. There is no mercy. There are no regrets…simply cold, calculating, vicious, and merciless death for the unsuspecting, unprepared victim.

Don’t become complacent with your life or your training. Just because your life seems to be normal and peaceful, doesn’t mean that the bad guys are not out there. Don’t make the mistake of believing that “those kinds of things never happen to me.” The very minute you let your guard down, is the opportunity that the crocodile has been waiting for all day.

From Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
by Bohdi Sanders, PhD

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Feb
25

The Warrior Creed

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-25-2008

The Warrior Creed
Robert L. Humphey

Wherever I go,
everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.

Wherever I am,
anyone in need has a friend.

Whenever I return home,
everyone is happy I am there.

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Feb
19

The Dichotomy of the Warrior

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-19-2008

The Dichotomy of the Warrior

The warrior is a special breed. Most people can’t really comprehend who or what he really is. To the average person, the warrior appears to be a contradiction. On one hand he prepares for the violent confrontation. He knows how to destroy the human body in a very efficient fashion. On the other hand, he loves peace and quiet. He is meditative and introverted, seeking to understand himself and the world which he lives in. This is the dichotomy of the warrior which many people have a problem understanding.

How could someone who prepares and trains to dismantle someone else’s body, be a benevolent, peace-loving human being? Most people just can’t understand this, but it is the way of the warrior. The warrior, although he knows how to fight and is good at fighting, doesn’t want to have to fight. He trains in order to be prepared in case the circumstance arises in which he has no other choice but to fight to protect himself, his family, or you. If he had a choice, he would choose to live in peace with his family for his entire life, but there are times in life when you don’t have a choice. It is for those times that he trains.

The warrior may be found in peaceful meditation just as he may be found in martial arts training. He enjoys a lifestyle of peace. Peace and war are just two sides of the same coin for the warrior. Together they make up the dichotomy of the lifestyle of the warrior. The warrior knows that in times of peace he should not forget war, and in times of war he should not forget peace.

In peace do not forget war. Japanese Proverb
Let him who desires peace prepare for war.
Vegetius

He has to balance the two in his life. Protesters frequently protest the warrior, calling him vile names in their quest for peace and love, not realizing that it is only the warrior that stands between them and their destruction. It is the warrior who protects them even as they attack his unassailable character.Just as the sheep do not like the sheepdog and fear what he could do to them with his violent skills, these “peace-loving people” do not like the warrior. The sheep do not realize that it is only the sheepdog who stands between them and the wolf, and without the sheepdog that they dislike so, the predators would have them for dinner. They are never really able to comprehend how lucky they are to have the sheepdog around.

You cannot talk to a frog in a well about the vast sea; he is limited to his area of space.
A summer insect has no knowledge of snow; it knows nothing beyond its own season.
Chiu Shu

The same goes for the people who are against the warrior. They do not understand the dichotomy of the warrior lifestyle…but the warrior does not change who he is because of what others are. He just continues the journey of the warrior; a journey of the art of peace and of the art of war.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior


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Feb
16

The Warrior Walk

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-16-2008

The Warrior Walk

Being a warrior is a huge responsibility. Walking the path of the warrior is not something that you can decide to do for a couple of months then take a few days off and come back to it later. To be a true warrior, you have to commit to this lifestyle. The warrior is a warrior, period. He does not pretend to be a warrior, try to be a warrior, want to be a warrior; he is a warrior. Therefore, the warrior walk must be his everyday walk, there is no other way. There is no such thing as the “weekend warrior.” Either you are a warrior or you are not a warrior.

One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk.
Miyamoto Musashi

This does not mean that a warrior has to be in training every minute of every day. In today’s world this is an impossibility for most people. What this does mean is that every day the warrior is living up to the ideals that a warrior should live by, whether he is at work, on vacation, or just relaxing at home. The warrior makes these ideals a permanent part of his character, daily. He lives by his code of honor.

From Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior
by Bohdi Sanders, PhD

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Sep
04

Live Your Life by Your Standards and Principles

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-4-2014

StandardsI refuse to lower my standards to accommodate
those who refuse to raise theirs.
Steve Gamlin

Apathy and low standards seem to be at an all time high in today’s society. People have forgotten the importance of manners, honor, integrity, and character. They have little to no respect for others, even their own parents. Loyalty is virtually meaningless in today’s word. And things which should be held as sacred or in high esteem are mocked mercilessly.

But, none of this means that the warrior will lower his or her standards. The true warrior refuses to lower his or her standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs, or who have none to start with. The warrior lives by his standards, or principles, regardless of what others do, or do not do.

Don’t allow those who have forsaken the true path to influence your beliefs or behavior. Never lower your standards to accommodate others. The warrior is what Confucius called the “Superior Man.” He (or she) is not meant to live as those have low standards and low character. He is superior to them in his principles, his thoughts, his character traits, and all his ways. The king does not grovel to fit in with the peasants, no does the warrior set aside his code in order to fit in with those who have no code.

Baltasar Gracian put it this way, “The man of principle never forgets what he is, because of what others are.” This is one of my favorite quotes. Never forget who and what you are, because of what others do, or how they live their lives. Never forsake the path of the warrior to accommodate those who take the low road. The warrior always takes the high road, no matter what road others choose. Dr. Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the new martial arts quote book, Martial Arts Wisdom.

(Quote from the new martial arts quote book, MARTIAL ARTS WISDOM)

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Aug
21

Bohdi Sanders Interview With The Alpha Man Project

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-21-2014

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Bohdi Sanders Interview With
The Alpha Man Project

Here is the link to the Miami Interview, with Ted Ryce and the Alpha Man Project.

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There is some great information in this interview! Check it out and enjoy!

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Also, be sure to check out my new book, MARTIAL ARTS WISDOM!

This is the ULTIMATE QUOTE BOOK for martial artists and warriors! It contains OVER 800 quotes by martial arts masters, sages, and wise men throughout the world, all specifically aimed at guiding the martial artist and the warrior on his or her path.

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Jul
11

Martial Arts Wisdom is Released Early!

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-11-2014

 

Dragon

The Great Collection of Martial Arts Quotes ever compiled!

Martial Arts Wisdom
is Released Early!

Early release copies of my new book, Martial Arts Wisdom: Quotes, Maxims, and Stories for Martial Artists and Warriors, are NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon.com at: http://tinyurl.com/pgeurdl!!

This quote book is specifically designed for martial artists, warriors, law enforcement officers, and military personnel. It contains over 800 quotes and stories from the original masters of martial arts, contemporary martial arts masters, and some of the wisest men and women to have ever lived.

This is a book that you will definitely want in your library and will refer to again and again. I believe that it is the most comprehensive quote book for martial artists and warriors that has ever been published, and after reading it, I think you will agree. It is a perfect resource for those who teach martial arts or for anyone who simply loves wise quotes.

Signed copies will be available on TheWisdomWarrior bookstore in about 10 days!

Let me know what you think about it.

Jul
06

NEW Martial Arts Quote Book – MARTIAL ARTS WISDOM!

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-6-2014

COMING SOON!
NEW Martial Arts Quote Book
MARTIAL ARTS WISDOM!

It was my goal to compile the most complete, extensive book of martial arts and warrior quotes, maxims, and stories on the market, and I think that I have met my objective.

Martial Arts Wisdom contains OVER 800 QUOTES, MAXIMS, and STORIES specifically for martial artists & warriors! Never before has any one book contained such an amazing amount of wisdom from so many different martial arts masters, sages & enlightened teachers!

The wisdom contained in Martial Arts Wisdom will guide you on your martial arts path and will teach you valuable lessons about the martial arts, self-defense, and living life to the fullest with gusto, honor, character, and integrity!

Look for it soon on Amazon.com and on http://TheWisdomWarrior.com/ before the end of July! I think that this one is the book that every martial artist and warrior will want in their library and will refer back to, time and time again.

Here is the very first look at the cover of Martial Arts Wisdom!

Jun
21

Personal Breakthroughs Begin With Your Thoughts

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-21-2014

 

Believe

All personal breakthroughs begin
with a change in beliefs.
Tony Robbins

Science has now proven that your thoughts actually do have power to make changes in both your physical body and in every part of your world. Yes, this is a pretty bold statement, but it is true. What you think matters. All the sages from throughout time knew this to be true. Buddha stated that you are what you think. Jesus also talked about the importance of belief. It is a fact that what you believe affects your life.

Knowing this, if you want to change your life, you must start by changing your thoughts. Your thoughts can actually change your body chemistry and either put you on the path of good healthy or keep you unhealthy and lethargic. Your thoughts are the precursor to your actions. Therefore, if you want to change how you live, how you feel, or anything else in your life, you have to begin with a change in how you think and what you believe.

If you want a personal breakthrough in any part of your life, start by assessing your thoughts and changing what needs to be changed. This is not a magic spell that will mystically change your life overnight. It takes persistence and patience, but it will happen if you don’t give up. Just remember, your thoughts and actions did not get you where you are today overnight. And they will not change things overnight. But they will immediately put you on the right path. And the right path will take you where you want to go, IF you stay on it until you get to your destination. Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE, or order it in paperback, at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK.

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Jun
17

Your Choices Determine Your Life

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-17-2014

I Choose

Your Choices Determine Your Life

I Choose…

To live by choice, not chance.
To make changes, not excuses.
To be motivated, not manipulated.
To be useful, not used.
To excel, not compete.
I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.
To listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.

You do get to choose, you know. You, and you only, make the specific decisions about how you will live your life. But you do have to choose. If you don’t choose, you will simply live by chance. You will find that living by chance, making excuses, competing, and listening to others will come naturally, if you don’t make a firm decision to live life your way.

Don’t allow yourself to fall into self-pity, being used and manipulated, and then making excuses for your lack of discipline. This is not the way of the warrior. Choose to live life YOUR way. Choose to live by choice, not chance! Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence, available on Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK or from The Wisdom Warrior website at: http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Apr
20

Do nothing to make you lose respect for yourself.

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-20-2014

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Do nothing to make you
lose respect for yourself.
Baltasar Gracian

The respect that you have for yourself can’t be taken away from you by anyone else. You are the only person who controls the level of respect that you do or don’t have for yourself. Other people can try to hurt you, embarrass you, humiliate you, etc., but they can’t control your own feelings toward yourself. You control your self-respect just as you determine your own honor.

So if others can do nothing to cause you to lose your self-respect, how do you lose respect for yourself? Obviously it can be lost or Gracian would not have admonished us to be careful about losing self-respect. The answer is that you lose self-respect when you lower your standards or do not live up to your own code of conduct that you have set for yourself. The warrior knows inside his spirit if he is living up to his code of honor or not. Only he can determine that.

When he knows inside that he is not living up to his own standards, he starts to lose a bit of his self-respect. If he refused to help someone because of fear, that action would eat away at him until he made it right. This is because of the strict standards which he sets for himself. He knows that he must do what is right in order to feel at peace with his own actions. Anything less and his conscience will not let him be at peace. Warriors esteem their honor too highly to allow themselves to lose self-respect because of weakness or laziness. When you live up to your code of honor you never lose self-respect.

Bohdi Sanders
from the book
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood.

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood is now available,
in both paperback and on Kindle,
from Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELWCALA.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Apr
05

Dr. Bohdi Sanders Interviewed by Kelly S. Worden -Join us at 12:00 Noon PST on www.klay1180.com

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-5-2014

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Dr. Bohdi Sanders Interviewed by Kelly S. Worden
on the ON THE EDGE radio show!

You never know where the conversation will go when you get Dr. Bohdi Sanders and Kelly S. Worden together!
Join us at 12:00 Noon PST on www.klay1180.com!
Kelly Worden’s “Rocking like no other” “ON THE EDGE” Radio Broadcast! “On the Edge” offers me an opportunity to meet and share information with a very diverse spectrum of individual’s who have created their own destiny; the Saturday May 5th guest is no different… Dr. Bohdi Sanders is a lifelong student of martial arts and wisdom literature; as a multiple award winning author of seven books,, his focus is on integrating universal wisdom, honor, and integrity into one’s personal life.
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Apr
05

Can You Trust the News?

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-5-2014

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The wise pursue understanding;
fools follow the reports of others.
Tibetan Proverb

It seems it is getting harder and harder today to find an unbiased source for news. No matter which television station you watch, radio show you listen to, or news page on the internet that you read, it seems that they all have an agenda. It is foolish to blindly follow the reports of others, especially when those sources have hidden agendas which you are not privy to. With this in mind, you may ask, “What is a person to do if he wants to understand world events?”

That is a hard question to answer. The best you can do, if you do not have personal knowledge or have trustworthy friends with personal knowledge of what is going on, is to get your information from several different sources. This is akin to hearing both sides of the story. If you hear only one side, you will find that you are in the dark, as far as your understanding goes. Don’t take things for the truth just because they are on television or because they are in writing.

Facts and statistics can be slanted to demonstrate whatever someone wants them to illustrate. Many people are experts when it comes to twisting the truth to fit their own personal agenda. Don’t take what they say as gospel. No matter what the topic may be, strive to achieve an understanding of the issue. Trusting in the reports of others can prove dangerous and misleading. The warrior has to depend on the truth, not the spin.

Bohdi Sanders
(From the book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood.)

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood is now available,
in both paperback and on Kindle, from Amazon.com at:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELWCALA.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Apr
04

Martial Artists Must Live by Honor and Courage

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-4-2014

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Shun any action that will diminish honor.
Tiruvalluvar

When you have a decision to make and you are back forth about what to do, the first thing that you must look at in order to make the right choice is whether or not the action is honorable. If the action in question is dishonorable or will in any way go against your code of honor, don’t even consider it. It is as simple as that. Any action that will diminish your honor is not the right path for you to take, even if it seems that it might be, for whatever reason.

If your honor is compromised, you have chosen the wrong action. In order for your code of honor to be meaningful, it must be unbending. Don’t compromise where your principles are involved. Don’t be willing to put your honor on the shelf for a period of time in order to perform an action that you know full well goes against your code of honor. Doing this reveals that your commitment to honor is weak and that you don’t really take it that seriously, but it is simply a convenience rather than an integral part of your life.

Your honor must be more important to you than the many other things that tempt you to act in ways which might cause you to violate your code. Men of true honor will place their honor above personal gain or profit. There will be things which they will refuse to do, even if they find them enjoyable or profitable, simply because their honor forbids them to be done. The warrior puts his code of honor first in his life, and by doing so he finds that everything else falls into place. Live with honor.

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from the book, The Warrior Lifestyle

The Warrior Lifestyle is available in both paperback and on Kindle,
from Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELW2DVM.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
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Apr
03

What Will Your Legacy Be?

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-3-2014

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Cattle die, kinsmen die, all me die at some point and time,
but a noble name built on character and honor is eternal.
The Havamal

Are you working to build a lasting legacy with your life? Is your word as good as a signed contract once it is given? Do you take your honor and integrity seriously? The man or woman who builds his or her name on character and honor, is building a lasting legacy.

Stand out from the crowd and take your name, your honor, and your word seriously. Dare to be different than the masses; build yourself a noble name, one that is known for honesty and integrity. Dare to work towards perfecting your character. Live the warrior lifestyle, and live it with your eternal name in mind.

Bohdi Sanders
author of the award-winning bestseller,
|Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

If you haven’t read it yet, you can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S26INK.
It is also available in paperback! CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
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Apr
02

Serious Martial Arts

The Wisdom Warrior on Apr-2-2014

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Treat every encounter as a fight to the finish.
The Eight Essentials for Novice Swordsmen

The human body is very fragile. Any physical encounter should be taken seriously, as there is always the chance of being injured when you find yourself in a combative situation. Even if you win, the old saying holds true; when two tigers fight, one will be killed and the other will be injured. Never underestimate your enemy or his ability to do bodily injury to you. Treat every violent confrontation as a possible life-or-death situation.

Treating every physical encounter as a fight to the finish ensures that you are in the right frame of mind for the fight. You must have your mind focused on the task at hand, which is to make sure you are safe, and to destroy your enemy’s will to continue to be a threat to you or those around you. Don’t allow overconfidence to slip into your mind. There are no small enemies. Overconfidence can lead to your demise. Every fight is a serious fight. If it isn’t serious, you have no business fighting.

I’m not suggesting that by treating every physical threat as a fight to the finish, you should kill your opponent whenever you enter into a fight. This should be common sense. What I am saying is that you should enter that fight with the mindset that your enemy wants to kill you, and act accordingly in your self-defense applications. Never count on someone’s mercy or self-control in this type of situation. You take control. Make sure that you are safe, not because your enemy is unwilling to really hurt you, but by ensuring that he is unable to hurt you.

Bohdi Sanders
(From the book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood.)

WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood is now available,
in both paperback and on Kindle,
from Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ELWCALA.

Signed copies and package book deals are available on:
http://thewisdomwarrior.com/books-by-bohdi-sanders/.

Mar
24

Anger at a petty offense is unworthy of a superior man. Mencius

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-24-2014

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Anger at a petty offense is unworthy of a superior man,
but indignation for a great cause is righteous wrath.
Mencius

There is a time and a place for everything, and that includes letting your anger out. I have talked about the need to control your anger, over and over. I spend so much time discussing this one issue because it is an issue that so many people deal with on a daily basis. Being in command of your emotions, whether it is anger, or any other emotion, is vital for the warrior. He simply cannot allow his emotions to dictate his actions – end of story.

But, being in control of your emotions does not mean that you never express your anger. It means that you choose when and where you allow your anger to be expressed. You are in control, not your emotions. Being angry about small, meaningless aggravations is silly and speaks to your lack of self-control, but as Mencius taught, there is a place and a time to allow your anger to come out of its cage.

Just as with everything else, there is a right way and a wrong way to express your anger, even when you feel it is time to allow your anger to show. You should always remain in control of yourself, even if you are expressing your anger. Don’t lose your temper. This is not what is meant by allowing your anger to show. You can express your anger without losing control. Even if the time is right for you to communicate your indignation, you still must do it in the right way. The time is never right for the warrior to lose his temper.

Dr. Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from the book,
The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary

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Mar
23

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-23-2014

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A journey of a thousand miles
begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

Some journeys are harder than others. Putting off the inevitable only extends the amount of time that it will take in order for you to get where you need to be. It doesn’t matter how hard nor how long the journey is that you have to make; it starts with the first step. Don’t delay your journey because of fear or dread. If it is a journey that you have to make, just get started and take it one step at a time.

Your decisions always bring with them consequences of one kind or another. This is just the way it is. Sometimes unwise, thoughtless decisions can have far-reaching consequences which we wish we didn’t have to deal with, but deal with them we must. The consequences of our actions don’t just disappear because we long for them to go away. You must take responsibility for your actions and deal with those consequences. The warrior has to take responsibility for all of his actions and the consequences which accompany those actions.

Sometimes the journey that our actions have set in motion can be a long, hard journey, but it still has to be traveled. Have the courage to face up to the road that you choose and walk it with honor. It doesn’t matter if the road is long and hard, or if the road is short and easy, your journey still begins with one step. And, no matter how many bad, ill-thought out decisions you have made, you can still change your life. All it takes is making a firm decision to live life as it should be lived and it begins by taking that first step.

Dr. Bohdi Sanders from the book,
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood.

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Mar
18

To subdue an enemy without fighting is the greatest of skills. Sun Tzu

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-18-2014

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To subdue an enemy without
fighting is the greatest of skills.
Sun Tzu

We all train to improve our martial arts skills as warriors. We have confidence that we can defend ourselves and those who depend on us, but we should only use these skills when there is no other option available to us. In Sun Tzu’s famous book, The Art of War, he tells us that it is a greater skill to subdue the enemy without actually having to resort to fighting. The word “subdue” means to pacify or control. We should try to pacify the enemy. We should try to defuse the situation with words or gestures.

The hard part of pacifying the enemy, for the warrior, is swallowing some of your pride. It takes a lot of discipline and confidence to swallow your pride in order to pacify some rude, aggressive guy who you would rather lay out on the floor. But, as a warrior, it is one of those things which you have to discipline yourself to do. Nobody said that living the warrior lifestyle is easy.

Don’t look at these situations like you are letting the other person get the best of you, but rather as a training exercise in the art of war. You are actually controlling the enemy without his even knowing that he is being controlled and manipulated. You are sharpening your arsenal of weapons. Study the art of verbal self-defense and learn how to diffuse potentially dangerous situations without resorting to the use of your martial arts skills. Victories of this kind are even more rewarding than physical conquests.   Dr. Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from Warrior Wisdom: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

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Mar
11

Who Are Your True Friends?

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-11-2014

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Avoid friends who are detrimental
to your peace of mind.

(Gongs and Drums of Gampopa Precepts)

Maintain your piece of mind, no matter what is going on around you. This admonition is definitely easier if you are selective concerning who you allow into your life. If someone is detrimental to your piece of mind, they aren’t truly your friend. People use the word “friend” much too liberally in today’s world.

I will give you a tip, you don’t have 1,000, 3,000 or 5,000 friends. A friend is someone who you have developed a relationship with over many years, someone who has proven his trust and loyalty to you over time. A friend is not some total stranger who sends you an email and clicks the “Friend” button on you profile.

Just think about it. If you have 5,000 Facebook friends, and your house burns down, how many of those 5,000 “friends” are going to drop everything in their life and come help you or give you a place to live? How many of those 5,000 “friends” would put their life on the line to stand by you in a physical confrontation? How many of those 5,000 “friends” are there when you need a friend? And, I am not talking about shooting you a quick comment stating, “I am hoping things get better soon.” I am talking about being a true friend. I assure you that this number is much lower than you may think.

True friends are rare. You are blessed to have one or two. True friends will stand beside you when the proverbial “shit hits the fan.” Others simply watch and send you their best wishes. A true friend is there for you in the good times and the bad. He will give you the shirt off of his back to help you, as you should for him.

The word “friend” has been so bastardized that the vast majority of people don’t even understand the meaning anymore, much less how to be a real friend. To these people, friendship is taken as lightly as switching the channel on the television. It shouldn’t be that way for the warrior.

Strive to ensure that your real friends are men and women of character, honor and integrity. People who make you a better person, people who you can count on 100%. These will be people that you can count on for life, as they are not fickle or fair weather friends. And, when you have a true friend, be their true friend as well. Complete the circle of friendship. That is really the only kind of true friendship; everyone else is merely an acquaintance, a stranger, or an enemy. Think about this.

Dr. Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the award-winning bestseller,
Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Mar
10

How we train is how we shall respond.

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-10-2014

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How we train is how we shall respond.

Kelly S. Worden

Warriors of the past took their training much more seriously than people seem to today. Musashi stated that one should train more than he sleeps. Now, in today’s society, we realize that this is impossible, unless you are independently wealthy. We all have to make a living and provide for our families. There are just too many responsibilities on our plates today to devote six to eight hours each day to our training. Because of the time constraints on our lives, it is even more important to be focused during our training time.

The time that we have to train is much too short and it is vital that we be focused and mindful during our training. How you perform during your practice time is ultimately how you will perform in a time of crisis. Your training matters. Practice does not make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. You should take your training seriously. Don’t just haphazardly walk through your training sessions like a zombie. Make them count. Push yourself and strive for improvement each time you enter the dojo.

Master Funakoshi taught that you should always take your training deadly serious. The reason for this is pretty obvious, especially considering the type of skills that warriors are training to obtain. When the time comes that you need to call on the skills that you are trying to perfect, it could very well be a deadly serious situation. At that point in time you will be glad that you took your training seriously and applied yourself to your training, spirit, mind and body.

Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from the book,
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

 

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Mar
01

Who is Your True Enemy?

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-1-2014

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My enemy is not the man who wrongs me,
but the man who means to wrong me.
Democritus

Every enemy has the capability to disrupt your life, some in a small way and others to a much larger capacity, but not that many of them go to the effort to cause you harm. The fact that you don’t openly see enemies attacking you physically, verbally or discreetly behind your back, doesn’t mean that you do not have any enemies. It simply means that your enemies are not malevolent enough or energetic enough to make the effort to cause you harm, but their lack of effort should not be mistaken for a lack of malevolence toward you.

As Democritus taught, just because a man does you no harm, it doesn’t mean he is not your enemy. You have to look deeper than that. You have to read between the lines. Your enemy is not only the man who wrongs you, but also the man who longs to see you wronged. He is the man who is happy when you are hit with misfortune, the man who celebrates your downfall. Your enemy is he who wishes you calamity, even if he doesn’t have the courage to openly state the fact.

Be careful who you trust. You don’t always know who your enemies are. They are not always those who openly oppose you. The enemies of a good man are usually not men of character and backbone. They are more likely to be men of low character who lack the courage to openly come against you. Instead, they find it easier to simply sit back and think malicious thoughts of your ruin. Be wise and learn to read people’s spirits. Be careful who you trust. Bohdi Sanders, Ph.D. ~ excerpt from the book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

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Feb
25

How to Continually Improve Your Life Everyday!

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-25-2014

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In order to progress in life,
one has to improve every day
in an endless process.
The Hagakure

There is a term in the Japanese language called kaizen. Kaizen, loosely translated, means constant, never-ending improvement. The warrior must strive daily to improve his life and to live up to the standards that he sets for himself. As Gichin Funakoshi stated in his book, Karate-Do Kyohan, “The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.”

This should also be the ultimate aim of the warrior, to perfect his character. Of course the perfection of character is only one of many goals that the warrior tries to improve on in his daily life, but each of the other goals ultimately lead to this perfection of character that Master Funakoshi spoke of in his teachings. The perfection of your character is the ultimate culmination of all your training.

The warrior has many areas of training that he has to focus on daily. It is his duty to keep his martial arts skills sharp and to train his mind through visualization and meditation. No matter what area he is working on, the warrior strives to improve his skills daily. There is no slacking off. There is no laziness. Make constant, never-ending improvement your goal in life.  Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from award-winning book, WARRIOR WISDOM: Ageless Wisdom for the Modern Warrior

Feb
17

Doing nothing is also an action; not making a decision is making a decision. Bohdi Sanders

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-17-2014

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Doing nothing is also an action;
not making a decision is making a decision.
Bohdi Sanders

Doing nothing is also an action; not making a decision is making a decision. Everything you do is an action, even if it is the action of inaction. By deciding not to workout, but instead to take the afternoon off and sit in front of the television, you are still acting. Watching television is an action. Taking a nap is an action. Everything that you do is some type of action. Whenever you decide not to do one thing, you are deciding to do something else. This is true even if what you decide to do is nothing. Doing nothing is in fact doing something.

What the warrior should always be concerned with is whether his actions are right or wrong. Always use your sense of honor to determine the correct course of action, and remember, as Plutarch pointed out, “Not even the gods can undo what has been done.” You can’t go back and change the past; all you can do is start to do right, right now, this very moment. Starting now, strive to make your every action right, according to your own code of honor.  Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from the award-winning, best-seller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Feb
07

Determine Your Objective

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-7-2014

 

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In whatever position you find yourself,
determine first your objective.
Marshall Ferdinand Foch

Your objective is your goal or your purpose. As you may already know, in order for you to hit your target, you must first know what your target is. This is common sense. The first step in achieving your goal is knowing what your goal is. Without knowing what your goal or objective is, how would you determine what needs to be done in order to reach your objective. Different objectives require different actions in order to successful.

This principle applies to everything that you do. The first step in any endeavor should be to determine your objective. This is particularly important to the warrior and yet another of the traits which sets the warrior apart from the man who is only a street fighter. The street fighter will not let an insult go unnoticed or unaddressed. His foolish pride will not let such an offense slide. He has a warped sense of honor which tells him that he must put this guy in his place.

The true warrior, on the other hand, takes into account his objective in this situation. Is his objective to save face, or is his objective to keep himself and those under his care safe in this situation? I think you know the answer. Knowing what his situation is, he knows what his response must be. Different objectives require different responses. It is only when you know what your objective is that you can know what your action should be, and once you have determined your objective, the appropriate actions are much easier to discern.

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from the book, The Warrior Lifestyle

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Jan
30

Reputation often spills less blood ~ Samurai Maxim

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-30-2014
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Reputation often spills less blood.
Samurai Maxim

This samurai maxim appears to be in direct opposition to the teaching that you should conceal your weapons and your abilities, but it contains truth nonetheless. There is a time and a place for everything. There are times when concealing your skills is the wise thing to do, and yet at other times it may be wise to put your reputation to use, if you have a reputation as the samurai did.
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The samurai had a reputation of being great warriors who could be fierce and deadly if the situation called for it. They were known as expert swordsmen. This reputation probably saved the lives of many men during the time of the samurai. Men who may have challenged an ordinary man over some trivial offense wouldn’t consider challenging a samurai over the same transgression. Therefore, the samurai’s reputation saved these men’s lives, considering if they had challenged the samurai, they would have probably been killed.
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The same notion can be true today, but you have to be very careful when it comes to counting on your reputation. Your reputation can help you resolve escalating conflicts, but having a reputation can also backfire on you. Your enemy may be so intimidated by your reputation that he is tempted to go to extremes in order to defeat you. We live in a different world than the samurai. Today someone may take a shot at you from across the street instead of confronting you face to face. In whatever situation you may find yourself, judgment is vital. Think before you speak or act.
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Bohdi Sanders, PhD ~ excerpt from the book,
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood
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Jan
24

True Character

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-24-2014

Man in the Mirror

Many people would be scared
if they saw in the mirror,
not their face,
but their character.

Most people go out of their way to make sure they look good on the outside. They pay other people to make their hair look good, they pay for products to make their skin look nice, and they buy clothes that they think will flatter them. They are concerned about the external appearance that they show to the world and are careful to take care of how they present themselves.

At the same time, very few seem to spend anytime at all taking care of their character. They are only concerned with what they see in the mirror, not the things the mirror can’t detect.

What a different world this would be if we had the ability to see into a person’s soul and character, instead of simply seeing their looks, which have been carefully put together to impress you.

What if you had the power to see people’s true spirit, instead of their external looks, like Hal did in the movie, Shallow Hal? How would you truly look in the mirror? How would your friends truly look?

By all means take care of your body and your appearance. But, do not neglect to work on perfecting your character. And when you look at other people, don’t be deceived by their appearance, but rather look deeper and discern who and what they truly are, no matter what they look like on the outside.  Bohdi Sanders ~ author of the award-winning bestseller, Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Nov
29

Self-knowledge is the beginning of self-improvement.

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-29-2013

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Self-knowledge is the
beginning of self-improvement.
Spanish Proverb

If you do not know what the problem is, how can you possibly fix it? You must understand something before you can even think about beginning to improve it, this is just common sense. This principle applies to everything whether it is taking care of your lawn or making needed changes in your life to improve your character on the path of the warrior. If you don’t have some knowledge about a topic to begin with, what makes you think that you have the knowledge to make it better?

Because of this fact, it is imperative that the warrior take the time to really know who he is, what he believes, and how he thinks. He has to know his weak points and his strong point. He must know if he has a problem with his anger or controlling his temper before he can actually address that problem and learn to take control of his emotions. This is the first step in self-improvement. Take time to get to know yourself and find out what areas of your life need some work.

There are many ways that you can do this. Meditate on what your weak spots are, whether they are mental, physical or emotional, and then focus on strengthening those areas. I have a book out called Secrets of the Soul, which is specifically for the purpose of discovering exactly what you believe, how you think, and why you believe what you believe. Reading books that prompt you to examine your life is a good way to learn who you truly are and can give you insight into areas which may be out of sync with the warrior lifestyle. Take the time to know yourself.

Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from the book,
The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary

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Nov
05

Is Karma Real?

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-5-2013

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Is Karma Real?

I get A LOT of wonderful emails, and several nice, meaningful gifts, from my many fans and readers, but one really blew me away. Out of the blue on day, I received an email from a reader in Texas named Daryl Kyle, and it read,

“Hey I was brought to you by a friend. I make real, battle-worthy Swords using official highland swords, all originally used in films and shows, my offer is true to make you sword. A $1,000 dollar sword…my treat! You obviously inspire a lot of people and bring hope and encouragement to them. So this is karma bringing you what you don’t expect.”

Now, understand, I get A LOT of emails, from around the world, that offer me everything you can imagine. Many of them are fake or want money from me, etc. So, when I was approached out of the blue and offered a custom, handmade sword from someone I didn’t know, I did have my doubts about whether or not this guy was for real – HE WAS!

A couple of months later, I received a REAL handmade sword that was modeled after the original sword from the Highlander series. Not only that, but this sword was top of the line! The blade is full tang and ready for use; this wasn’t a replica that is meant to merely set on the mantle as decoration.

The hand guard is made out of solid brass. The handle made from kevlar, and the carving on it is simply amazing. The blade is sharp enough to shave my arm (not that I make a practice of shaving my arm, but loving knives and swords as I do, I always end up testing the blade against my arm hair). Daryl also included a handmade bag for my sword. This amazing gift now hangs proudly in my living room.

Thank you so much Daryl! I am honored beyond words. The sword is one amazing gift. May your karma come back to you 10 fold my friend.

I will be posting a photo of me with my new, unexpected treasure as soon as I can get my wife to slow down and take a picture of me with it, but I did want to go ahead and gets some shots of it posted. If you are looking for a place to make you a custom, handmade sword, I can highly recommend Daryl and his company, Texas Steel Props & Replicas! He will do you right.

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Nov
04

It is better to be a tiger for one day than a sheep for a thousand years. Tibetan Maxim

The Wisdom Warrior on Nov-4-2013
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It is better to be a tiger for one day
than a sheep for a thousand years.
Tibetan Maxim

This is an interesting maxim from Tibet. It is better to be a tiger for one day than a sheep for a thousand years. Most people today are sheep. This is not a derogatory statement, but rather a statement of fact. Sheep go through life pretty much oblivious to what is happening around them. They eat, drink, sleep, and follow their shepherd wherever he desires to lead them. A sheep is a peaceful animal and presents no threat to other animals; it just kind of goes through life on auto-pilot.

The tiger, on the other hand, roams the jungle with confidence and awareness. Tigers have no shepherd to protect them or guide them to food and water. A tiger is a self-sufficient animal capable of not only providing its own food, but of also defending itself against pretty much any threat. Tigers are proficient killing machines when they have to be. Their confidence shows in their unflinching gaze. They set their own law in the jungle.

The Tibetan maxim above tells us that it is better to live like a tiger, even if it is only for a short time, than it is to live many years as a sheep. The warrior has much more in common with the tiger than he does with the sheep. He is confident and independent. He is self-sufficient and fierce. Warriors roam the streets of the jungle knowing that they can handle most anything that comes their way. It is better to be a warrior for a year than a sheep for 100 years.

Bohdi Sanders
excerpt from the book
WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood

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Oct
14

MODERN BUSHIDO 58 Weeks in the TOP 10!

The Wisdom Warrior on Oct-14-2013

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MODERN BUSHIDO
58 Weeks in the TOP 10!

Modern Bushido has been in the TOP 10 for 58 weeks on Amazon.com’s Best Sellers List and has hit #1 6 times during that period! This multiple award-winning book was recognized by the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for it contribution to the martial arts and won a 1st Place Award in the 2013 National Indie Excellence Book Awards!

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Sep
17

Modern Bushido NOW AVAILABLE on KINDLE!

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-17-2013

 

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MODERN BUSHIDO
is
NOW AVAILABLE on Kindle!

Modern Bushido HIT #1 on Amazon.com’s BEST SELLERS LIST 9 times this year and has been in the TOP 10 on Amazon.com for over 53 WEEKS! It also won a FIRST PLACE AWARD in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in 2013!

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Sep
17

The Price of Excellence is Discipline

The Wisdom Warrior on Sep-17-2013

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The price of excellence is discipline.
William Arthur Ward

     If the price of excellence is discipline, then you must have discipline to live a life of excellence, and living a life of excellence is what the warrior lifestyle is all about. Therefore, discipline is vital to living the warrior lifestyle. The famous poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote, “What we do upon some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”

     You must discipline yourself to prepare to successfully meet future challenges. If you do not discipline yourself to practice and perfect your martial arts skills, when you actually need them to save your life, or someone else’s life, they will not be there for you.

     Don’t think that you can rest on your laurels and still be prepared to defend yourself when you need to. It doesn’t work that way. And you sure can’t wait until you find yourself face to face with some thug, who is determined to rip you to threads, and ask for a couple of minutes to stretch and loosen up before you engage him. That is ridiculous! 

Bohdi Sanders
Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Aug
06

Never Quit on Your Dreams!

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-6-2013

aaa No Quitting

Never Quit on Your Dreams!

Crawling is acceptable.
Falling is acceptable.
Blood is acceptable.
Pain is acceptable.
Quitting is NOT acceptable.

When you have a goal that is important to you, you have to be willing to go all out in order to achieve it. If you leave yourself open to justifications and excuses about why you can’t achieve your objectives, you will fall short almost every time. You have to make up your mind that you are going to keep striving for your goal until you either achieve victory or die.

This may sound extreme, but once you have locked in this attitude, the Universe starts to work on your behalf and things that you never could have imagined will start to fall into place for you.

Look at it as if the Universe is testing you to see if you are really willing to give your desire everything that you’ve got. And once the Universe sees that you are totally committed to achieving your goal, that your mind is focused and you are physically doing everything in your power to be successful, and that you REFUSE TO GIVE UP, the Universe steps in and works on your behalf. Positive things start to happen out of the blue and everything that you have worked for starts to fall into place.

I have seen this happen over and over again. I even have many examples of this very process in my own life. I’m not saying it will happen overnight or that it will be easy, but I am saying that it will happen if you DON’T QUIT. The moment you quit, you have proved to the Universe that you weren’t serious and didn’t deserve victory. Quitting is not acceptable to the Universe and it is not acceptable in the warrior lifestyle.

You must continue to try, even if you aren’t physically seeing results. We don’t always see the results of our training immediately, but they are there. You are always either moving forward or backwards, towards your goals or further away from your goals. I don’t have to tell you what direction you are moving if you quit. Be persistent – don’t quit!

Bohdi Sanders

Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Jul
01

MODERN BUSHIDO HITS #1!

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-1-2013

Modern Bushido #1 July 1, 2013

MODERN BUSHIDO HITS #1!

Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence HITS #1 on Amazon.com for Kindle and #2 on Amazon.com in martial arts books. It also captured 66th Place for self-help/motivational books on Kindle. This is quite the achievement for an independent publisher!

#1 in Kindle > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Martial Arts
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#66 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Self-Help > Motivational

Modern Bushido has been in the TOP 10 on Amazon.com for over 28 weeks and is now the #1 martial arts book on Amazon.com!* Modern Bushido was honored in May by the 2013 U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame for its contributions to the world of martial arts. It also won a 1st Place book award from the 2013 National Indie Excellence Books Awards.

Best-selling author, Bohdi Sanders, has won 8 awards for his books, but has never captured a #1 ranking until Modern Bushido hit #1 today on Amazon.com.

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Jun
28

Survival and Complete Triumph

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-28-2013

Modern Bushido 95

Survival is the foundation of endurance;
complete triumph is the endgame.
Bohdi Sanders


Survival and Complete Triumph

The warrior has to learn to endure life’s hardships and pain, but having to endure hardships is not an excuse to lower your standards or to lose your honor. There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything. Turning to dishonest acts and justifying them by blaming them on your circumstances is merely a cop out. This is not the way of the warrior, but rather the mindset of the criminal.

On the other extreme, you have the ultra passive school of thought which basically states that it is better to die than to ever harm another person, no matter what the circumstances. Khalil Gibran stated, “If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.” Again, this is not the way of the warrior. There are times when your survival may require that you do harm to another person. While the true warrior never wants to hurt or injure anyone else, he is certainly willing to do so if his hand is forced.

If his survival depends on his using martial arts skills to defend himself, then he is certainly justified. The philosophy that there is never any reason to harm or kill another human being is for monks or priests – not for warriors. Someone has to be willing to stand against evil in a proactive way, and that someone is the warrior.

The warrior lives somewhere in between these two extreme philosophies. His philosophy, concerning enduring hardships and surviving what life throws at him, has to be balanced with the code by which he lives. Surviving life’s hardships does not mean lowering your standards or temporarily shelving your principles. It means using your principles to overcome the hardships you are facing and turning those hardships into a victory in the end. Bohdi Sanders ~ excerpt from MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence, pg 95

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Jun
24

New Reviews for MODERN BUSHIDO!

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-24-2013

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New Reviews for MODERN BUSHIDO!

 

What an amazing review!

PERFECT and POWERFUL!, June 16, 2013

This review is from: Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

I am only into the first few pages and already I can tell you that this is genius! Powerful, motivational and inspiring! I am a spiritual counselor and I tell you that by reading this book, it is like having a true martial arts master sitting by your side.

Ever watch David Carradine in Kung Fu when he flashes back to his talks with his instructors? This is almost the same thing.

A MUST read!  If I could give it 10 stars, I would. By  Dr. S. G. Ph D


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Mar
29

Is Your Martial Art Balanced?

The Wisdom Warrior on Mar-29-2013


Martial arts is about
discovering the path between
self-protection and self-perfection.

True martial arts teach both self-defense and self-improvement. Teaching one of these without the other doesn’t produce a complete martial artist or a true warrior. Teaching martial arts skills without instruction in character training and the skills needed to move towards self-perfection, only produces someone who has the skills to be dangerous, but not the character to be a complete martial artist – a true warrior.

On the other hand, teaching someone the ways of self-perfection, without teaching them self-defense, produces a wonderful person, but one who leaves his own personal safety, and the personal welfare of his family, to fate. Again, this is dangerous because it leaves this wonderful person open to being attacked and being unable to defend himself or his family.

Martial arts training is about balance. You have to have a balance between the skills of self-protection and the pursuit of self-perfection. Balance is key in every part of your life. A good martial arts instructor will focus on balancing each part his student’s life – spirit, mind, and body.

There are many people, in the martial arts world, who disagree with the above statement, but ask yourself, “Where would a martial arts student be who has great skills, but doesn’t have the courage to use them when needed?” Or, what about a student who is a fantastic fighter, but who doesn’t have the self-discipline to control his temper? I could give you many more examples, but hopefully you get my point.

What good is your physical training without the wisdom to know when to use it and when to walk away from someone who is pushing you to fight? And, if you do have the wisdom to know when to use your skills, and when to refrain from using your skills, what good is it if you don’t have the courage to use them in the first place? Complete martial arts training gives you the skills, the wisdom to know how and when to use those skills, the courage to use them when you need to, and much more.

There are so many aspects of the martial arts that must work together in order to find the balance between self-protection and self-perfection. True martial arts produce warriors, not fighters. Anyone can be taught how to fight, but that is not what makes a complete martial artist or a true warrior. Martial arts are about more than learning the skills needed to prevail in a fight; they are about pursuing perfection in every area of your life.

You see, all of these areas, spirit, mind, and body, actually work in unison. When they are out of balance, you have a chink in your armor, an opening for those who would come against you. But when spirit, mind and body are trained, balanced and working in perfect unison, they stop being individual parts and merge together to make a complete martial artist – a true warrior.

Bohdi Sanders

Modern Bushido: Living a Life of Excellence

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Feb
20

Dangerous World

The Wisdom Warrior on Feb-20-2013


Dangerous World

The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein



I think that this statement by Albert Einstein would be more accurate if he had stated that the world is a dangerous place not only because of those who do evil, but also because of those who look on and do nothing.

There are some very dangerous, evil people in this world. That is just the way it is, and if anyone disputes that, they are living in a fantasy world. Some people are just plain bad and will kill you at the drop of a hat, and then order a Big Mac as if nothing had happened.

As bad as that sounds (and it is pretty bad), Einstein considered those people less of a problem than the people who look on and do nothing. Can you see his point? If everyone took an active role in bringing the evil people to justice, swift and sure justice, the evil doers would become less and less prevalent.

Even though there are a lot of evil men in this world, there are many, many more people who allow them to exist because of their apathy or fear. Those who allow evil, condone evil.

This world is a dangerous place both because of evil men and because of the apathy of others. This is why it is so important that the warrior be prepared to recognize and confront evil. If the warrior is not willing to stand up and do something about the evil in this world, who will? Can you rid this world of evil by protecting those around you? No. Can you make those around you safer, simply because you are there with them? Absolutely!

Bohdi Sanders

excerpt from The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary, pg 20

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Jan
16

Prepare for the Worst ~ Hope for the Best

The Wisdom Warrior on Jan-16-2013

Prepare for the Worst ~ Hope for the Best

Nothing is better or surer than fixing things in such a way that you are safe,
not because your enemy is unwilling, but because he is unable to hurt you.
Francesco Guicciardini


This quote by Francesco Guicciardini, from his great book, Maxims and Reflections, should be taken to heart by every warrior. This is what you are training for in your dojo. This quote should be posted in every dojo throughout the country. The warrior should not depend on the goodwill of some thug; that is madness. You can’t count on the probability that your enemy is really not motivated enough to truly hurt you, whether physically or in some other way.

This careless attitude offers you no security whatsoever, only a naïve faith in the goodness of those who may not be so good. Instead of hoping that your enemy will be unwilling to hurt you, it is much better to take steps to ensure that he can’t hurt you, even if he so desires. Don’t leave things up to chance. Fix things so that your enemy is unable to hurt you, then you will have peace of mind and a degree of security that comes with knowing that you are prepared for whatever your enemy may throw at you.

It seems that the majority of people today are doing just the opposite. They are walking around totally unprepared, mindlessly hoping that their enemy or the thug on the street is simply unwilling to hurt them. They live a life of chance. This is not the way of the warrior. The warrior takes pains to ensure that he is ready for whatever he may encounter.  Structure your life in a way that you know that you are safe, at least as much as you can. Be prepared.

Bohdi Sanders

The Warrior Lifestyle: Making Your Life Extraordinary

Dec
06

Be Careful of Your Thoughts!

The Wisdom Warrior on Dec-6-2012

Be careful of your thoughts;
they are the beginning of your acts.
Lao Tzu

Many people think that their thoughts really don’t matter as long as they don’t act on the negative or inappropriate thoughts, but thoughts have energy. In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu tells us that you need to be careful of your thoughts. Your thoughts are the beginning of your actions.

Keeping your mind clear and calm is part of a warrior’s training. You should strive to keep your thoughts on a level plain because your thoughts can and do affect your emotions. As I have said before, you cannot afford to allow your emotions to control your actions.

You have to be rational. Keep your thoughts rational. Keep your purpose in mind and focus on what will achieve your goals. Will getting angry help you achieve your goal? Will being upset and dwelling on what has just happened change anything? No, that is living in the past. You can only deal with your problems and decide on the right action to take by being rational and focusing your thoughts on rational solutions.

This is one reason why the warrior should study and meditate on the wisdom of the past. By keeping your thoughts on things which focus on honor and integrity, you allow these qualities to filter down to your actions.

When inappropriate thoughts pop into your mind, stop them in their tracks. Don’t give them a chance to develop roots and turn into actions. Controlling your thoughts is one of the hardest challenges you will have in your training, but it is vitally important.

Bohdi Sanders

excerpt from WARRIOR WISDOM


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Aug
19

Be Decisive!

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-19-2012

Be Decisive!

Deliberate often – Decide once.  Latin Proverb

The warrior has to be decisive. He has to spend time meditating on his values and his standards, and he has to know who he is deep down inside. This information gives him a moral compass as to how to live his life and how to make the important decisions that have to be made throughout his journey.

Everyone has important decisions which have to be made in their life. Your choices determine your destiny.

It is vital that you make the correct choices because every choice carries with it a set of consequences. For this reason you have to look at all the possibilities when you are deliberating what you should and should not do. Examine the pros and the cons. Look at the possible consequences for each choice.

Don’t rush your decisions. Take your time when possible, and don’t make a decision until you feel confident on the inside that your decision is correct.

Once you feel that you have made the best decision that you possibly can make, stick with it. The time for debating the issue has passed. You have spent time meditating on your options, you have thought about the different outcomes, and you have made the best decision that you could make.

Have confidence that you have done the best that you could do to make an intelligent decision. Don’t second guess yourself over and over again. This only causes doubt and stress to cloud your mind. Deliberate often – decide once, and then stand firm on your decision.

Bohdi Sanders, PhD

(from his book, WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood, page 146)


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Aug
05

MODERN BUSHIDO Now Available for Amazon Kindles

The Wisdom Warrior on Aug-5-2012

Great News for My Readers!

My newest book, MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence, is NOW AVAILABLE for Amazon Kindles!

Many of you have asked for me to have my books formatted as e-books, and now, after a long wait, MODERN BUSHIDO is available for Amazon Kindle and is priced at only $5.99! No more waiting on the mail or paying for shipping! Now you can download your copy of MODERN BUSHIDO and start reading immediately. Here is the link: MODERN BUSHIDO DOWNLOAD.

Enjoy!

Jul
24

Gun Control Kool-Aid

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-24-2012

Gun Control Kool-Aid

Right on cue, the anti-gun lobbyists are using the tragic shooting in Colorado to try to recharge their efforts to take away YOUR 2nd amendment right to own a firearm and defend yourself and your family. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid they are peddling! In case you are on the fence about this issue, let me throw out some food for thought for you to mull over.

Chicago has the toughest gun laws in America, and they had over 1,000 murders with firearms this year. New York has the 4th toughest gun laws in the country, and they had over 4,000 crimes involving guns this year. Norway has VERY strict gun control laws, yet those laws did nothing to prevent a massacre of over 70 people.

Taking constitutional rights away from law-abiding citizens has no affect on criminals. Guns are inanimate objects; they are not good or bad. No “gun” has EVER killed ANYONE. Other people kill people, not guns. I have a pistol in my desk drawer, and amazingly, it has never attacked me or tried to shoot me (or anyone else)! Guns don’t do bad things, bad people with guns do bad things.

Bad people do bad things, and will continue to do bad things until THEY are stopped. Their actions are not dependent on firearms. If they can’t get a gun, they will look for another way to try to achieve their goals, but THEY will always be able to get a gun. Gun laws only effect LAW-ABIDING citizens; they have no affect on criminals.

Has outlawing marijuana stopped people from getting marijuana or any other illegal drug they want to get? Not hardly. Has gambling laws stopped people from gambling on the Super Bowl? Do speed limits stop people from speeding? Did prohibition stop people from drinking? You don’t legislate morality people!

Doing away with the second amendment only takes guns away from law-abiding citizens, not the criminals and thugs. I have a newsflash for the gun control proponents – criminals don’t obey the law, that is what makes them criminals.

We have laws against driving drunk, but drunk drivers kill 1,000′s of people every year. Should we outlaw cars or alcohol?? Many people are killed by knives each year. Should we outlaw all knives? Many people are killed by people using screwdrivers each year. Maybe we should outlaw sharp tools. Many, many more people die from prescription drugs each year than guns, maybe we should do away with all medicines that have dangerous side affect.

People who want to take our 2nd amendment rights away are nothing more than Kool-Aid drinkers with an agenda.

You don’t like guns, don’t buy a gun, but don’t tell me what I can do or limit my right to defend myself or my family!! If you want to turn hundreds of thousands of law-abiding citizens, who have never hurt anyone and or no threat to anyone other than armed criminals, into outlaws – outlaw all guns. But either way, my pistol will stay in my desk drawer or under my coat.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Jul
19

Personal Development Interview

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-19-2012

Personal Development Interview

If you are interested in the warrior lifestyle, warriorship, martial arts, honor, character, or integrity, you will enjoy this short interview from Monday, July 16 on the Brady Cameron Personal Development Show in Las Vegas.

If you missed the live interview on KLAV in Las Vegas, Monday night, here is the link to the interview.

And, I would very much appreciate hearing your opinions on the interview. Enjoy!

Brady Cameron Interviews Bohdi Sanders in Las Vegas

~ THE WISDOM WARRIOR BOOKSTORE ~

Jul
11

Your Greatest Enemies are in Your Mind

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-11-2012

Your Greatest Enemies are in Your Mind

The greatest enemies, and the ones we must mainly combat, are within.
Cervantes


Everyone has enemies, even the most jovial, well-liked person has people who would love to see him crash and burn. You have enemies, even if you don’t realize it, but most of your enemies are no threat. Most of them don’t care enough or are not malevolent enough to truly cause you any problems. In fact, you may never have to deal with your enemies at all, at least not your external enemies, but there are enemies which we all have to deal with on a regular basis, and as Cervantes stated, they come from within.

These enemies are the ones that the warrior must conquer in his quest to live the warrior lifestyle. Just like external enemies, these internal enemies are different for each person. Some may take the form of laziness or fear, while others may take the form of anger and temper. Everyone has their own individual enemies to deal with during their journey on the path of the warrior. The important thing is that you do not let your enemies defeat you and prevent you from obtaining your goals.

You know what your own personal enemy is and it is your responsibility to figure out how to defeat this enemy. There are no small, insignificant enemies. Each one has the capacity to do some damage and set you back in your quest. Don’t let your internal enemies slide – crush them and render them powerless. This is an important part of being a true warrior.

Bohdi Sanders
(from the book WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood, page 3)

You can find WARRIOR: The Way of Warriorhood and all my other books at:
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Jul
03

Lessons Learned from a Legendary Man

The Wisdom Warrior on Jul-3-2012

Lessons Learned from a Legendary Man

Andy Griffith passed away today at the age of 86. In the 1960′s, he put together a special cast of characters and a television show that will never grow old. The values taught on almost every episode of the Andy Griffith Show were values that every true warrior show aspire to.

The Andy Griffith Show was not only great entertainment, but taught values such as character, honesty, honor, facing your fears, humility, giving, forgiveness, being a true friend, helping those in need, patience, and love. And this was all done with class, humor, and always with a tug on the the heart.

Griffith’s character in the show, Andy Taylor, was a true warrior. No, he didn’t talk tough, nor did he do martial arts. He didn’t carry a gun, although he accessed weapons when he needed them, and we almost never saw him fight. He didn’t take his authority overly seriously or abuse his power, but rather used his position to help as many people as he could.

He always worked to bring common sense to the governmental, bureaucratic politicians, but did so in a friendly way, without being hostile, demeaning or pushy, always thinking about what was right, not was was simply legal.

He kept his ego in check and was always willing to let others take the credit for his own accomplishments in order to build their self-esteem and try to help them better their lives. He kept his pride in check and got pleasure in seeing how he helped others improve their lives.

With Andy, others came first. He was always respectful of other people’s feelings. He used common sense in applying the law instead of using the law as a way to collect as much tax money from people as possible, as so many cops do today. He was truly a lawman that served and protected people, and in return people had respect for him instead of fear.

He was always willing to sit down and explain things to those whose life had veered off the right path. He took insults with a grain of salt, and at the same time looked for the good in all people.

When someone was in need, he was always willing to help when he could. When someone was feeling down, he always worked to make them feel better. When something was wrong, he tried to make it right. When he was wrong, he apologized and made amends.

When a friend was in trouble, he went out of his way to be there for him. When a predator came prowling around the people he loved and cared for, he stepped up to make sure his friends and loved ones remained safe. He never hesitated to put his life on the line and do his duty when it came to that.

He was ever prepared for trouble, but never went looking for it. He was a busy man, but always made time for friends and family. When a word from him would help someone improve their life, he gladly volunteered to help, always thinking of others’ feelings.

Andy Taylor was soft spoken most of the time, but his words were full of wisdom. He was happy, mellow, and laid back, but could get serious and take care of business at the drop of a hat. And, even when he needed to get serious, he could do so without raising his voice. The tone and seriousness of his voice was enough to get his point across.

His priorities were always his family, his friends, his community, and a dedication to what was right. He was sincere and didn’t put on heirs.

He used common sense in his enforcement of the law, instead of being a stickler for the “rules,” something many cops and judges could learn from in today’s society. His focus was on the common good and what was just, not the letter of the laws, written and passed by corrupt politicians. And, he did it all with a friendly, loving smile.

He could fit in by simply being himself, whether he was wearing a coat and tie with the rich and powerful, or a pair of jeans and fishing hat with the local guys.

Taylor earned the respect of those who knew him, but he didn’t let that respect, or his position, go to his head.

Andy Taylor was a true warrior. The lessons taught on that one television show are timeless, and the wisdom packed into that show, for those who are open to it, is truly lessons for life.

If you are too young to remember it, rent the DVD’s or go back and watch the reruns. If you haven’t seen the show in a while, go back and watch it with these values in mind and see what you learn.

I raise a glass to Andy Griffith to honor the life of a quality man and someone who exemplified the qualities of a true warrior and a quality  human being.

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

Jun
23

Nothing is Impossible if You are Motivated and Inspired

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-23-2012


Nothing is Impossible
If You are Motivated and Inspired

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu

Many people refuse to try because they think the task is simply too large. For example, there are many who will not continue training to the level of black belt because after a couple of months, their goal just seems so far away that it seems almost unreachable. This is a common feeling no matter what the objective may be.

This wrong thinking stems from looking at the entire objective instead of simply taking it one step at a time. Break it down into smaller goals and have an organized plan for achieving your overall objective. If you are just starting out in the martial arts, don’t focus on being a black belt; focus on small, obtainable goals. Just keep taking one step at a time.

If you were focused on becoming a black belt, and doing it now, then of course that objective would be overwhelming for you.  Most goals take time to achieve; they don’t happen overnight. There are many steps you have to take to reach that goal, just as there are many steps you have to take to reach the top of a mountain.

If you want to hike to the peak of a mountain, and you go to the mountain and look up, thinking about how high it is and how rugged it looks, it can easily discourage you. Instead of being intimidated by the external appearance, just think about the process and begin your journey. Soon you will look back behind you and be amazed at how high you have climbed.

Let’s look at another example. If I gave you a 16 ounce steak and told you to eat it, it might seem like an impossible task if your mind was focused on eating it all in one bite. But if you take your steak knife and start to eat one small piece at a time, you will find that it is not only a very doable task, but a very enjoyable task as well.

Life works in the same way. Don’t worry about how big your objective seems, just start working towards your goal. Once you have taken those first steps, you will be amazed at how things start to fall into place. Soon you will realize that you have achieved more than you ever dreamed; and it all started with that first step.

Nothing is impossible to the person who has the right mindset, motivation, and who is willing to actually take action toward his or her goals. Keep your focus on the journey, not the destination!

Bohdi Sanders

The Wisdom Warrior


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Jun
18

Respect and Courtesy

The Wisdom Warrior on Jun-18-2012

Respect and Courtesy

“I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same of them.”
John Wayne in The Shootist.

This statement from John Wayne’s last movie seems like common sense. After all, good people don’t treat other people poorly and they don’t expect to be treated badly by others either. This is one of the basic tenets of decent behavior when interacting with people, but more and more of our citizens are ignoring this out of a selfish, narcissistic attitude which looks at the world as if it revolves solely around them.

The true warrior doesn’t look at this world with that same uncaring attitude.. He doesn’t go around bullying other people. He doesn’t use his skills to intimidate others, belittle others, or become abusive in any way. He doesn’t treat others with disrespect, hate, or a better-than-thou attitude. He refuses to lower his standards to achieve his personal goals or to satisfy his own desires.

All of these things are below him, and at the same time, so is allowing others to treat him in these ways. He treats others with respect, and requires the same of them.

This doesn’t mean that he is constantly in someone’s face for not treating him right, but it does mean that he will require a certain amount of courtesy and respect from those he interacts with in his life. It doesn’t take much to treat others in a respectful manner; in general, people that are rude, go out of their way to be rude.

Courtesy and respect are both important parts of the warrior’s life. These traits are found, or should be found, in every martial arts dojo. It is pretty simple – treating people with courtesy and respect is merely showing that you value that person as a human being. It also demonstrates to the world that you value the traits of warriorhood and character.

Rude behavior toward another, in reality reflects the rude person’s own character. While everyone is free to act and speak as he or she wishes, you, at the same time, have the right to stand up to those who treat you in such a manner. To quote Captain Woodrow Call, from the movie Lonesome Dove, “I won’t tolerate rude behavior.”

The warrior also refuses to tolerate rude behavior. This is not to say that you should get physical or verbally threatening every time someone is rude to you. In today’s social climate, not only would that take up a large block of your time, but it would also land you in jail.

So the question remains, how should the warrior skilled in martial arts deal with inconsiderate, rude behavior? Try dealing with it from an attitude of educating the other person. Many people today have never even been taught how they should act, let alone anything about manners for that matter. Many don’t even realize that they are being completely rude and disrespectful.

You can correct, or bring these actions to their attention, without being confrontational or falling prey to the same type behavior yourself, by simply saying something such as, “Hey, you know, I don’t really appreciate what you just said (did, didn’t do, etc.) to me. Don’t you think that was kind of rude?”

Most people will apologize when approached in this manner, and, at the same time, you will have taught them a valuable lesson, while doing it in a non-confrontational way. By doing this, you have actually cared enough to help this person. Most people simply do not care enough to bother.

Many people tend to just ignore someone’s rude behavior because they are not self-confident enough to stand up for their own decent treatment, really don’t care about the other person or being treated with respect, or don’t value respect or courtesy themselves. Consequently, they just let the rude behavior slide. The problem with this is that it re-enforces this behavior, and these people continue to treat others rudely.

This brings me to another point. Although most times you don’t want to let this kind of behavior slide, you do have to use wisdom and be rational about who you confront, how you confront him, and when and where you confront him.

For example, you would not want to confront a group of gangbangers, hanging out with their buddies, for some minor discourtesy. This would obviously turn into something much more serious. There is a time and a place for everything, including inaction.

In the same way, you don’t want to embarrass someone in front of his kids, etc. There are many examples of times and places which are inappropriate to correct someone’s bad behavior. Use common sense and wisdom when deciding whether or not to correct someone who has been disrespectful or rude to you.

The bottom line is you don’t want to allow others to treat you in a disrespectful, demeaning way, not if you are truly living by the principles of warriorhood. At the same time, there is a right way and a wrong way to require courtesy and respectful treatment.

Way too many martial artists attempt to correct others’ actions in a tough guy, threatening manner. This is not the way of the warrior, but it is unwise and dangerous. Think before you act!

Bohdi Sanders

The Wisdom Warrior


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Take Your Training Seriously

The Wisdom Warrior on May-16-2012


Take Your Training Seriously

You must be deadly serious in your training. Gichin Funakoshi


If you are not taking your training seriously, you may have a very unpleasant surprise should you ever have to use your training in a real life-or-death situation. There are A LOT of really tough, bad people out there, and trust me, they are not incompetent when it comes to getting physical.

If you doubt me, all you have to do is watch one of the television programs about our prisons. What you see will be eye-opening for you. You won’t see nice, orderly inmates walking single file from one place to the other. You won’t see spindly, frail old men shuffling along, pathetically doing their time. If that is your image of prison, you have a shock coming.

What you will see is thugs, ripped like bodybuilders, training for their next vicious fight. And by training, I don’t mean punching a bag or doing a few pushups. They are as well trained for fighting in the streets as our military is for military duty. These thugs know exactly how to hurt you and disable you. They know exactly how and where to cut you to do the most damage. They are hard, strong, tough, and have basically no sense of mercy.

And, the majority of them are not in prison permanently. That’s right, these thugs will be back on the street, and contrary to popular opinion, they are not being reformed in prison. On top of all this, there are just as many of these people walking free in every part of our country, even as you read this.

If you need motivation to take your training deadly seriously, this should provide it for you. These people are not like you and me. They do not think the same or have the same values. They do  not value life and many have chips on their shoulders, especially the ones who have had to deal with our justice system, which is turning many young men, who were not dangerous thugs, into these dangerous monsters, but that is another topic.

The point is there are very dangerous, warped people out there, and you have to be prepared just in case you cross paths with one of these people.

To the warrior, self-defense and martial arts training is serious. It is not merely a game or good exercise. While there is nothing inherently wrong with either of those, the warrior trains in order to protect himself and others. And, he has to be deadly seriously about his training. He doesn’t want to find himself unprepared on the day of reckoning.

As I said, these people have very little, if any, mercy. While you very well may never have to deal with one of these people, you never know. It happens to people every single day. If it does happen, you may only get one chance to save your life or the lives of your family. Will you be able to do this if you have been merely playing around with your training? Maybe, but you would be very lucky.

It is best to take your training serious. Be prepared. How prepared you are to meet these kinds of challenges depends totally on you and your training. You don’t want to find yourself regretting the fact that you were unprepared. Train hard – train smart!

Bohdi Sanders
The Wisdom Warrior

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