What I do have are a particular set of skills,
skills I have developed over a very long career,
skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
Really proficient warriors have a very dangerous, very specific set of skills, that do indeed make us very dangerous for people who give us no other choice other than to use our skills. We know how to inflict pain on the body that most people have never even imagined. Many of our skills can do permanent damage if we are forced to use them. And, some of our skills will simply leave our enemy broken and dead. Yes, this is very blunt, but it is also the reality of the situation; it is the reality of true warrior training.
And, because this is the reality of the skills that we train to perfect, we must discipline ourselves to never use those skills except for a last resort, and never take those skills lightly. The human body really is very fragile, especially to the person who knows where the weak spots are and how to use his skills to attack those body parts. Never take your skills for granted. Never take them lightly.
Jesus stated that from those who much is given, much is required. If you have been given these skills, much is required and expected of you. You must be thoughtful, both in training and on the streets, as to when and how to use your skills. Our particular set of skills can be very dangerous, and just like any other dangerous weapon, you must respect them and be careful about how you handle them.
These skills are about self-defense, and self-defense covers everything. If you go out and carelessly use your special set of skills, you are putting yourself at risk in many ways. That is not self-defense; that is recklessness.
The martial arts seem like a game or a sport to so many people, but when you take off the gloves, it is not a game. Things can turn deadly at the drop of a hat. You can severely hurt of kill someone very easily. Take the skills you have been given very seriously and only use them against another human being when you absolutely have to.
Remember, from those who much is given, much is required. Much is required of the true warrior. Not the least of which is restraint when dealing with those with which we least want to restrain ourselves. Those are the people who try your patience, your discipline, and your ultimate skills of winning without fighting. Always think rationally and never be rash.
Bohdi Sanders, PH.D.
excerpt from the award-winning, #1 best-seller
MODERN BUSHIDO: Living a Life of Excellence