Defeat Is Not An Option

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 There is no need to wait for the enemy to start combat. You go Into the attack and if the enemy decides to go in at the same time then you must be quicker, more focused, and more resolved. It is essential that you go into the attack with your body leading your hands and feet. You achieve this by having a more determined attitude and a stronger spirit. Have no preconceived ideas about how a situation should come out. Go into the attack with the attitude of destroying the enemy and you surely will if your spirit is up to the occasion and your heart is into the matter and you do not fear the possibility of being hurt in the exchange. Press in hard with your body, shout with force and authority, and let your hands come out of nowhere to destroy the enemy. 

You can never waiver with the intent of your attack. Go in deeply with the body. Not doing so will permit your enemy to find a opening and perhaps destroy you. This you do not want. Go into the attack with everything you have and then, if necessary, regroup and do it again.

                                       – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

If you know you are in danger or combative action is imminent, then why would you fully wait to be attacked before you did something, be it non-physical or physical. Should your level of awareness see the threat emanating, you should take action exactly at that point, not waiting for the preparation of the adversary. When engaged in battle, if you and the aggressor advance at the same time and clash, then you must utilize your technique and strategy to take advantage. You should not be afraid to clash, just have a method when you do, do not do so blindly. You must commit to what you are doing when you go in. To do anything halfheartedly will gain halfhearted results. You cannot be distracted on how the battle will end or what will happen during the midst of battle, because that is sure to lead to defeat. You must be focused on the moment and time at hand……that moment……because the present moment dictates that future. Whether you are clashing (head to head meeting) or exchanging (trading) with your opponent you must not allow your focus or spirit to break. If you do, that one instant in time will be the open door that lets your opponent in.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

When you clash with another warrior and there is no release of conviction on either part, you must employ a diversion in your attack. Strike high, low, and middle using whatever means are necessary to finish off  the opponent. You must learn different combinations and techniques down to your soul and they must come without thinking. In unarmed forms fighting , you attack with punches, kicks, and strikes in rapid succession without pause. Each and every attack you make must be done with full force and authority. You cannot attack half-heartedly. When you finish with one technique, you must continue on with yet another and another until you have attained your goal, which is to destroy the enemy.

                                  – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

The warrior should study the craft of combatives well enough to have a number of tactics and combinations of numbers of tactics. This gives them options. All the movements in the world mean  nothing though, if they are not done with enough repetitions to become muscle memory. One should know how to attack in combination using numerous types of techniques, and most possess follow-through when using them. This comes only from committing to the techniques and being confident in the techniques. That is attained through strenuous training.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

The falling leaves cut. Falling leaves means that you drop onto the enemy with subtle but overwhelming strategy. Falling on the enemy is attacking without preconceived ideas as to how to conclude the battle. In this way, you will gain control over the enemy’s sword. It is essential that you practice powerful deflection and parrying techniques. Strive to control your enemy’s sword. Without practiced deflection and parrying techniques you are left with only the possibility of having to constantly get around the enemy.

                              –  Miyamoto Musashi

Strategy is part and parcel with vocabulary of fighting techniques. Strategy is what allows you to use your techniques in the right way and the less strategy or concepts you have, the less option you will have in battle, regardless of how many fighting movements you know. The warrior masters techniques as well as strategy, and engages in battle with intelligence first and foremost. The warrior whom has reached this level has no fear of fighting because when they do fight, all they see is openings. This is because they have the strategy to go along with their fighting abilities. They know in order for the opponent to hurt them, they must get close enough, and are close enough themselves to be harmed. The warrior knows that every time the aggressor moves or attacks, they have to open themselves up, creating a target. The warrior knows that every technique has a counter or reversal and it will become apparent if they maintain mental self control. The warrior knows that the same methods they know can be applied to them but they rest assured knowing more importantly, that they can be applied to the opponent. These simple concepts and stratagem’s are endless are are a fundamental part of strategy and of mastering strategy.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

Correct Spiritual Bearing in Combat ; Warrior’s Menality

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The Book of five rings is the legendary text by the Japanese swordsman Musashi Miyamoto. In the Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System (UBWPS) we undergo a study of a multitude of philosophies and texts as apart of scholarship and higher learning. Through these studies in combination from the things learned from a multitude of other respective cultures we gather our own thoughts and interpretations that we use we use to continually foster our own ideals of warriorism, better living, deeper thinking and self education as those whom life the warrior lifestyle.  The following are some of the things we have come to learn from our study of those whom have come before us. More specifically, in regards to this classical and respected text.

   The manner in which a warrior carries himself is of the utmost importance both physically and mentally. You are undoubtedly familiar with men whom are quiet and strong and seem to be doing nothing. They do not appear to be tense and do not appear to be in disarray. They simply appear. This is exactly the appearance for which they strive. When necessary to attack, they do so without complete resolve, sure of themselves, neither with overbearing in attitude or with false humility. They attack with one purpose and one purpose only – to destroy the enemy.  They do not take false postures when they prepare for attack. They simply attack with all their soul.  A small man can beat a much larger man and one man can beat many in a fight.  Allow your wisdom to develop by constantly striving to prefect yourself in your own art and understanding the arts of others.  When you understand yourself and you understand the enemy you cannot be defeated. Be aware at all times of what is right and wrong among men. Do not permit yourself to be intimidated by the size of the enemy.  Weather on or off the battlefield, there is no difference in spirit. The warrior sees all of life as a battlefield. Do not lose heart if the enemy’s appearance is overwhelming. You must commit yourself to constant study in order to develop perfection in your soul evident in the demeanor of your spirit.     

A warrior has only one objective – to destroy the enemy by whatever means necessary. If you do not understand this teaching then how can you ever hope to do what you are trying to accomplish ? You must go into combat with the attitude of absolutely destroying the enemy. If you do not develop this attitude, then what are you doing there in the first place ? Combat fighting is not done for fun. Even in practice sessions you must have the attitude of going in for the kill. Remember the main idea behind becoming a warrior is learning how to destroy the enemy. Without destroying the enemy you are playing a child’s game. Destroy the at any cost even if it means that you yourself may possibly be hurt in the exchange. Think of nothing but cutting the enemy down. Even when large armies go into battle, their main attitude must be to destroy the enemy, otherwise they will lose and be disgraced. There is no other reason to be a warrior.

                                                                        – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

The true warrior is a master of themselves and their spiritual energy. When the time comes for action, they do not have to “hype” themselves up or try to adrenalize their physical state before they take action. Staying always at they center, they are free to move in between extremes or stay in place, and take action……..any action…….naturally and with emotional content. Not anger, not aggression, not out of fear or anything else. The warrior aims to avoid battle at all costs, but when the situations will not allow avoidance, they act with good judgment and confidence behind what they are doing. Full commitment without hesitating, second guesses, or looking back. They do not verbalize with false bravado nor try to gain intimidation with physical posturing. These are petty physical action used by the common fighter or brute, but not the warrior whom is skilled, intelligent and classy. The first thing that hits the opponent of the warrior is their spirit, not their fists, and this happens before the first blow is even given, and many times can neutralize a confrontation before it becomes physical.  Because the warrior has such control over themselves and spirit, and have perfected and understand themselves and skills, they can defeat one man or many men in battle. They are not hesitant in the face of the size, weaponry, or appearance of the enemy, they use these things to analyze them and bring out their swift defeat.  The warrior knows that they can be defeated but have no fear of it because they know the opposition can too. They know victory in combat is all about whom can force their ability/ strengths upon the opposition’s weaknesses first and effectively. Acting in good judgment and righteous / logical purpose the warrior knows themselves, their enemy, and the situation. Their firm understanding of right and wrong allows them to use good judgment in action. This involves the warrior standing down when wrong and standing up when right.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System