The Warrior & Leadership

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In the Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy school of concepts, for us as warriors, leadership is a paramount concept. Being a leader encompasses many things, like foremost having the skills, mentality, and ability to lead others. Being a great leader comes from being a great follower and the experience gained. Having the respect of others so that they trust in you and are willing to heed you is another aspect of being a leader. One has to earn and be worthy of that respect, and respect period.

Being a leader can be a very hard and lonely road, filled with adversity and heavy responsibility. The true warrior- leader leads by example. They understand the strategy of life as well as of the battlefield, and they make decisions and sacrifices today to ensure tomorrows victory.

Others will not always like, agree, or understand the methods and ways of the warrior-leader. Others may feel there are different ways or better ways of doing something. But the warrior -leader separates their emotions and feelings from the development of plans and strategy because they know that personal preference and comfort do not correlate with battle tactics .

The warrior-leader makes decisions and does what is best not for himself, but for everyone, regardless if others see or understand it at the time. This may place strain on friendships / relationship but the warrior-leader cannot and will not waver because they know that victory is dependent upon them. Knowing this, the warrior leader trusts that in the end, their actions will show proof to to others that they had righteous and correct intentions from the beginning.


Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System ; Concept of fighting negative energy

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Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

Hacomtaewresdo Warriorism

The concept of fighting negative energy;

For those whom believe in the concept of their being a devil, and that this devil brings about bad things, energy, and circumstances, take this knowledge to heart as a way to combat him in life. The warrior scholar will walk away with the Universal concept of how to combat negative energy in life.

The devil is evil, pure hatred and dark, negative energy. He gains his strength by claiming the minds, bodies, and souls of people and turning them to his ways. He tries to break good people by being a plague to their lives. He will take away the things an individual loves, be they material possessions, beneficial relationships, loved ones or hopes and dreams. He will attack on the mental, physical, and spiritual planes to find what weaknesses he can to exploit. When he does this, if successful, he puts that person at their lowest point and strives to break their faith and any hope they have. This will in turn make the person become bitter, angry, and dark, leading to their further decent into his clutches.

As an individual, I have been fortunate enough in my path of life to have had elders whom passed down wisdom to me of such things and how I can best combat them and walk in power. It can be hard and sometimes one may falter at points, but that all comes with the battle of life. Battle involves struggle. Anyone though, can have a warrior spirit and train themselves by the mental attributes to allow them to wall tall on the battlefield of life;
self control, indomitable spirit, focus, intelligence, courage, perseverance all these and many more things. One must also remember the universal laws of karma and how the energy you place forth is the energy you eventually receive in the universal circle of power. Also that too, the best way to combat negative energy or darkness, is to spread positive or good energy and be a light in them midst of darkness.

Food for thought from a warrior-philosopher and scholar
Headmaster Abraham Hardy, Ultimate lutalo

Universal Belief & Warrior philosophy ; African Poverbs

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The following is a collection of some out the UBWP systems favorite povebs and quotes coming from African philosophies ;

When bothers fight to the death, a stranger inherits their estate.

The most beautiful fig may contain a worm.

If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents.

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone.

A patient man will eat ripe fruit.

He who fears the sun will not become Chief.

A large chair does not make a King.

The wise create proverbs for fools to lean, not repeat.

Patience attracts happiness, it brings near that which is far.

Love has to be shown by deeds, not words.

In a moment of crisis, the wise build bridges, fools build dams.

A wise person will always find a way.

You do not teach the paths of the forest to an old gorilla.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

You become wise when you un out of money.

A close fiend can become a close enemy.

Patience can cook a stone.

Traveling is leaning.

A family is like a forest. When you are outside it seems dense, but when you are inside, you see each tee has it’s place.

Because he lost his reputation, he lost a kingdom.

When a king has good counselors, his reign is peaceful.

Where thee is love, thee is no darkness.

One cannot count on riches.

By crawling, one learns to stand.

To get lost is to lean the way.

Bad friends will prevent you from having good fiends.

Unity is strength, division is weakness.

A united family eats from the same plate.

When you follow in the path of you father, you lean to walk like him.

When two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.

He who effuses to obey, cannot command.

Much wealth brings many enemies.

Wisdom is wealth.

A patient person never misses a thing.

One who causes others misfortune also teaches them wisdom.

A leader who does not take advice is not a leader.

He who thinks he is leading and has no one following him is only taking a walk.

By the time the fool has leaned the game, the players have dispersed.

Patience is the key which solves all problems.

Patience puts a crown on the head.

A family tie is like a tree. It can bend but it cannot beak.

There can be no peace without understanding.

Hold a true friend with both hands.

Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile will not eat you.

Return to old watering holes for more than water. Fiends and dreams await you there.

You always lean a lot more when you lose than when you win.

War has no eyes.

If you cant resolve your problems in peace, you cant solve war.

He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it.

Ears that do not listen to advice accompany the head when it is chopped off.

The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water.

Peace is costly but worth the expense.

What you give, you get, ten times over.

Money cannot talk, yet it can make lies look true.

Ugliness with a good character is better than beauty.

UBWPS ; False warriors and their false attiudes

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Do not bear false attitudes. False attitudes work best where there are no real enemies. In real situations they can get you killed very quickly. The true warrior does not go around telling everyone that he is a great warrior. He permits his actions to govern others responses. My idea of attitude is based on the principle of the true Way, which is to not allow it to be perceived by the enemy. Blatant attitudes such as fancy armor, engraved battle array and the like are an attempt to throw the enemy off balance. Yet these things only impress the untrained or the irresolute. The warriors attitude is that of taking the lead in a fight and winning with resolve. You must understand this basic lesson. It is important to perceive the enemies attitudes, regardless of whether you deem him to be correct or incorrect in having them.

                              – Miyamoto Musashi , The Book Of Five Rings


It is stupid to try and beat his attitude with your attitude.

                              – Miyamoto Musashi , The Book Of Five Rings


It is required of the warrior that in order to follow the true Way he be aware of all possible conditions prior to the actual battle taking place ; in this way he may not even have to do battle because of his superior intelligence based on perception and intuition. It is possible to win a fight without ever having to go into combat. You must understand this.

                                – Miyamoto Musashi , The Book Of Five Rings


When you go into the attack and are committed to destroying the enemy , you do not have to worry about being cut in return, and therefore you won’t be. The “spirit of the thing it’s self” is what carries you through to the successful resolution of a fight. When you are returning the attack to the enemy after he has attacked you, you are permitting your rhythm and timing to be controlled by him. Regardless of how well you fight, you are on the defensive in this scenario. You should strive to neither be defensive or offensive. These ideas can force the mind to stop in its flow of consciousness and get you killed when you are in a fight. I strongly urge you to understand this part of my strategy if you are on the path of the warrior.

                                   – Miyamoto Musashi , The Book Of Five Rings



Any would-be aggressor that would fashion you as their enemy does so for a reason. It may be obvious or not so obvious, but they have particular intent in their actions. You being a true warrior fear no individual not nothing they may say or do because you know you possess the mental and physical skills and abilities to do battle with any enemy, and more importantly have experience in dealing with such enemies’. Rather than seeing them as a threat or challenge, the true warrior sees them more as a pathetic nuisance. Like a fly bothering them on a hot summer day. The enemy is always a bully first and foremost, and will use their numbers to appear impressive. They will be loud and aggressive and strive to intimidate your spirit, bending your will to theirs out of fear. The true warrior finds this laughable and takes true threats seriously but does not find it necessary to be bothered with dealing with would-be challengers. The true warriors is calm, reserved and emotionless in the face of anyone or anything in their path. They are physically and mentally ready to do whatever it takes to deal with what lies before them. The true warrior does not know what it means to fear another individual or to be intimidated. The warrior is thusly reserved and confident because they spend their whole lives training and that brings about understandings that their enemies could never interpret. While the enemy tries tricks, and ploys and all manner of tactics the warriors stays calm and holds firm, watching the enemy act like a court jester and make an ass of themselves. If necessary or the time comes, they warrior strikes so soundly like lightning, moves with the force of thunder, shakes the ground like an earthquake and crashes like a hurricane, sucking the enemy up like a tornado and scattering them about like rag dolls.

– The Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System



The warrior, being in control of themselves, does not feel the need to react to every word or action by the enemy, as said, they let the enemy make all the action, making themselves look like the proverbial ass.  Furthermore into this, the warrior only lets out information or knowledge of themselves that they wish others to know, and thusly, those whom would attack the warrior non physically only have what the warrior gives them, leading back to the enemy looking like our barnyard friend the ass. When the enemy strives to make any form of battle plan to attack the warrior, the warrior knows what information the enemy has because he laid it out for the enemy to acquire.  The enemy’s plans fail before they even begin. Those whom know of the ancient skills of arts like Ninjitsu and others can understand this, but too much has been said already.

– The Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System



The true warrior does not train to be unstoppable, for it is not possible. The true warrior trains to be indomitable which is a very tangible thing. They train in all skills physically and mentally and train not to make themselves “unbeatable” but to make themselves “very hard to beat” per se.  Many warriors train in many different skills, some are very good at some and lack at others, some are average across the broad stroke of abilities. For those of Hacomtaewresdo, the “Way of the ultimate warrior” we have discovered the pinpoint of balance in all skills and mastery of all ranges inclusive of the physical and non physical.  The warrior whom knows they are a true warrior and knows what a true warrior is………is a truly formidable individual.


– The Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System



The true warrior does not fear battle, be it physical or non physical. They are seasoned veterans of battle on every plane, hence they hold no fear and when they act, it with with total commitment  and precision.  They have built and forged their mental, physical, and spiritual beyond that of average, and in matters of speaking, nothing about the true warrior is average which makes them indomitable. The true warrior walks in peace but is prepared for battle. They never initiate battle with others for any reason, but when accosted they will defend with emotional content. Once the decision is made by the true warrior to battle, they commit to that action until the threat is neutralized. That is apart of the warrior’s mentality or mindset, but only a very small aspect of a very large and complex thing.


– The Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

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

UBWPS ; Concepts of Warriorism

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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 repective cultures we gather our own thoughs 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.

1. No man is invincible, and therefore no man can understand that which would make him invincible. Even with complete and thorough study there is the possibility of being defeated and although one may be expert in a particular form, mastery is something one never stops seeking to attain. It is doubtful anyone truly understands the “real” way of strategy, much less truly lives it.  – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

When approaching battle, the true warrior does not think of victory or defeat, they only think of the moment at hand. They focus on their training, the task at hand, and past battle experience. They do not care of the notions of victory or defeat because they are inconsequential distractions. For the true warrior, they know that defeat is never an option anyways, yet always a possibility.  – Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

 2. The development of warrior consciousness is an ongoing thing    – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

The true warrior begins their study into the way of the warrior knowing no matter how much they learn or how well they master the application of    learned skills, that they can be defeated.  Does this worry them ? No. Does this make them train any less harder ? No. Why ? Because being a warrior is something you are and you live. Not a hobby, toy, game, or recreation. As a way of life, it is a lifelong study and pursuit. The true warrior is not concerned with being the best combatant in the world or being better than anybody else. They are concerned with being the best they can be everyday and striving for excellence in all their actions. They study not only the main subjects of their craft, but any and everything relating to their craft. The learning and study never ceases and more and more subjects are added, fostering intelligence (knowing many things) and leading to wisdom (knowing the truth and what matter of many things).  – Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

3. The “Way” cannot be learned through frivolous contests in which the outcome is for the name of a school or a large trophy. It can only be realized when physical death is a reality.   – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

In learning combat, the warrior does not let their ego influence them to think that physical or sportive contests are an indicator of their true proficiency as a warrior. They understand be it training or athletic contests that they are all a simulation of aspects of true combat. While contests have rules and safety measures true combat does not and has more variables. Contests with the confines of rules does can not teach truth in combat to the practitioner, no matter how adept they may become at them. Truly no “training” can simulate life or death battle either. Any contest or training, no matter how rugged or intense (and while a positive and worthwhile pursuit) only prepares the warrior for what they may potentially face by mentally and physically toughening and callousing them. It is when you are on the battlefield and looking an aggressor in the eye whom means to take your life, can you truly understand the full implications of the “Way” or truth in combat.   – Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

4. It is useless for people whom look good in play competition to think in terms of being masters. They appear to understand the truth and permit their own self-importance to convince themselves that they are bearers of the truth.  

    – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

4. B. Commercialism does nothing to enhance the reality of truth.    – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five

The true warrior understands that while sport is a positive endeavor and is fun, exciting, and even has its share of benefits, that it is not true life or death struggle. Because of this, regardless of how great a fighter they may become, they do not let their ego carry them into the mind sate that they are masters of combat because of what they have achieved competitively. They know the truth of the matter and can separate fighting fellow contenders from fighting for their lives.           – Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

The truth is the way of the universe as the Tao (Dao) states. So with that being said, if there is truth in your actions and what you do in regards to the greater public, promoting your works will not bring out anything new, just as in those whom are fraudulent cannot expect promotion (distraction) to bring out truth in their works that is not there. The truth cannot be hidden, denied, defeated, or obstructed. Neither so, can lies, deceit and deception become or be molded into truth. The one common rationale in both lies and the truth is that in due time, they both are exposed.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

5. A man cannot understand the perfection and imperfections of his chosen art if he cannot see the value in other arts. Following rules only permits development up to a certain point in technique. To advance further the student and artist must learn to seek other knowledge. It makes sense to study other arts as well as those of strategy. Whom has not learned something more about themselves by watching the activities of others? To learn the sword, study the guitar. To learn the fist, study commerce. To only study the sword will make you narrow minded and will keep you from growing outward.                                  

               –  Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

In study of the physical warrior arts, the fighting aspects, there are many whom become fixated on style or system as far as which one is the best, to thinking their chosen one of study is the best. Some are so good at a particular style or range of fighting that they do not want to study another for fear of not being the “best” or not being able to “look good” .  In training there are those whom do branch out in their studies, but when they encounter the way some else does things, if it is not done the way they learned elsewhere, then they feel it is incorrect. These mindsets and more are not only shallow and frivolous, but they are closed up and “in the box” so to speak. This type of individual could study for a lifetime, but because of their inner preconceived notions, attitudes, or mentalities, they will never be masters in any true sense of the word.  When one frees themselves from the limits and constraints of their own mind, they then can fully be open to learning, and become true masters of their craft.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

6. I can compare the way of the warrior to the way of the craftsman. To study the sword you study war, weapons and men. To study craftsmanship you study the project, tools, and men. You will succeed in either one depending on your attitude towards the “spirit of the thing”. There can be no let up in your study, regardless of the path you choose, even though you may have mastered a particular level. You must constantly search still for more understanding of your chosen art.  

 – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

To achieve mastery you must involve yourself in a complete and thorough study of your art. Within our organization, our “warrior society” we see being a warrior as a lifestyle and a way of being / living. Broken down to its smallest details we treat it as science. We experiment, we research, and we use trial and error. We are constantly in a state of study and self development and refinement. We are “martial scientists” as being students of combat.  We understand that the subject matter is vast, and that each subject studies is so vast that there is nothing more we cannot glean from an even closer look.  For us, learning never ends because part of being a warrior is being a scholar. That is all encompassing or holistic. More so than diligent study, is right mindfulness in study, or study with the right mentality and purpose. This will be the only way that the truth in things…..of anything in life really….. will open to you.  In not stepping forth with the correct mentality, very simple and obvious things will not be obvious to you. Have anterior motives of insincere purpose could your perception. That is the Way of the Universe” and how things work. This is how the Universe safeguards its self and its power. This leads into a whole differing and vast subject matter.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

7. A warrior is responsible for his own weapons just as a craftsman is responsible for his own tools. It is simply not possible to get good results without proper respect for one’s weapons. Time must be devoted to training, practicing, and maintaining one’s tools or weapons, however gifted a man one may be.    – Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Five Rings

The warrior cares for and cultivates his armament, weapons, and tools of his trade. It begins first and foremost with their body, for their body, fitness, and physicality are the root from which they are a combatant. Everything from disciplined eating, supplemental exercise, nourishment of the mind and spirit through education and relaxation and more. Next are the more overt things, like physical armament, weapons, and such. They maintain these things, keep them clean, invest in replacement or upgrading what they have, and keep their skills in their usage sharp. The warrior knows their life may depend on their equipment, so they maintain a high level of quality and functionality of all these things.

– Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

8. To learn technique is essential. However strategic thinking has its own principles and they can be applied to anything to do with war and combat.

 – Musashi Miyamoto, Book of Five Rings

8. B.  All weapons are warriors equipment and apart of strategy.  – Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings

8. C. Each weapon must be used in its proper place in order to be effective and enable the handler of the weapon to take advantage of its properties.      – Musashi Miyamoto, Book of Five Rings

8. D. In addition to physical weapons, consider the use of “empty hands” to be the the ultimate physical weapon. Now consider the use of “empty mind”.           – Musashi Miyamoto, Book of Five Rings

8. E. You must study with the idea in mind of being able to function with any weapon. If you study hard and understand the properties of all weapons, they may effectively be used in any situation.       – Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings

8. F. Keep in mind the weapons that are used in warfare.  As new weapons are developed they should be with the proper intent of the warrior, which is to master strategy.       – Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings

8.G. Consider the times you are living in and the weapons available to you. As times change and new weapons are made available to you, you must continue to study the nature of these weapons and learn to work with them.                                                                           – Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings

8. H. The weapon is a tool to be used efficiently and effectively; otherwise it will be of little value even in the hands of a master.

       – Musashi Miyamoto, The Book of Five Rings

Learning fighting techniques is essential. Over time one should understand the “ranges” of fighting and the different fighting “types”. Once one becomes proficient in all of these, fighting then becomes more about concepts and strategy or tactics. Knowing when to use what, as opposed to needing to know specific techniques. Once you get to this point, you learn strategy, and then, you will possess the ability to defeat any opponent, be it in the ring or the street. All you have to do is know “when” to do “what” with this ability. You them become a Master, for this here is the difference between those whom have reached mastery and those whom have not. Few reach true mastery because the average person lacks the patience to start from the beginning and work their way through with diligent study.  There is, and never will be shortcuts to mastery, because that is not the will or way of the Universe.           –  Universal Belief & Warrior Philosophy System

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