Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The 11 Mottoes of the Strength Athlete : Respect to Choi Baedal aka Mas Oyama


The Way of Strength begins and ends with courtesy. Therefore, be properly and genuinely courteous at all times.


Following the Way of Strength is like scaling a cliff – continue upwards without rest. It demands absolute and unfaltering devotion to the task at hand.


Strive to seize the initiative in all things, all the time guarding against actions stemming from selfish animosity or thoughtlessness.


Even for the Powerlifter, the place of money cannot be ignored. Yet one should be careful never to become attached to it.


The Way of Strength is centered in posture. Strive to maintain correct posture at all times.


The Way of Strength begins with one thousand days and is mastered after ten thousand days of training.


In the Strength Arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.


The nature and purpose of the Way of Strength is universal. All selfish desires should be roasted in the tempering fires of hard training.


The Strength Arts begin with a point and ends in a circle. Straight lines stem from this principle.


The true essence of the Way of Strength can only be realized through experience. Knowing this, learn never to fear its demands.


Always remember, in the Strength Arts, the rewards of a confident and grateful heart are truly abundant.

**** Reference to OMAYA MASUTATSU, founder of Kyokushin Karate. I obviously changed a few words to apply it to life and strength.  OSU!!

Some more of his lessons:

If you do not overcome your tendancy to give up easily, your life leads to nothing.

Reading good books implants good ideas in the mind, develops good aspirations, and leads to the cultivation of good friends.

In the martial arts, introspection begets wisdom. Always see contemplation on your actions as an opportunity to improve.

One living daily in The Way carries their head low and their eyes high; reserved in speech and possessing a kind heart, they steadfastly continue in their training efforts.

If someone asked me what a human being ought to devote the maximum of his life to, I would answer: training. Train more than you sleep.

No matter how strong the rival, the just will always win.

If you have confidence in your own words, aspirations, thoughts, and actions and do your very best, you will have no need to regret the outcome of what you do.

Human beings are capable of virtually limitless degradation; they are also capable of virtually limitless improvement and achievement. Success depends on goals and on diligence in pursuing them.

Behind each triumph are new peaks to be conquered

"Each of us has his cowardice. Each of us is afraid to lose, afraid to die. But hanging
back is the way to remain a coward for life. The Way to find courage is to seek it on
the field of conflict. And the sure way to victory is willingness to risk one's own life.