What is the ultimate measure of a martial artist/warrior? This is the question we as martial artists have to answer, over and over, throughout the life of our practice.

Soke Hatsumi has said the goal of Budo is to become “natural”, to “become fully human.” He has also said that the martial arts are the foundation to peace.

Martial arts and warriorship is also about DOING. We have to keep going to get anywhere. To this end the following may be a helpful exercise.

Every day

Be kind at least once

Do something brave

Train in your art, if even for just a few minutes


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