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Article by GM Art Gitlin
« on: October 01, 2009, 07:44:51 PM »
Here is an article written by GM Gitlin giving his thoughts on what it means to be a warrior.......

Path to warriorhood is difficult to tread
SiGung Art Gitlin
Martial Arts Professor and
Grandmaster of Haak Lung Chuan
EDITOR?S NOTE: The following is written by SiGung Art Gitlin, a worldrenowned
martial arts teacher and the World Martial Arts Federation?s U.S.
representative in Chinese boxing.

What place does a true warrior have in todays world ? After all, the wars
of today are fought at long range, by very technical means.
A warriors skills are no longer an important factor. A 90-pound weakling armed with a LAWS or RPG
(explosive projectile) weapon can whip a big 230-pound fighter, who is armed with the finest blade of
pure blessed steel. That 90-pounder doesn?t even need to see his opponent...he merely needs to know
where he is hiding and, boom, the end. Even with many years of the best training and many more years
of experience, that big ol fighter has very little chance to live through this fight. Explosives beat even
the best technique, almost every time. It is pretty clear that fully trained, true warriors are not needed to
fight today's wars and defend their countries.
So again, I ask why a warrior ? First let's try to put together a little information on what a warrior is. I
have tried for many years to find a succinct way to define warrior, with little success. I have, however,
developed a few thoughts to describe some of the aspects of a warrior.
A warrior is one who can fight with great skill but is not a fighter. Given a choice, a warrior will
always choose peace, because he does understand war.
A warrior is one who can kill but is surely not a killer. Given a choice, a warrior will always choose
life over death.
A warrior is one who can heal but is not a healer.
A warrior is one who can see that which is there to see but is not a seer.
A warrior is a lifelong student of everything that crosses his path , without limits on curiosity and desire
to learn.
A warrior accepts no personal limits imposed from the outside.
A warrior lives within the society, but is not confined by, nor bound to, its rules and mores when those
conventions prevent his doing what is right.
A warrior is one who knows what he is and is content but is not satisfied. He has a will to grow.
A warrior does not act out of fear of his own death, but he does not ignore his fear nor does he reject it.
A true warrior never seeks death as a course of action but is not deterred by the fear of death.
A warrior is one who will always strive for perfection with the clear understanding that perfection is
forever denied to mankind.
A warrior is a person who is more today than yesterday, will be more tomorrow than today.
The warrior allows for personal failures without need for beating one s self up. The warrior also allows
for success without the need for over-puffed ego.
Warriorhood is an ideal. A state of being that we strive to reach. We strive in many ways. We train. We
practice. We learn. We work. We live. We explore. We grow. We test ourselves. We press against every
limit we know of and seek out the personal limits we didn't know of before. We push the boundaries
imposed on us from outside or from within. We live honorable lives.
Even when taken all together, this may seem vague and unclear. I am not sure that is possible to define
the concept of a warrior more precisely than that. It is, at the lease, the best I can do.
To understand why one might be willing to pay the price to be a warrior in this day and age, one mist
see and understand some of the truth about the society we live in. This society makes heroes of the rich
without regard for how they got that way.
We pay lip service to the war on drugs over several drinks at the local bar. We shake our heads in
wonder at why our country is growing weaker in spirit and ability?while we cheat and lie our way
through each school  or work  or play-filled day.
We pay our sports heroes huge amounts and allow inner city school districts to go broke. We reject
honor, as a code of conduct, and mock duty, as being for fools. We let our children grow up under the
care and tutelage of the TV screen, instead of the watchful eye of loving parents.
Oh, we have all heard the experts expound on the many reasons why these things are happening today.
All good and sound excuses. The simple fact remains that we each have a choice to make  to live under
the conditions this society offers, or to set conditions of our own.
We, the martial artists in training, choose to set conditions of our own. We choose to strive for
warriorhood. We come together to become martial artists. We sweat together. We practice together. We
grow together. We challenge and test ourselves. We strive to step up from the crowd by choice. We
reject the norms set by the society at large and reach for standards we set for ourselves.
The real question for us was never  Why a warrior ? It was never hard to see the truth of what we seek
on this honorable path. The real question is "Why do we see so few others on this path with us ".
Because this path is the hard way. To follow this path requires a very strong act of will. It requires one
to develop a set of values so much higher than the norm that they seem almost silly to the general public.
It is true today, just as it has been true all through history, that warriorhood is not for the many. Always
it has been the select few who hold high the warrior?s banner. Perhaps that is as it should be. If it was
easy, then anyone could do it
Train hard practice much, grow each day. Seek that warrior who lives deep in your heart and set him
free.
For in the warrior's freedom is your own.
« Last Edit: October 01, 2009, 07:51:26 PM by Sifu Sin Bin »
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Re: Article by GM Art Gitlin
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2009, 05:38:36 AM »
ttotally agree,  i dont think this could have been said better!
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Re: Article by GM Art Gitlin
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2009, 04:38:17 AM »
Here is an article written by GM Gitlin giving his thoughts on what it means to be a warrior.......

Path to warriorhood is difficult to tread
SiGung Art Gitlin
Martial Arts Professor and
Grandmaster of Haak Lung Chuan
EDITOR?S NOTE: The following is written by SiGung Art Gitlin, a worldrenowned
martial arts teacher and the World Martial Arts Federation?s U.S.
representative in Chinese boxing.

What place does a true warrior have in todays world ? After all, the wars
of today are fought at long range, by very technical means.
A warriors skills are no longer an important factor. A 90-pound weakling armed with a LAWS or RPG
(explosive projectile) weapon can whip a big 230-pound fighter, who is armed with the finest blade of
pure blessed steel. That 90-pounder doesn?t even need to see his opponent...he merely needs to know
where he is hiding and, boom, the end. Even with many years of the best training and many more years
of experience, that big ol fighter has very little chance to live through this fight. Explosives beat even
the best technique, almost every time. It is pretty clear that fully trained, true warriors are not needed to
fight today's wars and defend their countries.
So again, I ask why a warrior ? First let's try to put together a little information on what a warrior is. I
have tried for many years to find a succinct way to define warrior, with little success. I have, however,
developed a few thoughts to describe some of the aspects of a warrior.
A warrior is one who can fight with great skill but is not a fighter. Given a choice, a warrior will
always choose peace, because he does understand war.
A warrior is one who can kill but is surely not a killer. Given a choice, a warrior will always choose
life over death.
A warrior is one who can heal but is not a healer.
A warrior is one who can see that which is there to see but is not a seer.
A warrior is a lifelong student of everything that crosses his path , without limits on curiosity and desire
to learn.
A warrior accepts no personal limits imposed from the outside.
A warrior lives within the society, but is not confined by, nor bound to, its rules and mores when those
conventions prevent his doing what is right.
A warrior is one who knows what he is and is content but is not satisfied. He has a will to grow.
A warrior does not act out of fear of his own death, but he does not ignore his fear nor does he reject it.
A true warrior never seeks death as a course of action but is not deterred by the fear of death.
A warrior is one who will always strive for perfection with the clear understanding that perfection is
forever denied to mankind.
A warrior is a person who is more today than yesterday, will be more tomorrow than today.
The warrior allows for personal failures without need for beating one s self up. The warrior also allows
for success without the need for over-puffed ego.
Warriorhood is an ideal. A state of being that we strive to reach. We strive in many ways. We train. We
practice. We learn. We work. We live. We explore. We grow. We test ourselves. We press against every
limit we know of and seek out the personal limits we didn't know of before. We push the boundaries
imposed on us from outside or from within. We live honorable lives.
Even when taken all together, this may seem vague and unclear. I am not sure that is possible to define
the concept of a warrior more precisely than that. It is, at the lease, the best I can do.
To understand why one might be willing to pay the price to be a warrior in this day and age, one mist
see and understand some of the truth about the society we live in. This society makes heroes of the rich
without regard for how they got that way.
We pay lip service to the war on drugs over several drinks at the local bar. We shake our heads in
wonder at why our country is growing weaker in spirit and ability?while we cheat and lie our way
through each school  or work  or play-filled day.
We pay our sports heroes huge amounts and allow inner city school districts to go broke. We reject
honor, as a code of conduct, and mock duty, as being for fools. We let our children grow up under the
care and tutelage of the TV screen, instead of the watchful eye of loving parents.
Oh, we have all heard the experts expound on the many reasons why these things are happening today.
All good and sound excuses. The simple fact remains that we each have a choice to make  to live under
the conditions this society offers, or to set conditions of our own.
We, the martial artists in training, choose to set conditions of our own. We choose to strive for
warriorhood. We come together to become martial artists. We sweat together. We practice together. We
grow together. We challenge and test ourselves. We strive to step up from the crowd by choice. We
reject the norms set by the society at large and reach for standards we set for ourselves.
The real question for us was never  Why a warrior ? It was never hard to see the truth of what we seek
on this honorable path. The real question is "Why do we see so few others on this path with us ".
Because this path is the hard way. To follow this path requires a very strong act of will. It requires one
to develop a set of values so much higher than the norm that they seem almost silly to the general public.
It is true today, just as it has been true all through history, that warriorhood is not for the many. Always
it has been the select few who hold high the warrior?s banner. Perhaps that is as it should be. If it was
easy, then anyone could do it
Train hard practice much, grow each day. Seek that warrior who lives deep in your heart and set him
free.
For in the warrior's freedom is your own.
Art,,, a great man and the true warrior,,for he has touched many and shared his knowledge,  He will be missed..
GM Alan M. Reyes
SGM Alan M. Reyes
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GrandMaster KSDI(1999)
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60Yrs.ContinuousTraining KSDI/ReyesKenpoKarate(2014)
FirstGenerationStudent/Successor-GGM Aleju C. Reyes-RKK CA(1959)
FirstGenerationStudent-GGM Sijo Adriano D. Emperado-Palama Settlement Hi(1954)

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Re: Article by GM Art Gitlin
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2009, 01:18:17 PM »
sigung Rob, thank you for posting the article.

I read this article to my Thursdays night class, and you could hear a pin drop though the whole thing, it hit home to all,
several students asked for a copy after class.
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