1. Ivan

    Chinese proverb

    He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived. - Chinese Proverb I was hoping someone could help me understand what the last part of the proverb means? Currently, I am halfway there. I am a big proponent for...
  2. Ivan

    The Philosophy Behind the Black Belt

    Today, after a BJJ class, my fourth ever so far, the main black belt gathered around all of the people who trained with me for a sort of group-talk session. You will find out why this is relevant in a minute, bear with me, as I first want to say that I believe the reason and the philosophy...
  3. TieXiongJi

    What the hell is Enlightenment!?

    I have been hunting for this elusive ENLIGHTENMENT since I heard the word when I was ~10 years old. I have studied philosophy (100's...). I have studied martial arts (at least 10 conflicting theories). I have studied science and engineering (focused on electrical, but never forgot that all...
  4. TieXiongJi

    The 5 Elements

    Metal means the strength contained in the bones and the muscles, the mind being firm like iron or stone, being able to cut gold and steel. Wood has the meaning of the bending but rooted posture of a tree. Water means force like the waves of the vast sea, lively like a dragon or a snake, when...
  5. Tong Chuang

    EMIN BOZTEPE opens up about his tough upbringing

    I came across this insightful video where Emin Boztepe opens up about his tough childhood and shares some of his philosophy on humankind and religion, and how martial arts helped him adapt.