October 1999

Volume 1 Issue 11

      Well, I believe that the system is going to go back to somewhat of a normality again!

Rectitude
(Righteousness:  Man's Path)

The power of deciding upon a certain course of conduct in accordance with reason, without wavering;  To die when it is right to die, to strike when it is right to strike.  Rectitude is the bone that gives firmness and stature.  But, rectitude carried to excess hardens into stiffness.

From apx. 12 century Japan

In your training thus far, some of you have been introduced to three levels of focus.  Irregardless of the level, the following applies:

"A habit of diffusing the attention over a wider area helps the fighter to see
openings more quickly or movements of intent more accurately."                                         

Point of Strategy
Always attempt to:



# Maintain Maai
# Control your opponents weapons
# Utilize mental and physical half-stepping
# Perform all of the above at the same time

  Philosophy

"We shall not cease from exploration, and at the end of all our exploring, we shall arrive where we started.  The result being, that we will finally understand our beginnings."

IT IS WRITTEN:

"If your hand goes forth, withhold your temper;  if your temper goes forth, withhold your hand."

This  Issue...

1.  Philosophical thoughts             4.  Congratulations
2.   Point of Strategy
3.  Historical Perspectives