The man commanded attention and the bare foot woman stood in stony silence.
“State your intention” he instructed.
When finished if you wish to continue, state that you are finished and ready and the grading will begin.
Do you understand?”
“HAI!” yelled the woman.
“Good” said the instructor.
“You may begin.”
“Hey good luck!!” said the man.
“Yeah…go kick his butt!! You know he wants it!!” said the other.
“What I’m waiting for is the Sensei showdown….good luck with that one kid…”
The woman felt her body flush with sickness knowing what was coming in the next 12 rounds.
This grading session would be intense and she knew she had to keep her wits about her.
“You know we aren’t going to hold back on you kid….” said one of the others.
“But don’t take it personally huh? We’ve all gone through it at one stage or another, and if you want this, then it’s just part of how the system works.You are going to get your ass kicked. You will end up black and blue and bloodied and bruised. But I want you to know. It doesn't last....ok? Do you hear me kid? Click To Tweet
It’s 12 roundss of hell, sure.
But it’s only 12 rounds. Those 12 rounds will end at some stage or another, and all you need to do is make sure that when it does end that you are still up there standing.
Hold yourself with dignity and respect.
No matter what we do to you.
No matter how much you get hurt or we bang you up…. the one thing we can’t get out of you is your dignity and self worth, that can only be given up by you.
If we have you by the hair, dragging you on the ground….don’t give us your dignity.If you drop a tooth....if we break your nose....don't give us your dignity too. We can break your body, but only you can allow us to break your soul. Click To Tweet
Hold on kid.
On.Be the best you can under the situation you are in. Stand for the principles of the way, and don't relent. We love you. Click To Tweet
But this is going to hurt like hell.
Remember you gotta hold on.
Whatever you do kid…..
give up.You make damned sure that when this grading is done and over, and you are messed up and hurtin like hell, you look every single one of us in the eyes.....don't you bow your head no matter how badly you feel you've done. Click To Tweet
Hold that dignity like a beacon in the light.
You’ve got this.
The woman looked at the instructor and the clock began.
“My intention is to open a dojo” stated the woman.
“And I stand before you today to be graded for my teacher instruction.”
“My school will specialise in the way of the warrior as stated by Miyamoto Musashi .
It is said the warrior’s is the twofold Way of pen and sword, and he should have a taste for both Ways. Even if a man has no natural ability he can be a warrior by sticking assiduously to both divisions of the Way.
I stand before you today as I have studied assiduously to find the way and am now ready to progress to the level of Sensei.
My school will specialise and stand for the following principles:
and education so students can “Find The Way.”
I acknowledge the teachers seated are grading me over the coming 12 rounds on the following:
I will be judged also on:
Holding The Long Sword
Using both swords
And also the Five Attitudes:
Upper, Middle, Lower, Right Side, Left Side
I understand as part of my grading:
I will need to do 12 rounds with experts of:
The Long and Short Swords
And I will also be judged on my abilities to be able to fend for myself and hold off an attack of 4 different masters at a time, including my own Sensei for all 12 rounds.
This is my intention and I am ready to begin.