I'm not interested in fame, popularity or making it into some book. I'm interested only in the journey of my chosen martial art and pushing my own physical and mental performance while diving into the furthest depths of Kali. One must walk his own path and not become confused by another's path as being his own. Goals work in the same manner. Many men set goals they've picked up from another later resulting in confusing, feeling lost and overall quitting.
The only way to prevent falling from your own path is to reflect on your purpose. What are you truly training for? Why is that purpose important? What makes the purpose important? How are you going to commit yourself to the self discipline necessary to reach the accomplishments you seek to obtain? Remain an open mind for evolution to take it's natural course during the process over years and decades.
Training should never be about entitlement. I've been authorized by some and certified by others as well as stripped from these ranks and titles. The entitlements offer no skills in themselves, but I must say, the stripping of and renouncing of them surely does have its liberations. Their words and papers have never had anything to do with the skill I obtained. Knowledge is knowledge, skill is skill. Even their lessons are nothing without my own physical focus, effort and persistence. I believe in acknowledging the source of knowledge and lessons, but never forget to give credit to oneself for the discipline of hard hours in training. The fools who chase entitlements have already quit on themselves and their art far before they receive such award. If one chases the entitlement, they will only do the minimal requirement necessary to obtain it. The path of least resistance is one of nature's principles. In the case of martial arts, one who seeks titles has already quit before ever truly beginning simply by setting sights on a specific tangible end.
Motivation comes from training. It comes from the appetite of seeking further exploration. The excitement of waking up to a new day of possibilities is the inspiration. What will be discovered, proven and disproven today?
Never teach martial arts to boost your ego or to show some kind of authority or superiorness. The only reasons to teach are to obtain higher knowledge and skills for yourself and to assist students in achieving their personal goals.
A martial arts teacher knows the importance of his/her fitness and must maintain their athleticism. Coordination, agility and flexibility are the primary attributes. Other attributes that demand high performance are strength, endurance and mental toughness.
Train in nature. Nature is the ultimate dojo. It is never predictable as nature is ever changing. Train in the humidity and heat, cold, hot sun, rain, snow, wind, sand, dirt, tall grass, lakes, creeks, rivers and oceans. Nature will provide many answers a human teacher could not. Especially questions regarding yourself.
Train all aspects of your martial art. With Kali this is weapons, empty hands, kicks, grappling and multiple opponents. Train your strategy, tactics and techniques on grass, sand and gravel, even takedowns. The less time you spend on the luxury of mats the more you will understand your techniques and counter techniques.
Dedicate time to training the mind as you do with training the body. Dig deep into your own mind to face the deepest pains as well as pleasures. Anger is an enemy of the self to confront, however, an even more dangerous enemy is lust. Reflect on injury and death as well as loneliness and destruction of your own life. Face the secrets you've buried with intention to never face again.
Training martial arts for me is to find my core truth. Every time I think I've unraveled this mystery I learn there is another layer of the onion and I'm even further away from my own true potential. Truth is the highest of virtues. A martial artist must be truthful with himself before integrity is reality. It is easy to throw around words of virtue, but without truth there are no other virtues.
Teaching is a form of study. Don't ask permission, just teach. Teach to learn, explore and discover. When one separates himself from student into teacher he has already done an injustice to his own students, present and future.
The only destination for me is death for I know it's coming. The prize is the exploration, therefore, explore the journey daily. I am no master, nor will I ever be. Perhaps the day I die I will have reached my level of mastery as that would have been my highest level of potential achieved.
Always keep training no matter what. Have no excuses.