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Black Belts Must Dare


Black Belts Must Dare

Here is a few excerpts from Grandmaster Lee’s writing “Straight Talk”. ENJOY!

The mighty oak of the future must first survive as a tiny acorn; the mighty eagle waits in the egg; and in your highest vision of your soul a waking mighty Black Belt Master now stirs.

Your fears in this life, my friend, must never hold you back from pursuing your hopes. Hope must always be stronger than fear. It’s the very basis of being a black belt. There has been a calculated risk in every stage of American development – pioneers who were unafraid of the wilderness, scientists who were unafraid of the truth, businessmen who were unafraid of failure, dreamers who were unafraid of action and World Kung-Fu Champions that were unafraid of really trying to win. It’s black belt thinking and you must have it within you to be a Master in this system.

The moment as a black belt you commit and quit holding back, you will see that all sorts of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance will rise up to help you. The simple black belt act of total commitment you will find is a powerful magnet for help.

To me people, to get profit without risk, tournament experience without some danger, and a black belt without work, is as truly impossible as it is to live without being born.

I think humanity is divided into three classes: those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move! My black belts are movers. Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they’re yours. Remember as one of my black belts that others can stop you temporarily, but only you can do it permanently.

You have to think anyway, so why not as black belts think big? You can’t leave footprints in the sand of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave butt prints in the sands of time?

Let us go now, as great black belts and wake up our luck. Great black belts don’t just stand there and bunt in life; they hit hard and aim out of the ballpark. The master knows there is no real security on this whole earth. There’s only opportunity.

My black belts don’t go into something to test the waters. They go in to make waves. You are one of a kind; therefore, no one can really predict to what heights you might soar. Even you, my friend, will not know until you spread your wings both in the subject of Bok-Fu-Do and in life. If I see you risk nothing, to me you really risk everything. You can’t really fall off the bottom, you know.

My black belts know that the future is never a gift – it will always be an achievement.”

Great job this morning everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning at 9:00 am in Alamo so we can continue our BFF workout!

1 Response

  1. Laura Moore

    WINNING vs SUCCESS Too much emphasis is placed on winning as a measure of success. True success is overcoming adversity and performing to the best of your ability. There will always be someone who is better than you. That doesn’t mean you wont win, but most likely, you won’t win every time. In sports, success should be measured in progress and effort. You may come up short on the scoreboard, but you are not a failure. A failure is someone who gives up, or gives less than his or her best effort. Remember: Babe Ruth—who held the record for home runs—also held the record for striking out. At one time, Michael Jordan was considered not good enough to play on his school’s team. Chuck Norris failed his first black belt test. Abraham Lincoln, one of our greatest presidents, lost more elections than he won. The one consistent factor with all of these guys is that they kept trying. Nobody considers them “losers.” The first tenet of martial arts is “perseverance.” Perseverance is vital to achievement.