The Path of the Ronin

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“Seek not a Master…
Seek what the Masters sought.”

–Matsuo Basho (adapted)

Jiu-Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,
hasn’t shed all of its Japanese sensibility.
It may be one of the vestiges of the Samurai.

When it comes to Jiu-Jitsu
(or at least my brand of it),
I am not a Samurai.

I have had many teachers.
Each training partner,
each opponent has been my teacher
but I do not have ONE teacher.

I have to admit that I am very envious of those people
who find their teacher
their teacher that they can remain with
for their life as a Martial Artist.
They are modern day Samurai
and their teachers are Lords.

I am not a Samurai.
I am a Ronin…without 46 brothers.
I would love to find a “Lord”
to make me a “Samurai”…
but that isn’t the thing I’d love to find the most.

I’d love to find
(and I think I have)
a path that makes me into a teacher
where there is far less need for any more Ronin
and a new class of Samurai emerges
a new Bushido
where what works trumps any tradition.

I think Eddie Bravo has done a lot of the leg work on this…
but I think there is a distance still yet to be traveled
by other Ronin.

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