Why I Train in Martial Arts
by Cyrus Azoth Dreifuz
“Trade your blade for the staff.” Says the saint.
“It is best to defend yourself without killing your foes.”
– Ascetic Eremitic Proverb
As a martial artist and as a spiritual Christian the Sanatana Dhamra philosophy is a path which reconciles the often conflicting views of a warrior priest caste.
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Buddhist Monks are not allowed to kill others according to their laws and moral code of conduct. By using a staff rather than a sword as a means of self defense the chances of killing an opponent are dramatically lowered for the monk.
Legend of the Ten Tigers of Canton
“However, simply to be a good martial artist was not enough in the eyes of the public. A true master also had to embrace ethical values, like decency and integrity, in order to earn the respect of the people. The Ten Tigers of Canton, then, were the chosen few with both the physical prowess and impeccable reputation to gain the status of “legends”.”
Cyrus Azoth Dreifuz
Martial Arts Training Video 1
This video is a demonstration of my progress in martial art training so far with the basic routines and drills demonstrating the style known as Shito-Ryu Karate-Do. I have been attending a karate dojo for about 4 months now and I still have along way to go but I have already learned a great deal from my sensei regarding proper forms and discipline in a short period of time. I am still working on moves which are not displayed in this video. I want to start training within Judo and Jujitsu martial arts styles as well. I will also soon be making a video demonstrating sword and bo staff weapon forms which I have been training for about 6 years and I have competed in several foam sword duel style LARP games. I am currently ranked 8th kyu yellow belt in karate. Please stay tuned to keep up with my progress on this adventure and commitment towards the world of martial arts.
– Cyrus Azoth Dreifuz
When I was younger I grew up playing video games. Specificly martial arts fighting video games. I enjoyed competing with my friends and watching the characters move on the screen. I practiced memorizing the combos and special movements. These games inspired me to take on the martial arts for real later in my life. I used to tell myself that I will never be any good certainly not as good as the fictional heros who I admired and looked up to. I thought that I just wouldn’t be able to kick well or fight well. I used to believe that until I took my first step and actually tried doing martial arts. Now I can do many movements that I once thought I would never be able to perform. If you have a love and passion for something don’t give up on it because with enough devotion and hard work you can overcome many physical limitations your body once had. If you take that first step towards practicing martial arts and or yoga and commit to sticking with a disciplined routine you will begin to see very real results over time. But don’t take my word for it. Chose to take that first step today and shape yourself into what you want to become. – Cyrus Azoth Dreifuz
One day before training in the park my friend Alex Arriaza asked me,
“Why do you train in martial arts?”
“What is the reason I train in martial arts? What is my intent?” I have always had a very tribal, family, and home oriented type of personality and perspective. I show by example what it means to live up to a moral gentleman’s code of chivalry. I have to uphold and maintain my honor within the tribal community and society. Failure to uphold my honor would bring shame to me and my family. I have to prove my worthiness to others in my tribe and trade in order to survive within the cultural environment; I have to prove that my character is reliable enough to keep around the territory and show that I have something of value to contribute to the tribe as a whole. This is why I will go out of my way to volunteer at events which my friends are organizing together. I want to show them that I am willing to contribute in some way to the cause in more ways than just showing up to the party. I want to prove to others and myself that I am capable and that when the time comes to do work I will not just be another guy who sits around all the time doing nothing while wasting away into oblivion with atrophying muscle tissues and decaying tendons. I want to always be ready in any given situation to be able to defend my family, my tribe, and my friends. I don’t want to be caught off guard and unprepared. If my family is threatened or a friend who I love is in danger I want to be able to be trained and ready to defend them and myself in the most dire of life threatening situations. I want to be able to fight for the tribe and defend the tribe whenever the call is necessary.
In my life I have been on a quest to find the secrets to immortality and longevity. I want to remain youthful and alive as long as I can. I feel that the movements the body makes in physical martial arts training contributes to the body’s overall abilities in feats of strength and agility. I want to maintain a regular level of physical fitness and maintenance of my body in order to preserve my strength so that I may continue to move around easily and lightly even into my old age. I feel that physical endurance training is one of the secrets to longevity and a healthy, prosperous life. Health is wealth. Meditation, yoga, stretching, Tai Chi, Chi Gong, cardiovascular exercise with martial arts and dance like movements are an essential part of my weekly routine to continue living a physically, mentally, and spiritually fulfilling life. Along with physical training it is important for me to maintain a proper non processed organic food diet with plenty of protein along with a required multi vitamin supplement intake. All of these subjects mixed together with daily rest, spiritual discipline, and moral philosophical education will lead to mastering one’s own mind, body and soul.
I have also always had a passion for swords, staff, tokusatsu, anime, superhero comics, and martial arts action movies. As a child watching the power rangers I wanted to grow up to be like the heroes in the show. Tokusatsu is action hero martial arts and special effects cinema. Examples of a Tokusatsu would be Godzilla, Ultraman, Super Sentai, Power Rangers, Kamen Rider, Kikaider, Turbo Kid, Tron, etc…
Never go out of your way to hurt anyone and never force anyone to fight or do anything against their will. All martial arts training with another person must be done voluntarily. They are volunteering their time and body to you and they must agree to do physically demanding moves with you. Never use excessive force of violence or aggression when training with a partner. When we train together we are always holding back a significant amount of force and power so as not to seriously injure one another if contact is made. It is important to remember to only use the moves learned in martial arts to protect oneself or to protect another innocent person from an attacker in self defense and it is important to remember to never go out of your way looking to pick a fight with someone unnecessarily causing trouble for everyone involved. It is immoral to attack anyone without just reason or provocation. However it is moral to defend yourself or another from an attacker. It is important and it does matter who starts a fight. The one who starts a physical fight is the one who is in the wrong. The person who defends themselves is in the right even though they found themselves tangled in a fight or if they are accused of fighting.
It is in my blood to be a warrior. I hold back my warrior nature for the sake of peace and my ideals towards pacifism. Pacifism is a philosophy of non violence that I have been drawn to my entire life. This ideal was enforced even stronger after my spiritual initiation ceremonies with the sacred plant medicines. The plants told me how important it is to maintain peace and understanding in this world and to overcome conflicts, differences, and arguments in a non aggressive way with words and clear honest communication. The plant consciousness also told me how important equivalent exchange is. We are taking too much from the earth as a species without giving back to the earth. We have disrupted the balance with nature and nature will punish us for it. There are natural laws which must be followed within the universe otherwise we must face the consequences of our own selfish actions.
Not only am I a Martial Artist, I also consider myself a Martial Pacifist as well.
Writing has become my most rebellious art form for communicating culture and philosophy thru language and symbols. I will continue to write to express my ideas which I hope will inspire and shift the consciousness of others who read and will listen.
– Cyrus Azoth Dreifuz