A Day’s Lesson [9/14/2010] : Coach Joyce
“When I envision a proper martial artist, behold! I see a Jedi warrior, someone who not only has discipline enough to stay the course of rigorous physical training but also [and not emphasized enough] the understanding that “The Force” (Chi, Qi, Ki) flows; as Master Yoda said, ‘Its energy surrounds us, and binds us.’ We should take a serious look into what energy we are fueling ourselves with these days.
In a very serious way, we ARE what we eat, and this should seriously concern us. After recently becoming vegetarian (90-95% at least) you should see the looks I get when I tell people my new, (healthy) lifestyle. You would think that I had said or done something horrible. They turn away and say something like, ‘I don’t know how you do it’ or ‘I could never do that.’ They (the ‘Norms’) go around eating what they want, playing the slave to their taste buds, to those pleasure centers in their brain, and worse off… they are reenforced by a society that tells them that they are F.I.N.E.,… as if eating in this ‘normal way’ IS fine.
Many Americans (that I’ve witnessed) take pride in being different. Just the other night at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), Lady Gaga walked out on stage in a dress made entirely of animal flesh. Whether she was trying to make a statement or not, she did make headlines. In many teenager’s minds ‘different’ is ‘creative.’ It IS if you’re already famous enough that people go along with it. Many health conscious people can show you another way to be ‘different’… examples: turn your back on fast food establishments, nicotine, alcohol, meat… or maybe the entire lot!
Yoda also said that ‘We must unlearn what we have learned,’ and I think this is an important step for the true martial artist, someone who sees beyond what he can do (i.e. how much he/she can bench press) but moreso, what he/she is made of. We all know (at least we should know) that energy, not protein and animal fat, powers our physical body and helps us to grow. My message is to seek a Jedi’s nutition by exercising control (meats, refined sugars, saturated fats & portion size). Going green should not just be a recycling movement… it should be a shift in our thinking. Yoda is green for a reason (and he lived to be 900 years old).”
Coach Michael Joyce
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