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Life, Parkour, and the Soul of the Warrior

Why am I the way I am? Why do I devote hours of time and energy to movement? Why do I strive to learn an ancient art of weaponry and defense? Why is it that whenever I read about ancient times I feel as though I've been born in the wrong century?
I believe that it is natural to be the way I am. Others may not agree, but I think that this feeling is within all of us, to a certain degree. I believe that in order to truly live and face fear, anger, loneliness, confusion, and grief, one must have the soul of a warrior, physically, mentally and spiritually . Unfortunately, the life of a warrior is hard. It is not a path that a person can walk alone. We must each have a group of chosen family, a group of brothers and sisters that we can rely on. to help us in our times of need. In ancient times, this mindset was applied to every aspect of life. In modern times, we have lost sight of this, and struggle through life, trying desperately to create a meaningful existence on our own. While this is not impossible, it leads to a life filled with doubt and discontentment. However, if life is lived alongside others who truly care, and who also have souls of warriors, your life and the lives of those around you will be filled with purpose, wisdom, calmness and contentment in the face of adversity.
This is why I do the things I do. I strive on to find more of my chosen family. I may find that in another traceur/traceuse, I may find them in my ninjutsu Uke, and I may find them in the person sitting next to me in class, but wherever I find you, my chosen family, I hope that you find joy in your journey, as I have in mine. Though it is not easy by any means, being viewed by western culture and it's decided upon ideals as strange, different, and seemingly backward. Yet, though the journey may be challenging at times, the reward far outweighs the temporary pain...

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Comment by Philosofist on December 27, 2008 at 7:57am
Just after reading that I would love to train with you some time, our philosophies are very similiar. This I would say, relates to “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” I find joy with my fellow Tracuers and Tracuesses just as much I find joy in tracing itself.
Comment by Nick Romero on December 20, 2008 at 8:53am
For Freedom!
Comment by orem on December 19, 2008 at 11:05pm
well written

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