One of the outstanding characteristics of the warrior is a very noticeable sense of calm and inner peace. The warrior has found a way to overcome fear, doubt, hesitation and insecurity. Warriors accomplish this by learning discipline and self-control, and seeing the beauty in being able to execute excellent techniques forged from years of training and striving to do the best one can at all times.
Warriors have no ego. They do not consider themselves better than others, because their sole opponent on a daily basis is themselves. Whatever they do today, they strive to do it better than they did it yesterday. It is said that perfection is impossible to attain, but the struggle to attain it is what makes us better.
Bruce Lee once said: “The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.” This is truly what a warrior seeks, to know himself inside and out, to recognize his limitations and to function to the best of his abilities within those limitations. The warrior sees each new day as an opportunity to learn something new, or to take something already known and improve it. Warriors are not afraid or embarrassed to learn from anyone, even if it means starting over at the bottom of the mountain again. They know that eventually they will wind up on the top of that mountain as well.
A warrior is the living personification of Gichin Funakoshi’s statement: “The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants.” And the martial arts can be karate or Taekwondo or judo or any traditional martial art that stresses the development of a complete martial artist.