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Martial Arts has been my passion for close to 50 years now and I have been blessed to have had the opportunity during this incredible journey to have traveled the world in search of the many truths and wisdom that have come to enrich my life. It is my desire to share these insights and experiences with others who have the same passion but at the same time, also to continue to remain as a student of life.
It is my humble intention to examine with open eyes an accurate account of the history and actions of our notable predecessors as well as a clear analysis of ourselves and our contemporaries with the ultimate intent of moving steadfastly toward an inspiring future. My famous teacher, the late Grand Master Peter Urban stated it wisely when he said: “Old knowledge bring serenity, new knowledge brings progress.”
It is my firm belief that if we ever come to the point that we think we have all the answers then we have crossed the threshold into self-delusion. Once we lose the ability to learn then we have begun moving away from life, toward death. So, I welcome all to join me here and share in the discussions openly and freely. It matters little whether we agree or not on every particular issue but more that we each respect the others right to form and express individual opinions.
A friend once told me that: “Opinions are like armpits; everyone has at least two and they can become pretty smelly…” With that said partially in jest, my real point is that we need to stay humble enough with each of our viewpoints to keep the discussion open and constructive yet still be willing to agree to even disagree at times.
I look forward to some very stimulating and inspiring interaction by those out in the MA world who either have something to ask, or something to add. Whether you are a non-martial artist with a curiosity, a novice seeking accurate information and insights, a seasoned practitioner, or a true Master with enormous experience; let’s keep it real and seek the truth as we share our love of Martial Arts.
“….AND THAT’S THE WAY I SEE IT!”®
Shihan Ric Pascetta