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Stop Lying

If you want to practice Jeet Kune Do...

STOP LYING.

Stop lying to others, but most importantly, stop lying to yourself.

We received a lot of great feedback and comments on our post yesterday poking fun at the community of martial arts influencers; specifically those who create an image of badassery in order to give themselves an aura of authenticity. It was a tongue in cheek bit for World Wellbeing Week, but it was also a commentary about mental health and lying to yourself.

One response we received said that it "wasn't very JKD of us" to critique this trend in the Combatives and self-defense community.

In an often shared interview, Bruce Lee once said,

“Honestly expressing yourself...it is very difficult to do. I mean it is easy for me to put on a show and be cocky and be flooded with a cocky feeling and then feel like pretty cool...or I can make all kind of phony things, you see what I mean, blinded by it or I can show you some really fancy movement. But to express oneself honestly, not lying to oneself...now that, my friend, is very hard to do.”

So, in actuality, it is the absolute core of Jeet Kune Do to talk about lies, facades, and the truth.

You cannot grow if you are following liars, and you are the biggest liar of them all.

The entire point of Jeet Kune Do is discovering the truth, both the truth in combat, and your own self nature.

Discovering the truth requires investigation and questioning. In Zen, you often hear this referred to as raising Great Doubt. It is a continuous process. It is work.

Instructors, influencers, and practitioners who masquerade behind a veneer of badassery will not help you find the truth in combat, and definitely not in yourself. If the skills someone teaches are legit, they speak for themselves, and you will see it in their movement and in that of their students, rather than in their alpha male marketing. Sometimes, that is the case. Sometimes these charismatic individuals want you to help them play a role, because if they can get you to play along, they can control you.

Basing your identity as a martial artist on a facade will also further remove you from learning the truth of you who are. Playacting like warriors or criminals on the weekends may make you feel tougher than you really are, but telling yourself you are a member of a wolf pack is a lie...unless you actually have four legs and fangs. When you go home and post on the Internet how you told the devil you are the storm while you were tending your garden as a warrior, take a hard look at yourself before you go back to your 9 to 5 white collar job. If you're putting a Punisher skull on your range bag...take a real hard look at yourself.

Be a martial artist. Be a fighter. Better yet, be a good father, husband, girlfriend, parent, child, wife...who just so happens to train in the martial arts and Combatives. Your friends, family, and neighbors need the honest you, not the facade.

BE YOURSELF.

Where in your martial arts experience have you encountered charismatic influencers and leaders whose image was based on a lie?

Where in your own life are you projecting a false front to be seen as more than you really are?

Take some time and really dig into what those facades and lies are, and what truths they're obscuring.

And my friend, if you are looking for a way of life and a group of people dedicated to understanding and expressing themselves honestly in life and in combat, go to www.marylandjeetkunedo.comtoday.

Oh, and if you have two wolves inside you...seek medical attention. Especially if it's lasted longer than four hours.


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