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    Question Favorite Belt Saying/Pledge

    While some of the belt sayings & pledges in Kenpo are philosophical as well as tactical, which one is your favorite & why? (or your top 3, if you cannot choose just one)

    Plus, do you think that the sayings/pledges are just ideas or do you try to actually follow them in your daily life?

    They don't have to be from EPAK (Ed Parker's American Kenpo); anyone from any type of Ken/mpo is welcome to chime in with their favorite saying/pledge from their system as well.

    Please keep it polite, folks. Thanks!

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    Green Belt Pledge
    I pledge a continued effort to sharpen my skills, to increase my knowledge, and to broaden my horizons. I shall obligate myself under the direction of my instructor to learn the skills of a teacher, which will enable me to teach my skills in the prescribed manner outlined within our Kenpo system.
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    All of the belt pledges that I've learned so far are good, especially because they seem to be specifically written for that particular phase of the training.

    My top three favorite belt sayings:

    1) Whatever the attitude, so the response. (Because it reminds me of "do unto others...")

    2) One becomes great when he comes to the realization that what he knows is very little. (Because it reminds me that there is always more to learn)

    3) To desire something does not mean to accomplish it; to perspire for it makes accomplishment a reality. (Because it reminds me that I have to work for the things I want)

    I try to follow the sayings & pledges in my daily life - on some days I do great, & on other days I don't. However, I keep trying...& to me, that's the point.

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    RUST NEVER SLEEPS...

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    Default Re: Favorite Belt Saying/Pledge

    Quote Originally Posted by Gin-Gin2
    1) Whatever the attitude, so the response. (Because it reminds me of "do unto others...")
    Hey Gin-Gin2,

    I don't know if you knew the end of the "do unto others..." quote. The actual quote is from Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you." When you read the full quote one can see that it means something completely different than "Whatever the attitude, so the response."

    Just an FYI. Hope you have a great day!

    Joseph

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    Quote Originally Posted by karateminister
    Hey Gin-Gin2,

    I don't know if you knew the end of the "do unto others..." quote. The actual quote is from Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you." When you read the full quote one can see that it means something completely different than "Whatever the attitude, so the response."

    Just an FYI. Hope you have a great day!

    Joseph
    Good point, karateminister. I guess I should have thought about the entire quote first. Anyway, those are still my top 3 favorite belt sayings.
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    I have always liked the purple belt pledge:

    I hold the art of Kenpo sacred and freely take upon myself the obligation and responsibility that I shall never misuse my skill to hurt or make afraid. I shall fight only if forced to defend myself and shall be slow to anger, loath to take offense, quick to forgive, and to forget personal affront.



    The last part.... '...slow to anger...' sounds something similar to a verse in the bible or is that just me? I'm not all that familiar with the bible so.... I dunno.
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    Are these belt sayings/pledges mainly required in schools with an affiliation to I.K.K.A or another? I never had to learn them coming up thru the ranks......just curious. Thanks!

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    They are required in the IKKO
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    In the brightest day, in the blackest night,
    No evil will escape my sight.
    Let those who worship evil's might,
    Beware my power, Green Lant...

    What? Just Kenpo pledges?
    Oh, OK.

    Never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    RUST NEVER SLEEPS...
    I've been meaning to ask you about this, Pete. It sounds cool, but what does it mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Strasbaugh
    In the brightest day, in the blackest night,
    No evil will escape my sight.
    Let those who worship evil's might,
    Beware my power, Green Lant...

    What? Just Kenpo pledges?
    Oh, OK.

    Never mind.
    Pete submitted one that wasn't from Kenpo, so I guess it's ok if you submit a non-Kenpo one too.
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    Default Re: Favorite Belt Saying/Pledge

    "Rust never Sleeps" is a album by Neil Young. Decay is always moving forward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Strausbaugh
    In the brightest day, in the blackest night,
    No evil will escape my sight.
    Let those who worship evil's might,
    Beware my power, Green Lant...

    What? Just Kenpo pledges?
    Oh, OK.

    Never mind.
    Okay...Hal Jordon? Alan Scott?, Guy Gardner?, Kyle Radner?, John Stewart? personally I like Hal Jordon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin-Gin2
    I've been meaning to ask you about this, Pete. It sounds cool, but what does it mean?
    Quote Originally Posted by The Kai
    "Rust never Sleeps" is a album by Neil Young. Decay is always moving forward
    here's the full lyrics.
    Hey hey, my my
    Rock and roll can never die
    There's more to the picture than meets the eye.
    Hey hey, my my.

    Out of the blue and into the black
    You pay for this, but they give you that
    And once you're gone, you can't come back
    When you're out of the blue and into the black.

    The king is gone but he's not forgotten
    Is this the story of Johnny Rotten?
    It's better to burn out 'cause rust never sleeps
    The king is gone but he's not forgotten.

    Hey hey, my my

    Rock and roll can never die
    There's more to the picture
    Than meets the eye
    .




    this works on so many levels, one being in relation to kenpo.

    rust never sleeps. Sit idle and you rust. Your skills will deteriorate 24/7. you have a responsibility to keep your own training vital, not just go through the motions. Better to burn-out. We all go through a burnout phase in training, how do you deal with it? You can Burn or Rust. Burning is active, full of fire and heat. Kenpo Burn-out may lead to other forms of training and open other doors in your life. Rust leads nowhere, itís a downward spiral dead end.

    how would you relate these to kenpo:
    . more to the picture than meets the eye (hint, look at your forms)
    . out of the blue into the black (hint blue=mats, black=pavement)
    . you pay for this but they give you that (hint: mcdojo)
    . the king is gone but he's not forgotten (hint: elvis or ed parker?)
    . is this the story of johnny rotten (hint: who really matters in kenpo?)

    just think of me as one you'd never figure....

    pete




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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter
    Okay...Hal Jordon? Alan Scott?, Guy Gardner?, Kyle Radner?, John Stewart? personally I like Hal Jordon
    Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern.
    I did like it when Alan Scott whupped up on Guy Gardner, though. Guess it's an "old man" thing.

    Sorry to stray off-topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete
    This works on so many levels, one being in relation to kenpo.

    rust never sleeps. Sit idle and you rust. Your skills will deteriorate 24/7. you have a responsibility to keep your own training vital, not just go through the motions. Better to burn-out. We all go through a burnout phase in training, how do you deal with it? You can Burn or Rust. Burning is active, full of fire and heat. Kenpo Burn-out may lead to other forms of training and open other doors in your life. Rust leads nowhere, itís a downward spiral dead end.

    how would you relate these to kenpo:
    . more to the picture than meets the eye (hint, look at your forms)
    . out of the blue into the black (hint blue=mats, black=pavement)
    . you pay for this but they give you that (hint: mcdojo)
    . the king is gone but he's not forgotten (hint: elvis or ed parker?)
    . is this the story of johnny rotten (hint: who really matters in kenpo?)

    just think of me as one you'd never figure....

    pete
    Wow! I've never heard that one. I'll think about those & try to find the album. Is the song also called "Rust Never Sleeps"?

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    I have to say without a doubt that my favorite is "He who hesitates meditates in a horizonal position." Every time we go through sayings there is always some urge by someone to chuckle at this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waya X Adisi
    I have to say without a doubt that my favorite is "He who hesitates meditates in a horizonal position." Every time we go through sayings there is always some urge by someone to chuckle at this one.
    I've noticed that the ones that chuckle are usually the ones that have been knocked on their keisters.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Any of the newer members want to post their faves?
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    It still works. It's more akin to: As you give, so shall you receive. The big picture is still the same. If you give a bad attitude to others, the response you get from them is likely to be the same. People usually get the response they expect, which is usually what they put out.

    Quote Originally Posted by karateminister
    Hey Gin-Gin2,

    I don't know if you knew the end of the "do unto others..." quote. The actual quote is from Luke 6:31 "Do to others as you would have them do to you." When you read the full quote one can see that it means something completely different than "Whatever the attitude, so the response."

    Just an FYI. Hope you have a great day!

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