Ongoing list of warrior quotes

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Here is a list of quotes and phrases that apply to our training, occasionally updated.


“Through the years I have combined meditation, action and the iron into a single strength.  I believe that when the body is strong the mind thinks strong thoughts.”  — Henry Rollins

“Discipline always trumps motivation. Discipline over motivation. ”  — Jim Wendler

“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.” ― Mark Rippetoe

Talk is cheap, the ER is expensive. – Dave Jones, Feb 2017

Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.

“I Choose

To live by choice, not by chance
To be motivated, not manipulated
To be useful, not used
To make changes, not excuses
To excel, not compete

I choose self-esteem, not self-pity
I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others

I choose to do the things that you won’t, so I can continue to do the things you can’t.”

It’s all fun and games until someone looses an eye.  Then it’s just fun.

Some people just need a high-five – to the face.

Some people just need a high-five.  In the head. With a chair.

If I call you Brother then you have earned my respect.

“There are only a few absolute rules in martial arts, but one of them – and it is inviolable – is that if a No Touch martial arts master invites you to punch his face, you punch his face.” — John Rentschler

How long does it take the average person to earn a black belt?  The average person does notearna black belt.

“Every zoo is a petting zoo if you’re not a little wimp about it.”

Sweat Dries, Blood Clots, Bones Heal Suck it up, Princess!

A black belt covers about 2 inches of your ass.  You have to cover the rest  — Royce Gracie

It is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.

If you build a man a fire you’ll keep him warm for the night.  If you light a man on fire you’ll keep him warm for the rest of his life.

Civilize the mind but make savage the body. – Chairman Mao

KISS: Keep It Simple & Savage

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

When in doubt…Tap them out.

When in doubt…Choke them out.

The beatings will continue until moral improves.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. -Winston Churchill

We do not rise to the level of our expectations. We fall to the level of our training. – Archilochus

I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me. – Archilochus

Japanese: Ichi go, ichi e. English: One encounter, one chance.

That which does not kill me makes me stronger. — Friedrich Nietzsche

A man with a Why can endure any How. -Friedrich Nietzsche

That which does not kill me, better run…

To seek safety, Go to the heart of danger.

Action Beats Reaction…

I will not quit when I am tired, I will quit when I am done.
Without Knowledge, Skill cannot be focused.
Without Skill, Strength cannot be brought to bear.
Without Strength, Knowledge may not be applied
– Alexander the Great’s Chief Physician

Act like a man of thought. Think like a man of action – Thomas Mann

The state that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting by fools. — Thucydides

The ones who come out on top are the ones who have been trained in the hardest school. — Thucydides

The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must. — Thucydides

Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage. — Thucydides

If you can’t explain something to a six-year-old, you really don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein

What makes information a powerful tool is that others don’t have it. – Anonymous

A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for. -W.C. Fields

Three failures denote uncommon strength. A weakling has not enough grit to fail thrice.  -Minna Thomas Antrim

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill

It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we must do what is required.  – Winston Churchill

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield. — JC Natalie

Sweat Now or Bleed Later

It only hurts until the pain goes away

If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck!

Never ask to see a “Bil Jee”

One Warrior, Any Weapon / One Warrior, Many Weapons

Don’t block with your face

Good guys (and gals) wear black

When Zen ends, the beatings begin

Sticks & stones can break your bones

It only hurts until the pain goes away

The best defense is a great offense


20 Levels, 5 Belts, 1 Warrior.

Fio Para Bellator — Be the Prepared Warrior

To seek safety, go to the heart of danger.

“Si vis pacem, para bellum- “If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”

“Don’t frisk me, I am the weapon.”

“Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it.”

“A black belt only covers two inches of your ass, you have to cover the rest.”  — Royce Gracie

If I call you Brother, you have earned my Respect.

From the Streets, For the Streets.

Slow is Smooth, Smooth Becomes Fast.

Slow is Fast Enough.