“Fall down 7 times, get up 8 times.” – Japanese Maxim

“If you allow the status quo to persist, you can’t expect to improve performance, and you can’t expect to win.” – Jocko Willink

“Mental bearing (calmness), not skill, is the sign of a matured samurai. A Samurai therefore should neither be pompous nor arrogant.”- Tsukahara Bokuden (1489-1571, founder of Kashima Shinto ryu)

“Courage, above all things, is the first quality of a warrior.” – Carl von Clausewitz

Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘You can not withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers back, ‘I am the storm.’ – Unknown

“Nothing is more harmful to the world than a martial art that is not effective in actual self-defense.” – Choki Motobu (founder of Motobu-ryu Kempo and notorious Okinawan Karate street-fighter)