Why Warriorsworlddad

Why Warriorsworlddad ?

Warrirosworlddad is the name of my website. The name came to me quite easily as it contains the working title of a book I am working on. But the title of the book was also chosen because of my outlook on life as a Father, a Husband and a Person. It goes all the way back to First Grade and Sister Jane Ann, I.H.M.  She was the first person to teach me about the Church and its three components: the Church Triumphant, the Church Suffering and the Church Militant.

For those who have not heard of these terms before, the Church Triumphant consists of all those persons who have died and are now in heaven. The Church Suffering consists of all persons who have died and are now undergoing final purification in Purgatory prior to attaining Heaven. The Church Militant consists of all persons now living on the Earth, which is the battleground for the Spiritual War between Satan and God. As a believer in this teaching I understand that I am literally living on a battlefield.

I did not always comprehend this fact, indeed for a large part of my early life I was more like a soldier on R & R than an active duty fighter. I did what I had to do and also some things I should do, but I also screwed up at times when the pleasures were too good to pass up. I had no concept of my participation in any kind of fight, the lessons from first grade were deeply buried somewhere inside me and not part of my conscious.  In many ways my daily life was more like being on autopilot than of making well-considered choices.

This changed when I became engaged to my wonderful wife. I stopped smoking my pipe and cigars, started wearing a seat belt and began to plan for our future together. Our first two years of married life were pretty basic, Work, Church on Sunday and as much fun together as we could squeeze into our schedules. Then we became parents and the seriousness of our choices ramped up.

Slowly, over the years, it dawned on me. I guess I’m a really slow learner. But sometime between kid number five and kid number eight I had an “AHA” moment. All the normal expressions we use to describe our daily lives started to make sense: the Rat Race, It’s a War out there, Survival of the Fittest, I survived the work week, I survived the weekend, the Walking Wounded, the Walking Dead.

I know at some point, probably several points, I heard a priest on television, Thank God for E.W.T.N., speak about Spiritual warfare. I recall my initial reactions, “Yeah, Right.” I wasn’t ready for the message to seep in. But life has a way of instructing you and I got schooled really good over several events. As I embraced the idea that this spiritual warfare stuff might actually be true, I began to see things in a different light. That in turn required me to rethink my decision making process and my daily preparation to implement those decisions. This was not foreign for me thanks to my Martial Arts background. I have studied Judo since I was twelve and that training was brutal at times. We would some night’s Randori, that is Free Fight, for three solid hours. Our training suits would literally be drenched in sweat so much you could wring them out. We trained in ice cold gyms and in blistering heat, it made no difference. I loved it. In addition, I trained each day I had no class, exercising, stretching or meeting my partner for practice. I lived, ate and slept judo, it was my life.

Now, as a Husband and Father, it was no longer just my life but the lives of my wife and children who were depending on me. I had long ago made a pledge to myself that I would be the BEST Husband and Dad I could possibly be. I wasn’t too clear on what that meant but I pictured myself as loving and patient and spending good times with my family. What I finally realized was that it was in the tough times that you prove your worth, just as a soldier proves themselves when the battle gets harsh.

As a Martial Artist I had prepared myself by continuous, daily training. Now I had to adapt that mind set to the challenge of defending my family in the battle that I saw looming around me. And I didn’t have a clue how to do that at first. But as I listened to the speakers on television, and as I read some books, I realized I had been taught the method of training for this battle many years ago – Daily Prayer. And I found that daily prayer was the very last thing I wanted to do. The person who eagerly did 500 situps a day, 300 pushups a day, who practiced a throw for 100 repetitions, could not force himself to say one Our Father or One Hail Mary to save his life. I was NOT a good Spiritual Warrior.  I was 4-F as the military would say, not suitable for duty.

Then I heard, maybe more than once, that when you absolutely do NOT want to pray, that was when you absolutely had to do it. And the lightbulb went on. I remembered all the times in my Martial Arts training that I was not eager to train, that I wanted to skip practice, but I showed up out of habit or because someone was counting on me. What started as a chore, often ended up being a splendid experience. And I grew because of it. So I started to pray, even when I did not want to. And I found the same result, I felt better afterwards. I slowly figured out what kind of prayer worked best for me – Daily Bible Reading, once a week Holy Hour and lately Daily Mass. These types of prayer fit my personality, just like Judo did. I had tried other Martial Arts and while they were okay, they weren’t as good a fit as Judo was. The more I prayed, the better I understood the stakes involved, the physical and spiritual lives of my wife and children. It’s my job as the Husband and Father to nurture, protect and defend them. If necessary I am called to stand in the breach when a full on assault occurs. And the more I learned, and especially the more I talked about what I was learning, the greater and more frequent the assaults. It was exactly what I heard the speakers say. And so my belief grew even more.

When the time came that I decided I wanted a website I had to decide what the theme would be. What do I feel strongly about? What do I enjoy talking about? Family – definitely! Martial Arts – absolutely. Life after Death – yes. The choices and the challenges we are faced with everyday. Those will be the themes I will explore on this page. My insights and my beliefs are my own. I have been influenced by people much smarter than I and I have realized that they are correct.

Welcome to Warriorsworlddad.com a place to share our daily war stories.

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One Response to Why Warriorsworlddad

  1. Rizky says:

    MMA is just that. It is a mixture of maaritl arts being taught to help you win a contest. Which combination of arts is dependent upon the gym in which you practice. Some mma gyms allow you to choose between several of the arts that they teach the ones that you want to train in. In most places you will not learn the art itself, but you will learn a limited amount of techniques from those arts. How good of a fight you become is determined by how well you practice, your ability to perform what you have been taught and how good you coach is at teaching and coaching. Everyone that trains in mma will not be good fighters just like everyone that joins a basketball team will not be good basketball players. Most mma places do not teach jujitsu. They teach jiu jitsu. There is a difference.Everyone chooses their art based upon their own goals, reasons and or recommendations. We don’t know you goals. If you are looking for self defense I would recommend that you find a good traditional maaritl art. If your goal is to one day fight in the UFC then find a good mma gym.Our dojo is a traditional school. There is the guy that now trains with us that is a mma fighter. He is from out of town. He had been search for a good mma place to train but was having much luck. Someone told him about us. He has a background in traditional arts too(wing chung). He is a muay thai and jui jitsu guy as well. My sensei more than twice his age agreed to roll with him a little. My sensei would counter and instruct him throughout them rolling. He enjoyed his workout. He asked if he could continue to come and train and roll with us. It was explained that we are not mma, we are traditional but he was welcome to train and learn. He has been coming every since. We also introduced him to others that are good in mma. This guy was going to do a self defense seminar Friday that just passed. He asked me to help him practice and to give him some ideas on what to cover for his seminar. This guy is a fighter. I had to remind him often that he was teaching beginners. Do not teach them to use brute force or to fight. Many will not have the capacity to fight right now. Teach them to defend themselves well enough to get away. Teach them to escape. Keep it simple. Many of the techniques he wanted to do involved a hard strike or 2. I again had to remind him that some of the men and women in the seminar aren’t string enough or skilled enough to strike someone hard enough to stop them. Teach then how to escape, counter, run away, avoid, and to be aware of the surroundings. Teach them to make a lot of noise to get the attention of others so that someone would call the police to get them some help.This guy is a good fighter. He has a lot of knowledge. He was a drill sergeant in the marines. He is good at combat or mma, but not as good at teaching self defense applications to the general public. I also had to tell him to assume that everyone that comes is a beginner or novice even if they have had some training before. You don’t know what they have been taught or what they have retained. Teach them the basics and build from there. In tradition maaritl arts we don’t teach you to fight. Anyone can fight and trade strikes. But we teach you to end the threat quickly while limiting you attackers ability to harm you. We do not want to trade strike or kicks. We hit without being hit. I don’t care how good you become you can only block so many punches before you get hit. But if you position yourself correctly you can’t be punched, but you are in a great position to strike or take out your attacker.

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