When I was a child, my father taught me many things, some of which I remember, and others that I have forgotten. However, one particular theory still stands out to me today, more than a decade later. It was the concept of “The Battle Within”. My father explained it to me as a martial arts tournament in which there were seven fights in a week, and I was one of the competitors. My opponent was another martial arts master, and each day, I would either win or lose based on the good or bad decisions I made. The battle represented the internal struggle of good versus bad. If I acted positively during a specific time of day, I would start winning the fight. However, if I did something bad, I would start losing the fight. At the end of the day, everything I did well and everything I did wrong was tallied up, and if the good outweighed the bad, I won the battle. If the opposite was true, I lost. The objective was to win each battle to win the tournament. Losing twice in a week would knock me out of the tournament.
Although there were more nuances to this theory, this was the basic idea. My dad created this concept because of my love for martial arts, which was something that interested me at that age. This concept caused a dramatic improvement in my behaviour throughout my childhood, and I think it could be helpful to anyone looking to do the right thing in their everyday struggles. Even if you have children who enjoy martial arts, it could be useful for them too. The point is, it is always worth a try. The worst that can happen is that they will laugh and walk away.
This is one of many lessons that my dad taught me over the years, and it had the most profound effect on me. While I was never particularly terrible at school, I did have some behavioural issues at times. However, this theory taught me a lot about self-control, discipline, and self-awareness.
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If you are interested in learning more about martial arts, I recommend reading about the life and philosophy of the great martial artist Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was more than just a fighter; he was also a philosopher, and his approach to martial arts reflects that. His teachings can be applied to various aspects of life and can provide a valuable source of inspiration.