Tristan Ibarra – Advanced Level Student

Essay #2

As it would seem, everything in life has a hidden meaning. We all have to go through our own challenges we face in life, some hard, some easy, but they are all still challenges. I will list each word and their definition, and how they correspond with my life. Benevolence; “To always do good onto others.” This word is a sacred one cherished by most communities. Benevolence is not something you would see as often, it is hard to always have a positive attitude about everything when others do not for you. Compassion; “Feeling sorry for others during misfortune.” There are two forms of compassion, guilt, and injustice. Guilt is the feeling after you have done something you deserve to feel sorry for, injustice is sadness because of something you’ve seen done that is not deserving for others. Generosity; “Giving without thoughts of selfishness.” Humility is a better term to describe the overall reflection we heed, but this is the simplest form in my opinion. Inspiration; “The spirit to change thoughts into reality.” Inspiration is a huge role in guiding your dreams and who you want to be, but you don’t need it, it helps a lot though. Endurance; “To keep going on even if you want to quit.” This is a huge milestone for physical and mental health, try staying strong to complete that challenge. Synchronicity; “Being in the flow of the waves of the universe.” Another virtue we cannot truly attain, only in your eyes will you be good enough. Harmony; “Understanding the sounds of all things natural.” Similar to Synchronicity, we have to find ourselves within to know what we can truly do. Grace; “The protection given to those who are righteous.” An art mastered for full control.

Virtue; “The perfection of moral excellence in character.” Virtues play a role in humility, confidence is just an illusion if you know what your training for. Dignity; “Keeping the truth of the grasp of worldly desires.” Dignity is to keep secrets given to you, you never know how precious they are compared to money. Courage; “Not being afraid to be different than the norm.” This is a hard virtue to master in my opinion, but a social life is rewarding for your mental health. Dedication; “Practicing a task every day without laziness.” This is the only way to reach production, it is the opposite of laziness. Diligence; “Following through with the promises you made.” The only true way to attain your dignity in my experience. Tolerance; “The highest level of the understanding of restraint.” Everyone has tolerance to a certain degree, some levels are higher than others. Lastly, Serenity; Being peaceful at times of trial and tribulation.” This is a true form of a calm demeanour, staying calm is the secret to solving problems in a quicker pace.  All of these helped me learn what I can with goals I had set, I plan to set more. Martial arts has changed my life because of how I now perceive life, and how we can study the littlest things we can barely see. Thank you for reading my essay and I hope you learn from this as well.

Sincerely,

               Tristan Ibarra.

Essay #3

The principles of understanding play a huge role in our lives, each with separate meaning. Our role is to use these as a guide, regardless of your beliefs. I will list each principle, then explain their roles in my life. “The Principle of mind; Everything that happens must be a result of a mental state that precedes it. Your thoughts are like seeds that grow in the garden of your mind.” This Principle coincides with my life because of the hardships Muay Thai had all taught us. Without the right mindset, you get to your destination because you don’t know where you are going. “The Principle of correspondence;  As your feelings exist in your mind, it will so correspond with reality. If you see things in a positive light, your world will always be bright.” This is a direct comparison to the first Principle, except rather than explain the depth of your sight, it guides purpose. “The Principle of vibration; Everything is in flux in the universe, nothing is stagnant. To raise your vibration, cultivate good habits of mind, body and spirit.” This is heavy principle, due to the truth of it. Habits are a natural result of something repeated, without habit, the practice is new. Bruce Lee’s famous quote, “I fear not the man whom had practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man whom has practiced one kick 10,000 times,” is a perfect example of a habit by choice. Habits can be good or bad depending on how you see them. “The Principle of polarity; There is  a positive and negative to everything, once something reaches its extreme it will change to the opposite. There is danger in absolutes..” This correlates with ego, mine and many others. You may have had a high certainty of a win against an opponent, if you are too cocky, they could take you by surprise. Ego is a large problem in our society today, ut generates, the miracle of surprise, which can also be good and bad.

                  “The Principle of rhythm; This is the understanding of the existence of the flow. There is a correct timing for all things and to know when to act is being in balance with nature.” This Principle is similar to that of Synchronicity, “Being in the flow of the waves of the universe.” Rhythm is very hard to achieve perfectly, whether it’s music, video games, or martial arts, but you can achieve it. “The Principle if cause and effect; Everything is governed by the laws of cause and effect. A positive action can never produce a negative effect just as a negative result can’t originate from a positive cause.” This is the truth in everything. You can not justify mischief in return for kindness and compassion, it isn’t right. The last Principle is the “Principle of gender; Masculine and Feminine qualities exist in all of us. Balance the two forces within yourself to achieve oneness with being.” This Principle differentiates from all the rest because it masquerades all of the traits we perceive as a personality for one purpose alone, to train. We train ourselves not only to become faster, stronger, smarter. We train ourselves to achieve a perfection we can never reach. All of these Principles are true in character and life, it is shown from proof by example. Two Martial Artists have achieved oneness of two of these Principles, George st. Pierre and Bruce Lee. George has mas mastered the Principle of Gender, as he only sees and perceives martial arts rather than other qualities. Bruce Lee has discovered the Principle of Vibration. These Principles play a huge role in helping others, boosting self confidence, and lifting anxiety. Principles have played a huge role in my life because I used them in helping me meet others. If I didn’t have Principles, to follow, I wouldn’t have become a leader in helping or coaching. I used the principle of vibration as a memory for my daily routines, to workout, or do my homework. I used the Principle of mind to think out of my usual ideas so that I may boost my creativity for years to come. I used the Principle of polarity to calm me down when I would be angry at someone, as I would think about them and their situation in the matter I have put them in. I practiced the Principle of rhythm in a state of relaxation, to help master all that I need to learn in life. I used the Principle of cause and effect to learn what my mistakes, and to think upon how I can improve upon that topic in future. All these principles are a mindset we have to look to for guidance, because we have to calm our ego or set our goals. These Principles have changed my life nonetheless because of the Polarity in them. Learning Martial Arts as a whole taught me the skills I need to know about growing up, and how to plan them wisely. Elysium Muay Thai is a great place to learn about each other and what we can improve upon, and we all treat each other the same no matter what, that’s how all of us can improve our mind. It is a great way to see our mistakes and what we have done wrong, Martial Arts taught us the humility that enforces us, in the form of Teacher, Parent, Saints, and Instructors. We know what is right for us, but we can learn so much more about from the principles that have taught us. Principles are obviously mandatory to become a coach and I can see why. Even though it may take a long time to master, we will always try to practice it until we believe we are doing good, and others can expand upon this by helping us. Thank you for reading my essay on the Principles of Understanding, and I hope you learn from this too!

                  Sincerely,

                          Tristan Ibarra.

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