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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:25 am    Post subject: "There is no opponent" Reply with quote

The immortal words of Bruce Lee.

"There is no opponent"

Perhaps this statement is difficult to comprehend or understand, but not for
Conor McGregor.

Philosophy Bruce Lee & Coner McGregor; video reveals all!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJUI3AcsyYQ

Looks as if there is no link also (SO SORRY) then to watch Conor revel all, you will need to find it for yourself on YouTube: There is no opponent Philosophy Bruce Lee & Conor McGregor.

Now with this in mind "There is no opponent" UFC2-CONOR McGREGOR VS BRUCE LEE

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKTynayergE


Is it true that there is no opponent and we are just fighting ourselves?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely!! Not now, and not ever!!

Let's read what was said when the Abbott asked...

"Why is that?

Bruce: Because the word ''l'' does not exist.

A good fight should be like a small play...but played seriously. When the opponent expands, l contract. When he contracts, l expand. And when there is an opportunity... l do not hit...it hits all by itself.

Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.
"

To me, the key is found in the above underlined words.

Perception is reality to THAT person, and no one else, no matter what others might think and/or believe; it's not about the other person, in this case, the opponent.

If I feel, and not think, then there is no opponent. "I" can't exist at all, and when "I" no longer exists, then through my own perception, neither does my opponent.

As a Karateka, I truly believe and live, through the principle of Mizu No Kokoro and Tsuki No Kokoro!! My mind must be free of distractions of all types, otherwise, "I" does indeed exist.

Btw, and of course, Conor McGregor, isn't the only MAist to ever utter and believe Bruce's well known statement.



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJUl3AcsyYQ

"There Is No Opponent" - Philosophy Bruce Lee & Conor McGregor
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bruce was full of great thoughts and expressions, but I don't think he is always on target. I think that there is more like two opponents; the one you are facing, as well as yourself.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bushido_man96 wrote:
Bruce was full of great thoughts and expressions, but I don't think he is always on target. I think that there is more like two opponents; the one you are facing, as well as yourself.
You are very wise bushido_man96
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan Armstrong wrote:
bushido_man96 wrote:
Bruce was full of great thoughts and expressions, but I don't think he is always on target. I think that there is more like two opponents; the one you are facing, as well as yourself.
You are very wise bushido_man96
Ah shucks!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no opponent?

"And why is that?"

Because he ran away!

"Where did he run to?"

He ran as far as I can see

"How far can you see?"

I see no further than what is needed!

"Where is the opponent now?"

There is no opponent and never was, if everything is as it should be and nature takes its course to decide all outcomes.

"Then nature is your opponent?"

Nature only decides how and when things die, we decide how to live and why!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no opponent...UNTIL he smacks the ever living tar out of you!!



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sensei8 wrote:
There is no opponent...UNTIL he smacks the ever living tar out of you!!


Good one sensei8! Never such truer words spoken than yours.
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