| Butterflies in the stomach before a fight are your body preparing. There is no shame in fear but honour in overcoming it.
No man was ever beaten by being knocked down. A man is beaten because he doesn't get up.
You show good fight, win, lose, no matter, you get respect. - The Karate Kid
It is no disgrace to lose if one has truly sought to win- Sage Ronin
Life isn't about winning every battle; it's about winning the ones that count. - Jackie Chan
The thought is quick; the mind is calm; the body is light; the eye is clear; and the technique is intense. - Master Gigen Yamaguchi
To face an opponent that is stronger than you, you must get rid of all doubt and never say "I CAN'T" because if you do, your opponent has had to do nothing to defeat you, you already did it for him.
It requires a controlled cruelty.
Do not be tense, just be ready, not thinking but not dreaming, not being set but
being flexible. It is being "wholly" and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.
The knowledge and skills you have achieved are meant to be forgotten so you can float comfortably in emptiness, without obstruction.
The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature take it's course, and your tools will strike at the right moment.
Let him smash your flesh, and you fracture his bone. Let him fracture your bone, and you take his life. Lay your life before him.
I can not have commanders who do not understand that it is attack, attack, attack, attack, and destroy every step of the way. -General H. Norman Schwarzkopf (begining of Gulf War)
Killer instinct is a desire and ability to finish your opponent. It is the sadistic urge that is driven by the savage side of human nature. It is not how loud you scream or how many expletives you spew at your advesary. It's not the ugly faces you contort yourself into. It is certainly not mindlessly hurling yourself into the fray in an uncontrolled, incensensed rush of adrenaline. Killer instinct is finishing the race, closing the deal, accomplishing the mission. It is the burning lust to damage your opponent. It is the cold, hard, calculating application of bad intentions. - Paul Vunak