“You Betta Learn How to Fight”
“You diss me, you’ll never hear a reply for it” —Drake “Successful,” So Far Gone
“You diss me, you’ll never hear a reply for it…but when I see see you I’ma black ya eye for it” ( Me)
Yeah I said it! Men, women and children alike should learn to fight. I don’t want you all to think I’m talking about the senseless wild swinging, hair pulling, scream fest you watch on worldstarhiphop. I mean fight like box, martial arts, self defense fight!
I study hand-to-hand combat. I’m no Bruce, Chuck or MMA fighter, but I will fight until you or me die. It’s just my will. Before I studied Kung Fu, my friend Chris with whom I wrote about from art class yesterday studied it and would show me locks and grapples. I had an R.A. in college named Marvin I believe and he reminded me of Chris. Marvin was short, small and nerdy looking but he, like Chris, had supreme confidence. I wanted to know what about martial arts gave people this confidence. Shit, I saw The Last Dragon too…”Who got the power Leroy?” I wanted that glow!
Marvin like Chris was a black belt and had been studying since he was 8. Everybody on our floor was a little hesitant to lock up with him once they found that out. The fact that he knew how to fight made me want to lock up with him more (no Homo). My Homie Silo (the producer of Kryptonite) at some point realized basically our whole building (except a small few) was puss and had began to punk the entire Dubious hall campaign. He was successful lol. I however had no interest in punking (no homo) my fellow freshmen. I wanted to see if I could hang in there with a champion.
So one night when most of the dorm was asleep or hiding from Silo, me and my R.A. locked up. He spared me honestly. He didn’t throw brutal strikes but he did hit me and hard. We grappled and he joint locked; I screamed and bit (biting always works). He released and we re-engaged for over an hour. We fought, rested and fought some more. We stayed in that hall way over an hour. We gained and lost an audience and at the end of my futile endeavor to beat a champion, he and I sat on a floor looking at one another. I was exhausted from trying to impose my will on him. He was exhausted by trying to contain all he knew and not killing me while engaging me. Breathing heavy with blood shot eyes and tears streaming down my face I said to him, “I might not win, but whenever we stop you will respect me.” He responded by telling me, “Exactly” and you will respect me too.” I have learned more from that fight than my many other previous fights throughout my life.
I thought he was fighting me when actually he was teaching me through combat. I was always looking to test my skills against others to see how I measured up but that fight is always futile. There will always be some one faster, stronger, quicker than you. The only fight I had to win I had already won: the fight with fear, my own fears of being the chubby kid that got picked on, the fear of getting hit, of getting beat down, my fears of being jumped, my fears that I was not good enough on so many other levels. My true fight was with me and my fear. I had stopped being afraid long before college.
Truthfully, I had lost that “fight” by simply engaging in combat. My Sifu (instructor) called while I was typing this blog and told me, “Remember Mike, combat should be defeated before engaged.” If you have read The Art of War, you have heard this concept before. Sifu Walker is another with that “supreme confidence.” He, like Chris and Marvin, is a man small in stature, speaks upbeat and is a walking, talking, killing machine (no over-exaggeration). However, Sifu understands and is helping us, his students to understand that when you know what you know, you lower yourself by engaging in physical combat. He asks, “Is the person you engage worthy of the lesson you will give them?” He says by fighting, we are sharing our training and teaching. The person you fight, if they are without knowledge of combat teach you nothing, why waste your teaching on them? Your teaching and training allows you to say to any potential combatant, “If you put your hands on me, the price of admission is very high! Are you willing to pay that?” So when I encourage you to learn to fight, it’s not to actually engage in physical combat but to give you the wealth of knowledge that comes with that training.
Training gives you knowledge of “life and death” and how precious both are. If you know your own power over others “life and death,” it calm’s you. You will think more about the life of all not just your own. You walk with that “Supreme” confidence.
Notice on the Animal channel, predators rarely attack the strong, the alert or those that move in large packs. Same is true with humans. If you look strong, alert and travel in small groups, you are less likely to be attacked i.e. mugged, robbed, jumped, etc. That’s the easy part of fighting honestly. Train to fight in order to defeat your own fears and self-doubts and you will, as a side effect defeat matters of the physical without even trying. A fighter’s greatest assets are their spirit and mind. So I think the homie Drake was right, “You diss me, you’ll never hear a reply for it.” Cuz I already know I will kill you! Good day and God Bless. I got a few hundred kicks and punches to throw.
For those that are in Atlanta and interested in martial arts, you can check out www.walkermantisacademy.com (Sifu Terrence Walker is the instructor).
Note: His commercials are a bit hokey, lol but the spiritual, mental and physical training is the truth!
P.S. Please run and go get that Underground Atlanta this weekend. Holla back Monday. GTRG…BBB