GM Mikeal 'Bear' Smith
You can physically train to be a martial artist and practice martial art philosophies in life but there is something within each of us that either prevents or allows us to actually apply, in reality, a warrior's mentality to physical actions; this allows us to walk through the proverbial "valley of death" or, as some would say, "today is a good day to die". Those without so called martial training can be warriors as well; try stopping a mother from protecting her children and most likely you will be facing a fierce warrior.
Note that the willingness to die is an attitude or mindset, not a desire, and is wasted if not used for an honorable cause or reason which is defined by each of us and by the morals by which we live.
A friend asks; “Can you be a good teacher, if you only have passion for your subject, and not your students?”
I say; “You have to remember; a teacher or Sensei (one who guides) will always be passionate or they will not last long or continue teaching. The student plays a major role with their own passion or desire to learn; students and teachers unknowingly seek each other out to create a passionate and symbiotic relationship. You can be a good technical teacher but without passion the essence of the subject will be lost. That goes back to the symbiotic relationship, or the lack of, which determines if the student teacher relationship continues. There are several requirements to be a ‘good’ teacher and passion for the subject and the student cannot be left out of the equation."
I believe that all true Martial Artists share the goal of continued learning and sharing of knowledge. In such seemingly wild and crazy times it is important to remain true to certain values; Honor, Truth, Strength to defend what is Right, and Strength to stand against what is Wrong.