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Sheep or wolf?


Are you the hunter or the hunted? Do you prey or pray?

If you train as a wolf—hard and with contact—you can always train with other wolves, they will recognize you as a wolf and will welcome you into the pack. Wolves are not afraid of blood, they have shed it, and they have bled it. They view sheep as prey.

Wolves know that they do not always win, that sometimes the prey gets away. They know they sometimes must hunt on their own, and that they sometimes must fight their own without the pack. They kill and know that they may be killed—they accept it as a part of being a wolf.

When you train as a sheep

When you train as a sheep—easy and with no contact—you can always train with other sheep, they know you will not hurt them and will welcome you into the flock. Sheep feel safe while in the flock and the bigger the flock the better.

Sheep avoid bloodshed, they just casually graze with their heads down as is if there were no wolves in the world. Then, when they see a wolf, they pray the wolf will not hurt them.
They may fight each other in play but they avoid violence and confrontations with other sheep. Even though they run from danger and they fear injury or death, they seem oblivious to the fact that—they are food.

When you train as a wolf

Wolves are not afraid to walk into a flock of sheep. Wolves can be cute and cuddly if necessary and can quietly approach sheep and watch everything they do. They know they are wolves, so they show no fear in the presence of sheep. Wolves may even wear a sheep's clothing and play with them, being careful not to harm them and cause alarm. Then, when an opportunity presents itself—they eat the sheep.

Sheep will never walk into a pack of wolves. Sheep are never threatening, they are always cute and cuddly. They cannot play with wolves, even if they wear a wolf's clothing. Sheep constantly baa and demand attention. They are constantly moving about and crave attention. They are easily hurt and easily scared, so they group for protection. When danger approaches, they either run or look to the flock for protection because they cannot defend themselves individually.
Sheep are fearful of wolves and wolves sense the fear. Therefore, sheep never play with wolves. Sheep just accept their lives as sheep, play with other sheepish animals, such as rabbits and squirrels, and view wolves as the outcasts of the animal world. A sheep that plays with wolves will only play—until lunch.

Which are you?

Martial artists are like wolves and sheep. Some are wolves who understand that that martial arts were created for warriors. They tend to be loners but may hang out with the pack. They accept the bumps and bruises and hard training and deal with it as a part of training as a warrior. They are confident and capable of dealing with almost any situation. They realize that when they spar other warriors that they may receive injuries and they know that, in a real fight, they may be injured or killed or they may have to injure or kill—they except it as part of being a wolf.

Some martial artists are like sheep. They like to be with, conform to, and to please the flock. They feel safe with the flock and are helpless when away from the flock. They play at fighting and are careful to avoid blood, either their own or others. They baa a lot; they make excuses for their losses and mistakes and are always talking about what they will do in a fight, although they have never been in a real fight. They fear and avoid wolves—they consider wolves the outcasts of the martial arts world.

Wolf martial artists may train with sheep martial artists. All they must do is be careful and not harm them. Wolf students observe and learn about sheep martial artists by donning the clothing of a sheep and moving among them, keeping quiet, listening, and watching.

However, sheep martial artists cannot train with wolf students. Even if they dress like a wolf, they fear the wolves and the wolves sense the fear. The wolves will play with the sheep who visit the pack—but only until lunch!

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