This page is a series of talks occasionally presented by our Judo Teacher to complement the Semi Psychological section of the Judo Self Defense course at the Newport Judo Club.
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Self defense: is most effective when we have three things, Faith Hope and Love.
With these three things together all obstacles can be overcome.
You need to have courage to look after yourself.
But how do you get courage?
With lots of practice and Faith, Hope and Love.
You may have heard stories about people running into burning houses to save others or doing things in a to save lives that they wouldn't do normally.
People call that courage, another way to look at it is Love and if you look hard enough where there is Love you will always find hope and where there is hope you will find faith.
David had to fight a battle with a giant and he was just a boy.
Everybody else was afraid including the the most powerful.
But David was full of confidence because he had Faith in his God, Love for his people and Hope for the future of his country.
Goliath the giant laughed at David when he walked up to face him but Goliath was knocked down with a stone in a slingshot (warning slingshots can kill).
David won through surprise, timing and strategy, but he was only ably to do these things because of Faith Hope and Love.
Victory isn't always about winning.
Paul was a great preacher who did many wonderful things.
But some people didn't like him because some of what he said made them uncomfortable. Stones had been thrown at him and he had been whipped. One time people were trying to kill him and he had to escape by being let down through a window in a basket.
He wasn't always the luckiest bloke either.
One time he was shipwrecked whiles on his travels. But he kept on going. Nothing seemed to stop him. Why ? Because he had Faith, Hope and Love.
Faith in his God, Hope in his Faith and Love for the people he was preaching to.
He was eventually thrown into prison for what he believed.
Through all of this he never fought back he never even raised a hand to anybody. But he saw himself as winning a great victory. Because to him, it didn't matter where he went or what happen to him it always meant that he got to tell his message to someone he would never have met otherwise. He even got to speak to kings and governors.
Victory is an attitude not just what you do.
The best defense isn't always a physical one. It's also about preparation.
Ezra was a man of Faith, Hope and Love.
He was a priest who believed that he should go and rebuild a temple.
He had told his king that his God would protect him on his long journey because he was doing spiritual work, so he took no soldiers with him.
But he did not take this journey or his God lightly. He spent a lot of time preparing.
As part of that preparation he spent a lot of time praying to make sure he was doing the right thing.
Faith Hope and Love is the source of true courage but Self Defense is not something you should do lightly.
We should all spend time thinking about how far we would go when it comes to looking after our selves.
Stephen was a young man with a great future.
The people of his church respected him enough to elect him as a special helper.
He was stoned to death by people who were uncomfortable about
what he said
(warning stones can kill).
This would seem like a great loss but you cant defeat someone who is not afraid for their own lives. He was willing to die because he had Faith Hope and Love. Faith in his God so that he was not afraid of death, Hope in his Faith and Love even for the people who killed him.
How do I know this ?
Because he said so right before he died. He prayed that they would be forgiven. This was a great victory in many ways.
One of the ways was the affect his death had on one of the people who was watching. This mans name was Saul and he became Paul, a great preacher. The same Paul we talked about one other time.
Sometimes the greatest defeat can be the greatest Victory.
True Faith, Hope and Love is a very practical thing.
Nehemiah was a man of great Faith Hope and Love.
He and Ezra knew each other.
But Nehemiah was involved in building a wall for the Defense of the city.
He spent a lot of time making sure his defenses were the best that he could do. Then he trusted God to do the rest.
We should also know what it is we are setting out to do and prepare well and properly.
With Faith, Hope and Love something that is an apparent failure can be a complete victory.
When Jesus died on the cross everybody thought it was the end.
For those that believe that he rose from the dead it was a complete victory.
A soldier loosing his life in battle looks like a complete waste. For those of us who live because of the soldiers sacrifice the soldiers death is a great victory.
Gideon a man of Faith, Hope and Love was told to form an army.
Then he was told to send most of them home.
When he came to fight he was told not to fight but to stand around in a bunch of different spots.
When they finished they gave a great shout and the enemy received such a fright that they ran away.
Sometimes you don't have to physically fight to win. Sometimes a good strategy is all you need.
A guy by the name of Paul once said, "Put on the whole armor of God". He talked about the Belt of truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of peace, Shield of faith, Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit. He also said that we should Pray and be alert also. Eph.6:10.
Paul lived a long time ago in the days when Roman soldiers wore armor.
To a Roman soldier a belt was for carrying things. So Paul was saying we should always carry the truth every were we go. If we know what is true we cannot be tricked by those who are evil, unwise or just stupid.
A breastplate protects the heart and righteousness is another
way of saying we should do what is right. If we try and always
do what is right we can never suffer from a guilty conscience
no matter what others may say or do.
Shoes are for walking of course. So every were we go we should go and leave in peace.
We have to have faith because there are things that are out of our control. True faith or confidence in some thing or someone greater than ourselves is a very strong shield.
A Helmet does a lot of things. It can show who you are just like a policeman's hat shows he is a policeman. Its usually the first thing people notice so it stands out. Helmets also protect the head. We need salvation, or protection, from our own selfishness and wrong choices. We are therefore told to let Gods life in us show through. In this way we can be seen to be Gods children and begin to turn away or be saved from our own selfishness.
The Sword of the Spirit is Gods word. Our first line of Defense should always be words and wise words are always words from God.
Most importantly we should Pray and be alert.
Jesus tells the story of The awful horror. It was about a terrible disaster that was going to happen. He said something about those times that is useful to us.
He said keep an eye out for the signs.
He told about all sorts of things that would make them feel unsafe. He said when you feel as unsafe as this don't stand around waiting for something to happen.
He tried to make them understand that some situations are so bad that you cant possibly expect to overcome them so don't try. He warned people to run and hide.
Some situations can never be won, so don't try. Run and hide.
Life is not fare
and sometimes things will happen to us that just hurt so bad.
Sometimes that hurt is more than just the pain in our body.
Just as our body sometimes needs a doctor,
so our heart sometimes needs more.
I don't understand all of Gods reasons
for allowing pain in this world.
Sometimes I think he just does.
I do know that there have been some times in my life,
when all my Martial arts skill have done me no good.
I am no King David and I am no Bruce Lee,
but I do know that even they were not invulnerable.
Even Superman had his weakness.
Three things I have always found true.
Three things have never let me down.
Faith Hope and Love.
With Faith, Hope and Love my heart can experience Healing.
For Faith, Hope and Love have made me understand,
that hate only leads to more pain
and forgiveness leads to peace.
I will, learn to do good to those who hate me
and pray for those who curse me.
Even if I don't feel like it.
Even if they don't deserve it.
For this is the way of peace
and to live without peace is to miss out on life in its fullness.
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