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A LOOK INSIDE HOUSE OF ATTILIUS
TRUE VICTORY IS VICTORY OVER ONESELF
True Victory Is Victory Over the Self is an old Samurai maxim, “Masakatsu Agatsu”
The only struggle that exists is between you and yourself. That struggle between you and your spouse, you and your job, you and other people, you and anything and everything else are nothing more than illusions. To make a change involves effort, devotion, commitment, and sacrifice. Your old self is the one who doesn’t want to change away from your old or current habits that you’re trying to break.
To achieve True Victory requires constant vigilance to keep your old habits at bay so they no longer can hold you back. If you truly want change, growth, passion, achievement, happiness, and VICTORY….then you will need to go through the struggle with your old self in order defeat it and lay it to rest.
THE DUALITY OF THE DRAGON & THE TIGER
Ancient symbols of Yin and Yang, these two forces, the Tiger and Dragon, combine to make up the universe. The powerful Dragon is Yang, thought to reign over the heavens. The mighty Tiger is Yin, reigning over the earth. The Tiger’s strength is quiet and taut, while the Dragon is full of active energy. As Yin and Yang balance each other out, both the Tiger and dragon are evenly matched and will not overpower one another.
The Tiger is representative of: female Qi, the color white, and the Metal element in Chinese medicine. An embodiment of purpose and patience with its power deep within, yet it can spring into action through transformative and deadly force if called upon.
The Dragon is representative of: male Qi, bold, extroverted and sky centered, and the Wood element in Chinese medicine. Fiery and destructive is the Dragon, but it’s energy is tempered by the energy of the Tiger.
A perfect balance.
THE TRIANGLE (A) MEANING AT THE HOUSE
As centuries have passed, in terms of martial technique, the triangle has been seen as one of the strongest structures in nature. House of Attilius uses this symbol in order to show each side referencing the Foundation, Walls, and Roof of our structure: how each practitioner should learn, practice, and apply knowledge throughout daily life.
From a technique base of Muay Boran, the triangle exists at the base of guard positions, basic movements, as well as the execution of many of the attack techniques of this martial art.
THE MEANING OF YIN YANG
YIN originally meant the shady side of the mountain. It is associated with negative, cold, darkness, passive, downward, interior and inward. YANG Originally meant the sunny side of the mountain. It is associated with positive, hot, light, active, upward, exterior and outward. The realization that everything in the universe is in relationship with everything else is the expression of the concept “yin and yang.”
Also, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the human body is considered a carefully balanced system with imbalances between Yin and Yang believed to be potential causes of disease and sickness.
RULES OF THE HOUSE
Read and memorize these 7 life and training guidelines. They will be spoken aloud as All line up and bow out at the end of class.
- Budo-Muay training mindset (spirit, science, art) is a benefit to life in general, and is a lifelong pursuit.
- Strength comes from health.
- Speed comes from effort.
- Technique comes from experience.
- Willpower comes from faith.
- Serenity comes from old knowledge.
- Progress comes from new knowledge.
To Begin Class:
- Students assume the formal sitting position. Once students are seated as required, the teacher will take his/her position in front of the students, facing them and standing in front of the shrine.
- The senior student will then call to attention! All students will straighten their backs, place their hands on their laps with thumbs and fingers touching to form a circle, closing their eyes.
- Each student is responsible for clearing their mind of anything outside of the practice, and preparing themselves mentally.
- After meditating for a short time, the senior student will signal both the completion of the meditation period and the preparation of the wai-kru / Thai Yoga bows (respect). The teacher will turn his or her body around, back facing the students and facing the shrine. The teacher will place hands (first left, then right) on the floor in front of his or her knees. The senior student will then call out “please teach me.” All will then wai-kru / Thai Yoga inspired bow to the teacher. The teacher then returns the bow, bowing lower and more humbly than the rest.
- After the bow, all students will remain in place waiting for the teacher to give instructions for daily practice. It is impolite to look down upon the teacher while he/she is in sitting position. No student shall rise before the teacher has risen.
- The teacher rises first; then everyone follows; and practice begins.