Martial Arts Wisdom Applied to SGA Wraith

Inspirational quotes by Morihei Ueshiba, creator of the martial art Aikido. Think about graceful and meaningful images about Wraith culture and situations: Todd in the Genii cell, Rhys being willing to sacrifice himself for his hive, Steve’s fighting skills, Todd and his delegation being willing to try new things, the serene beauty and environmentally pristine way Wraith care for the planets they inhabit:

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“Move like a beam of light: fly like lightning, strike like thunder, whirl in circles around a stable center.”

“At the instant a warrior confronts a foe, all things come into focus.”

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“Do not fail to learn from the pure voice of an ever-flowing mountain stream splashing over the rocks.”

“Study the teachings of the pine tree, the bamboo, and the plum blossom. The pine is evergreen, firmly rooted, and venerable. The bamboo is strong, resilient, unbreakable. The plum blossom is hardy, fragrant, elegant.”

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“Loyalty and devotion lead to bravery. Bravery leads to the spirit of self-sacrifice. The spirit of self-sacrifice creates trust in the power of love.”

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“Your mind should be in harmony with the functioning of the universe, your body should be in tune with the movement of the universe; body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe.”

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“Even though our path is completely different from the warrior arts of the past, it is not necessary to abandon totally the old ways. Absorb venerable traditions into this new Art by clothing them with fresh garments, and build on the classic styles to create better forms.”

“It is necessary to develop a strategy that utilizes all the physical conditions and elements that are directly at hand. The best strategy relies upon the unlimited set of responses.”

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“A good stance and posture reflect a proper state of mind.”

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“If you have not linked yourself to true emptiness, you will never understand the art of peace.”

“Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword.”

“Life itself is always a trial. In training, you must test and polish yourself in order to face great challenges in life. Transcend the realm of life and death, and then you will be able to make your way calmly and safely through any crisis that confronts you.”

“Be grateful for hardship, setbacks, and bad people. Dealing with such obstacles is an essential part of training in the Art of Peace.”

“Failure is the key to success; each mistake teaches us something.”

“In extreme situations, the entire universe becomes our foe; at such critical times, unity of mind and technique is essential—do not let your heart waver!”

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