When thinking of ruthlessness, people typically think of; gangsters, politicians, entertainment executives, businessmen, etc., and I would have to agree with the idea of these people being ruthless – but these guys (and gals) are often more concerned with looking/sounding/acting ruthless.
You won’t know true ruthlessness until you have been involved in the inside world of a ‘real martial artist’
Not your ‘normal’ martial arts student who manages to bumble their way from belt to belt – you know, the guy who wears a sash around his head the same colour as his belt, the guy who takes photos of his abs for Instagram. Not the typical martial artist that is a result of the martial arts conveyor belt (McDojo’s and all that), but a ‘real martial artist’. A master, a craftsman, a true hussler – somebody who has developed themselves over, literally, decades and fought their way from below the lowest point of the totem pole right to the top. This isn’t a case of ‘the odds being stacked against them’ – to a ‘real martial artist’, the odds being stacked against them sounds like a casual stroll through the woods.
A real martial artist is the most ruthless kind of person, full stop (or ‘period’ for any of my friends across the pond).
If you are involved in martial arts you’re likely to know someone like this (or at least know of someone like this). Maybe your master, maybe your master’s master, or maybe the green belt who is making his way up through the ranks. They’ll seem friendly, funny, charismatic, calm and pleasant (and I’m sure that’s true to their character) – but don’t cross them (not that you were planning to).
Who else do you know that has chosen to put themselves through physical and mental punishment on a daily basis for decades – just to get a head above the rest? Who else has stood opposite fighters and taken a beating for years, until they finally exceed and outshine everyone around them? Who else do you know who has ACTUALLY dedicated their lives to a constant grind – and keeps quiet about it?
From my experience in martial arts (which has become particularly extensive now). These ‘real martial artists’ will literally fight (and fight the hardest) to win… No one will work as hard at what needs to be done to get to where you want to be.
If you think you can punish them in some way, put them through hard times, hurt them, scare them, etc. It will never be even half of what they have put themselves through previously.
One thing I have learned from my martial arts training, and consider it to be such a virtue, is the extent to which I will go to get what I am aiming for. If I am aiming at something (and I always am), I will get it, I don’t care how trivial it seems. If I have to crawl through mud, swim through tar or walk through fire – I will; after all, it won’t even compare to my last training session.
“When you want something in life: tune into that ‘real martial artist’ mentality and you’ll do what you need to do… And it will seem easy.”
By the way; I do consider myself the realest of the ‘real martial artists’
Master Luke Robinson