The truth is, Bayani Warrior is a lot of things to a lot of different people.
To my students, it is a path to growth, both physically and spiritually through Filipino martial arts training. They love the combative aspect. By learning how to fight, they learn to be stronger through anything else they may face in life. It doesn’t matter if the enemy is a gang member trying to stab them or a bill they need to pay. All they know is that the training causes them to be more resilient, to be more focused…to be stronger people. It empowers them. This is what my goal is when teaching my students: you are empowered through the training to take charge of any situation you may face.
To my teachers, they see Bayani Warrior as the next big FMA family system. They claim we will be the future of the Filipino martial arts…that Bayani Warrior will lead the next generation of Filipino martial artists in decades to come. I really hope they are right…they’ve never been wrong before, after all.
To my family, Bayani Warrior is a bunch of people who train and learn from me, but they know those people with those weapons are trustworthy and they will trust them almost over anyone else we know. My family treats the Bayani Warrior students like members of our own family, and while my family may not share the same fondness for weapons training, they appreciate their loyalty not just to the group but to me as an individual.
To my girlfriend and my friends, Bayani Warrior is a hobby that I turned into a business, and I get paid to take part in it. In their eyes, I get to swing weapons, do what I love, and get paid for it. Nearly every purchase I make is a tax deduction. It must be a pretty easy and awesome life being able to do what you love for a living, and aside from the “pretty easy” part…they are right.
However, what is Bayani Warrior to me?
For me, Bayani Warrior isn’t something I do. It’s something I AM. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing. It’s how I eat. It’s how I speak. It’s how I form my decisions. It’s how I approach other people. It’s how I dress. It’s how I park my car. It’s how I sit in a restaurant. It’s how I approach problems. It’s the cumulative result of everyone in my life who has ever influenced me, taught me, trained me, and shaped my beliefs and thought process. Wherever I go, Bayani Warrior goes with me. It doesn’t matter what state I’m in or where I am in the world….it’s only a matter of time before a Bayani Warrior Training Group gets started up.
We are all put on Earth for a reason. I am simply pursuing that reason.
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