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My name is Rick Tew and even though my last name (pronounced like the number) says otherwise, there is only one of me. But, I do have a split personality:
In fact, I believe we all have split personalities. And the combination of these personalities is what makes us who we are as a whole. It is what makes you unique. Through this series of books, I am going to teach you how to maximize the power within, the power you already have, and how to combine these character traits with practical, proven, success principles to reach your full potential and get a Black Belt in what you do.
I call this mental martial art and system for success, ―Winjitsu.
What is Winjitsu?
It is not a sport. It is a way of life. It isn’t about just mastering a Martial Art Style, but instead, how to develop a Lifestyle.
As a professional “Martial Science” instructor, I make my living teaching and sharing the Way of the Warrior. And because it is so unique, I often run across people who seek a verbal definition of exactly what it is I do and teach. Words alone, however, seem to be inadequate, even for someone who is an experienced speaker and lecturer. I still have difficulty doing justice to the real meaning of my Martial Science with words alone.
It is a very clear picture for me, but trying to explain my life to those who don‘t yet have this picture is like speaking in my own dialect. We each have our own view, our own mental image (it‘s called a paradigm) of the world. Those mental pictures are similar to different languages. So although my words are used for that initial spark, it is the picture that you see, based on your own life experiences, that will lead to an interest in my art and perhaps an eventual development of a new way of life. In any case, we all have pictures of how our life is represented. This book is about improving that picture—bringing it into sharper focus.
What does survival mean to you?
Let’s think about survival for a moment. How do you picture survival? If there were two pictures in your mental museum of life, one of a caveman and one of modern man, what would your picture of SURVIVAL look like for each?
The caveman’s day might have been spent hunting wild animals and defending against neighboring tribes. Physical skills determined survival as a cave dweller. Is this the image you have of the world today? Do you picture people with knotted hair, dirty skin, and bad teeth wearing animal skins, sharpening long sticks, and preparing for combat? Not likely. Today’s real world challenges have changed. The knife has been replaced by the mobile phone. Knowledge of spear throwing is not as important as how well you use a computer. And the courage the caveman needed to face a wildebeest has evolved into modern man’s fear of facing a live audience.
In the physical martial arts, you learn self-defense to help prepare you for a situation that might be required for survival. It is a basic human need to feel protected. But in today’s world, our challenges are more mental than physical, and you are indeed often your own worst enemy. Today, your mental skills will take you a lot further than your physical skills. Unless, of course, you are among the tiny percentage of the population making millions by playing a professional sport. But even top-ranked athletes will tell you that their ability to perform is largely based on their mental skills; their “Mental Martial Arts.”
What’s more important – physical or mental power?
Consider this: In 2007, Slovenian marathon swimmer, Martin Strel, set a new world record by swimming the entire length of the Amazon River (3,274 miles). It took him more than two months and a support crew of about 20 people following him in a boat for protection. He was asked that very question.
“I’d say mental power. I could not do such a great swim 20 years ago when I was much younger, now I can do it. And the reason is I am now mentally matured.”
Although it isn’t likely you will be jumping into a river filled with schools of flesh eating piranhas, bloodsucking toothpick fish, giant anacondas, and aggressive bull sharks anytime soon, the idea is that your life will have many challenges and may be fraught with dangers just as threatening to your wellbeing. Your mental characteristics are going to determine your ability to succeed and to survive.
Survival in this day and age is based on our quality of living, our balance of needs, and how we feel.
Everyone (including you) can benefit from the Mental Martial Arts for survival in today’s world. Getting a better job (for example) is probably part of your modern day plan for survival. Improving your working life and upping the success quotient will improve your quality of living. Since we don’t have the external worries of a neighboring tribe, that fear is replaced with more internal enemies like self-doubt, a lack of interest, depression, or a disorganized, unfocused lifestyle. Success leads to success!
Winjitsu is the art of winning against our mental opponents.
I have taken the word “Win” and combined it with the Japanese word “Jitsu” (true method) to create the Winning Strategy or Winjitsu. I chose these two words for very specific reasons.
First, let’s look at the meanings associated with the word “win”:
- to finish first in contest, or the like
- to succeed by striving or effort
- to gain the victory
- to succeed in reaching a place or condition
- to get by effort, as through labor, competition, or conquest
- to gain a prize, fame, etc.
- to be successful in a game, battle, etc.
- to make (one’s way), as by effort or ability
- to attain or reach a point, goal, etc.
- to gain favor, love, consent, as by qualities or influence
- to gain the favor, regard, or adherence of
- to gain support
- to persuade
- to obtain and to prepare
- to overcome an adversary or challenge
And now let’s look at the definition for the Japanese word “jitsu”:
Jitsu (also similar but different than jutsu) means true art, or true way – as seen in jiu-jitsu or Ninjitsu. It is similar to the way “do” is used in judo or kendo. It usually follows the main concept or idea. For example, in kendo, the “do” represents the method or way and the “ken” represents sword and thus it is the “way of the sword.”
So Winjitsu is the “True Art of Winning” or the “Winning Way.”
I have compiled this text to give you an often-confused description of the benefits of Martial Science, especially in improving self-image. It is not necessary for you to participate in any “Martial Science” to benefit from the system of Winjitsu taught in this book series. I use the Martial Science only as a way of explaining the principles that I believe can help improve our lives, build confidence, generate inspiration, give us courage and techniques to face our fears, and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It is my experience, as a martial artist, however, that has brought me into the arena of personal excellence, and I owe much of my current lifestyle to the teachings of this so-called martial knowledge. I was able to kick-start my life through the martial arts. Perhaps you will too.
Perhaps this knowledge will add some light to a dark path and/or brighten your future with the use of the principles and strategies contained herein. Maybe you will embark upon your own journey through the Martial Science as I have. Or perhaps this information will encourage a new motivation, a lifetime habit, help you strive for a new goal, better performance, or a more balanced lifestyle. My hope is that it will improve your life and that you will use this information any way you choose, whether that is to balance your character, break free of limitations and take on more goals, or to increase your level of joy in this world.
I teach the skills of freedom, balance, and facing your fears with initialisms associated with each finger. Yes, it’s unorthodox, but I consider the thumb to be a finger. I like the concept of using five toes and five fingers, even if we call one of them a thumb.
The five fingers correlate perfectly to the five areas of focus that help us create the power to break through (fist) and the strength to hang on (grip).
Picture the following two characteristics for survival:
An individual that combines the power of the fingers to form a fist and is able to break through barriers, overcome challenges, conquer enemies, and courageously fight to survive.
The survival strategy of the Warrior is to take the spear in hand and head out for the hunt – an immediate and forceful solution to an existing problem, which might be safety (a threatening animal/foe), or hunger (literally, or a strong desire).
An individual that combines power and strength with the fist and fingers for maximum effect. The cultivator cannot just fight or hunt, he/she can hang on, stick to the task, condition the mind, and provide loyal team effort.
The survival strategy of the Cultivator is to plant seeds, grow a garden, and over time, provide a lasting solution.
Winjitsu is all about improving the skills it takes to be both a good Warrior (a person able to defeat immediate challenges) and a Cultivator (a person able to survive the test of time).
Breaking it Down to Build it up
Now let’s breakdown the five levels (presented in 5 books) that make up this system of mental martial arts:
- ACE (thumb) – Achieving Combined Excellence
Finding your Winning Personality
- MAK (index finger) – Motivation – Action – Knowledge
Making it Happen
- MBS (middle finger) – Mind, Body, and Spirit
The Synergy for Success
- NRG (ring finger) – Neuro Reasons for Growth
Internal Power for Achievement
- CMT (little finger) – Creative Mental Training
The Magic of our Imagination
In The Palm of Your Hands
Each finger of the hand represents an initialism/acronym (ACE, MAK, MBS, NRG, and CMT) that refers to a set of strategies or lessons that will help you to practice your Mental Martial Arts. Don’t worry, we will learn about each of these strategies as we move forward.
Self-Power will enable you to master and use these strategies until they are not just external (visual) teaching aids, but also internal personalities that will become a part of your thought process.
Once you memorize the three-letters for each finger (and the meaning behind each of them), it will be easier to recall the tools for each section. You will then be able to take time using the principles of Creative Mental Training (Book 5 of Winjitsu) and enter the Dojo (training hall) of your mind in order to develop your skills.
Most of these skills I learned through my experiences in life and training in the martial arts; others are a collective energy from many sources including books, friends, teachers, and lecturers. But most of all, they are techniques I have developed and continue to use to build my confidence, overcome my fears (Yes, I have them!), help others grow stronger, and improve my life. They are universal principles and will work equally well for you, if you are willing to commit to the complete learning system: Winjitsu.
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