... but first, let's talk about an attitude. The traits of the 'warrior' include:
- honesty and self-knowledge (expressing one's own way of fighting. Constant meditation on the Presence, "this moment" and one's True Self.)
- courage (in fight and in making decisions),
- strong motivation and devotion to fulfill one's tasks (supported by wisdom in chosing the right ones),
- ability to adapt, to analyze, brilliant intelligence, proper approach (ability to learn from memory, experience)
- sensitivity to surroundings (constant training of senses and fast, proper and conscious reactions)
- discipline (by making a decision, take action, never forfeit until something's done. Also: constantly improve in one's arts)
The often misused trait is motivation. What should we really motivate ourself to? Is it good to want to win the game? To win with your opponent? In short term it might be helpful to raise your adrenaline level... but in a long term, it will lead you to nothing. Besides, if there will be nobody around to fight with: you won't have any mood to improve on your own.
The true motivation that brings a player to his highest is: Mastery.
It covers everything yet doesn't bring up the tension of rivalry and unneccessary stress, or even fear. Remember that fear is ALWAYS destructive and you should be doing everything to make it vanish, not to mention to avoid it from the very beginning. If your true motivation is Mastery, you'll find the true joy of playing Yoshimitsu. And if you enjoy playing him... your subconsciousness will reward you for it.
(Explanation: it's proven that your subconsciousness is striving for just... feeling good, as simple as it may seem. If playing Tekken costs you too much, sooner or later your body starts to reject it and avoid playing by any means. For example: your friend asks you to play with him, and you suddenly feel tired and bored...)
If you're striving for Mastery, it gives you even more: emotionless (so also stressless and effective) analysis of your performance, not polluted by unneccessary thinking like "I failed because of his cheesy game / game cheating on me / Yoshimitsu being weak". It's you and only you responsible for your performance. Good news is that you have full control and can improve very fast. Bad news is that... well... you'll have to be the Master of yourself, and this is a demanding path. Because you'll have to be both disciplined and honest with yourself. Not everything you'll learn about yourself will be pleasant. But on the contrary, it's a very good thing! It gives you a small shock that pushes you fast-forward. It reveals your True Self and destroys your false imagination about yourself.
As an example, from my experience, it was a shock for me when I accidently heard my opponents talking about my gameplay (Tekken 5.0 times). One of them said: "Remember, she always goes for punch, punch and then Door Knocker!". At first I was of course angry and thought to myself: "No way, I'm unpredictable, I spend hours to improve in this area!". Then I though more carefully: "Yes, indeed I do that... because it mostly works!". And then it came to me... that I should stop excusing myself. They discovered a pattern in my gameplay. I admitted that I have ones, and something cracked inside me. Even though it hurted my ego, I admitted to my mistake. One pretty painful step behind... to make four steps forward. And still, I watch my back: I created a habit of constant analysis to check whether I'm becoming comfortable with gaming patterns or not. A pretty useful habit. : )
By chosing the path of Mastery, you agree to examine yourself to the fullest to unleash your true potential. Your goal is to reveal your True Self and to expose your false imagination about yourself that is your Ego. It's enough to realize it to make huge changes in your approach. The more you understand about yourself, the more effective you become. You pick more quickly all factors of gameplay which leads to victory. You can see more clearly, adapt more quickly, learn more efficiently. The process of learning becomes your second activity, ever-present in your life. The second consciousness that watches everything from the third perspective. Sounds strange? But who of you can't for a moment distance oneself from the ongoing events and look at everything "from the side"?
That would be all for now. Look now again at the traits of the warrior and contemplate upon these ideas. Start looking inside you... not tomorrow, not during the weekend... but right now.
Who are you?
... Who am I? ... look at your hand. Move your fingers. Feel your surroundings.
Focus on the present...
The moment of change is now. Don't get burdened by your past or the future. The past is but a dream and the future is based on your present decisions.
You have the greatest power of change in "This Moment".
The Life... is now.
Make a decision.
"Don't dream it - be it" :)
P.S. The path of Mastery is the ever going process. Maybe it will be hard to understand at first go, but there is not really any goal in this path. The very Path is your "goal" and your motivation, and your pleasure. Remember it. Because one day you'll surely exceed others (by realizing that, you're already losing the Path) and you may suddenly think that you "reached Mastery". The moment this thought lingers in your mind, you'll inevitably lose the Path. That's the biggest paradox and the greatest difficulty, consider it deeply.