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The Castle vol. #1
« on: August 10, 2013, 09:33:10 AM »


The Way of the Warrior at The Castle and Beyond

"The Castle Bushido"

1. Sacred Combat and Respect: In Aikido and other Eastern martial arts, you always bow to your opponent, as a way of expressing what your soul would like to declare: "I honor and respect you as a worthy opponent, and value the opportunity to learn and grow through this combat with you." Honor and respect your fellow warriors but honor and respect your opponents even more for the opportunity to learn and grow.

2. Uncompromising Integrity: A warrior’s character and his/her honor are steadfast. And his/her word is bond.

3. Serve: A true warrior serves with honor on and off the battlefield.

4. Excellence: Excel as warriors through discipline and relentless will.

5. Preparation: Constantly train for battle and fight to win. Failure is never an option for the warrior. Be ready to lead at a moment’s notice.

6. Reality: A warrior is always grounded in reality. A superficial warrior cannot see how things happen, even though the evidence is everywhere. But a warrior who is centered, conscious, and grounded in reality always has the deeper understanding. The ferocious dog bites the excited warrior. The conscious and centered warrior walks by unharmed. Being centered means having the ability to recover one’s balance. A centered warrior is simply not subject to passing whims or sudden excitements.

7. Kindness: It is a known fact that the greatest martial arts are also the gentlest. They allow an adversary to fall down gently. A great warrior also does not rush into every battle. A great warrior offers his adversaries the opportunity to make crucial self-defeating errors.

8. Live in the present: A warrior has reconciled the past, prepares for the future, but remains firmly entrenched in the present moment. A warrior does not see present experiences in the light of past experiences. Seeing the present through the eyes of the past is a way of remaining in the world of illusion. This is akin to viewing a sunset. Each one is different from the ones before it. Comparing the one being viewed now with past sunsets may detract from a warrior’s ability to fully experience it.

9. Reflection: A warrior has to be able to analyze him/herself objectively and to think in a rational manner when engaging in a discussion and be willing to admit his/her own mistakes.

10. Awakening: chillax with your fellow warriors at the Castle. trying to be too flashy suggests instability. Rushing to judgement gets you nowhere fast. Promoting yourself reveals your insecurity. A wise warrior knows that trying to appear brilliant is certainly not enlightened. In his book, Shambala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chogyam Trungpa defines warrior as "one who is brave". Bravery, among many things, also involves a willingness to let your defenses be exposed so we can open more fully to life. In Trungpa`s words, discovering fearlessness comes from working with the softness of the heart. So in that spirit, resolve to chillax, learn, and grow stronger from your interactions with your fellow warriors at the castle.

11. Alliance of the Warriors: Consider yourself, each of you, as a warrior with only one wing. And you can only fly if you embrace each other. This is consistent with what the great warrior king, king Leonidas, also believed. He said that in the final analysis, we are only as good as the warrior next to us.

When two warriors move in the same direction, they forge a much deeper bond, based on encouraging each other to honor the sacred presence and basic goodness within them. This often proves to be an unbeatable combination in any battle. Then and only then can these warriors really appreciate their connection for what it is---an alliance of warriors. The castle is an alliance of warriors.

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 09:37:03 AM »
ok castlers, as you all know spiritual places never die :angel2) so crack a beer, coke, mineral water or whatever you prefer, post away and have fun :D

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 11:53:34 AM »
Nekro, so many great looking castles there.  Thanks for posting.

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 12:08:34 PM »
Nekro, so many great looking castles there.  Thanks for posting.

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:)) I love Castles and I spent many nice ours among the castlers :D our main strength is that as warriors we can set our personal differences aside and fight for our noble goals :D

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 12:30:20 PM »
just had dinner. eat haf pf the cheese cake i did  :innocent: :zipped:
hi friends :)

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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 12:34:07 PM »
Hi Betty, welcome back!  Hope you are well. 

We've recently returned from a vacation and I'm trying to catch up on things.   

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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 12:36:35 PM »
hi MC  im dreaming for my holiday im ko. working a lot + kid + home ecc:lol:

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 10:33:04 PM »
hola betty.
 
 
where are you going for your holiday?
 
 
 
 
good win by nadal tonight. I was worried that he might get run over in straights.

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« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2013, 11:34:42 PM »
hola betty.
 
 
where are you going for your holiday?
 
 
 
 
good win by nadal tonight. I was worried that he might get run over in straights.
Good morning CD, just got up :ZZZZZ) soon go for a coffee, Rafa won? good :).....

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Re: The Castle vol. #1 - A place for true friends
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2013, 03:03:57 AM »
ciao CD :)) :D weňň nothing of special  i have only 1 week we ll go to sea, liguria pretty close our city

vamos rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  :)) :)) :))

ciao Nek :kisses:
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« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2013, 03:11:21 AM »
ciao CD :)) :D weňň nothing of special  i have only 1 week we ll go to sea, liguria pretty close our city

vamos rafaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  :)) :)) :))

ciao Nek :kisses:
ciao :kisses:

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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2013, 08:29:24 AM »
hi betty, general nekro.
 
 
i wish i lived in Italy. what a wonderful country betty.
 
and those Italian women. they are all beauty queens.

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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2013, 09:38:06 AM »
Congratulations to Rafael Nadal and his fans for his victory over Novak Djokovic!  :applause:
Commiserations to Novak and his fans.:(

It was a close battle as I thought it might be, with both players playing their best tennis in the decider up to the tiebreaker. 

Rafa played very aggressively for the most part, standing near the baseline or even inside, served well, and made some key drop shots and volleys.  He played a bit tentatively in the 2nd set, and also tightened up some when he got to a winning position, which cost him a couple of games. But with the match undecided into the final set tiebreaker, he played very confidently, aggressively, and I believe mentally broke Nole a bit at the end. Fortune favors the bravest.

Nole had a rather poor first set on service, giving Nadal too many free points, but picked it up in the second set, but it went away on him again late in the 3rd set.  Too many double faults, not enough first serves cost him dearly.  His play improved significantly in the second set and through the third, but in the tiebreaker, he became a bit tight and tentative relative to Rafa, and I believe he suffered mentally, and didn't go for it until it was too late, when all looked lost, down 6-0.

Bottom line, Nadal came through at the end and in most of the crucial situations.  Well done to him.

I'm not sure Nadal will blow Raonic away in the final as many people seem to think.

I'm guessing Nadal might come out a bit slow, and I wouldn't be surprised if Raonic took the first set as long as he is serving well.  Raonic has the ability to get to a tiebreaker just on his strength of serve.  But I believe Nadal will eventually start reading the serve and be able to eventually break Raonic.  If Raonic serves and plays well, I think he could take the first set, but I think Nadal will eventually wear him down and win it going away.  I wouldn't be surprised at a result something like 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.  If Raonic is not on, then obviously it could be quicker. 

All that said, Nadal could lose this if Raonic is on fire with his serve or if Nadal has not recovered mentally or physically from the Djokovic match.  It is only best of 3 and anything can happen in that format. By the way, I believe the Final and maybe even the SF (with 1 day rest) in any of the masters series should be best of 5, and they should never play two masters in succession without a week between.

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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2013, 11:17:51 PM »
Congratulations to Rafael Nadal and his fans for his victory over Novak Djokovic!  :applause:
Commiserations to Novak and his fans.:(

It was a close battle as I thought it might be, with both players playing their best tennis in the decider up to the tiebreaker. 

Rafa played very aggressively for the most part, standing near the baseline or even inside, served well, and made some key drop shots and volleys.  He played a bit tentatively in the 2nd set, and also tightened up some when he got to a winning position, which cost him a couple of games. But with the match undecided into the final set tiebreaker, he played very confidently, aggressively, and I believe mentally broke Nole a bit at the end. Fortune favors the bravest.

Nole had a rather poor first set on service, giving Nadal too many free points, but picked it up in the second set, but it went away on him again late in the 3rd set.  Too many double faults, not enough first serves cost him dearly.  His play improved significantly in the second set and through the third, but in the tiebreaker, he became a bit tight and tentative relative to Rafa, and I believe he suffered mentally, and didn't go for it until it was too late, when all looked lost, down 6-0.

Bottom line, Nadal came through at the end and in most of the crucial situations.  Well done to him.

I'm not sure Nadal will blow Raonic away in the final as many people seem to think.

I'm guessing Nadal might come out a bit slow, and I wouldn't be surprised if Raonic took the first set as long as he is serving well.  Raonic has the ability to get to a tiebreaker just on his strength of serve.  But I believe Nadal will eventually start reading the serve and be able to eventually break Raonic.  If Raonic serves and plays well, I think he could take the first set, but I think Nadal will eventually wear him down and win it going away.  I wouldn't be surprised at a result something like 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.  If Raonic is not on, then obviously it could be quicker. 

All that said, Nadal could lose this if Raonic is on fire with his serve or if Nadal has not recovered mentally or physically from the Djokovic match.  It is only best of 3 and anything can happen in that format. By the way, I believe the Final and maybe even the SF (with 1 day rest) in any of the masters series should be best of 5, and they should never play two masters in succession without a week between.

Respectfully,
masterclass
The final was easy for him, i checked the mtf match threads quickly they're calling raonic an all-serve mug with no backhand? dunno last time i saw him around a year ago his bh seemed decent.....

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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2013, 12:51:37 AM »
que pasa general nekro. :)) :))
 
 
congrats to the clay warrior and his fans.

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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2013, 01:00:57 AM »
que pasa general nekro. :)) :))
 
 
congrats to the clay warrior and his fans.
Hi CD :))

It's good to see him in good form again:D mimi must be very happy too, that reminds me that i have to add her to the op





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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2013, 01:29:13 AM »
flowers for betty:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
 

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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2013, 01:29:40 AM »
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2013, 01:35:04 AM »
flowers for betty:

 
And for mimi too :))


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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2013, 02:05:10 AM »
thanks CD :hug:
morning all:p :)~