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The Castle
« on: September 06, 2013, 08:10:16 PM »






































The Way of The Warrior


"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 gladiators but honor and respect your opponents even more for the opportunity to learn and grow.

2. Uncompromising Integrity: A gladiator'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 and warrior princesses. Are you a warrior at heart?

« Last Edit: September 17, 2013, 02:44:28 PM by Clay Death »

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Re: THE ARENA
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 08:12:30 PM »
Are You A Warrior At Heart
 
 
 
welcome to tennis4you and welcome to The Castle.
 
 
 
 
post away and have a blast.
 
 
 
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Re: THE ARENA AT TENNIS4YOU
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 08:21:45 PM »
order of play for tomorrow is here:


http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html





clay warrior vs gasquet is the 2nd match.



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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 09:24:38 PM »
NEW YORK (AP) -- At the end, and only at the very end, did Serena Williams face anything resembling a challenge in her U.S. Open semifinal.

Six times, Williams was a single point from winning. Six times, she failed to come through.

All that did, of course, was delay the inevitable Friday. On match point No. 7, Williams delivered a 107 mph service winner, then let out two shouts, a mixture of relief and rejoicing after a 6-0, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Li Na of China that put the defending champion back in the final at Flushing Meadows.

''I got a little nervous,'' said the No. 1-ranked Williams, who will face No. 2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on Sunday in a rematch of last year's final, ''but I was able to close it out, finally.''

She usually does.

Pursuing a fifth U.S. Open championship, and 17th Grand Slam title overall, Williams has been so dominant, so untouchable, during these two weeks that the only question each time out was how long it would take her to win, not whether she would.

Through 12 sets across six matches in this tournament, Williams has lost a total of only 16 games (for context, Azarenka lost 13 in one match alone). The 31-year-old American can become the first woman to win the U.S. Open without dropping a set since - yes, you guessed it - Williams herself in 2008. She also did it in 2002.

Williams won 24 games in a row during a particularly perfect stretch that began in the second set of her fourth-round victory over No. 15-seeded Sloane Stephens, continued through a 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal win against No. 18 Carla Suarez Navarro, and concluded with a 1-0 lead in the second set against 2011 French Open champion Li.

So what's the secret to making things competitive against Williams?

''You've got to fight. You've got to run. You've got to grind. And you've got to bite with your teeth for whatever opportunity you have,'' Azarenka said. ''She's obviously an amazing player. She's the greatest of all time.''


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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 09:37:37 PM »
find your inner gladiator at The Arena at Tennis4you.
 
 
 
 
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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 09:58:38 PM »
memo to general slasher and general masterclass:
 
 
generals this is to be a 250,000 post thread. I shall be most grateful if you can sticky it.
 
 
 
 
 
this is one volume, 250,000 post thread. there will be NO additional volumes. this is the only and the final volume for the arena.
 
 
we will retire it at 250,000 posts and start a new project.

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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2013, 10:17:01 PM »

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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2013, 10:19:28 PM »
September 6, 2013, 2:11 pm 3 Comments  The Power of Positive Thinking Doesn’t Fail Wawrinka By GEOFF MACDONALD  Stanislas Wawrinka celebrated his victory over Andy Murray at the United States Open.Uli Seit for The New York TimesStanislas Wawrinka celebrated his victory over Andy Murray at the United States Open. Tattooed on Stanislas Wawrinka’s left forearm is a quotation that sums up his philosophy of life. It’s from Samuel Beckett, whose writings dealt with the struggle to find meaning in a bleak, nihilistic universe. Written on his arm in blue script: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.”
“It’s my vision of my job and my life in general,” Wawrinka said. “In tennis, as you know, if you are not Roger or Rafa and Djokovic or Andy now, you don’t win so many tournaments and you always lose. But you need to take the positive of the loss and you need to go back to work.”
He added, “It’s that simple.”
Nothing was very simple Thursday for Wawrinka’s opponent, the reigning United States Open champion, Andy Murray, who looked like the negative, anguished Murray of old as he whined and gestured toward his box, looking as though losing to Wawrinka was surely killing him. It was disappointing to watch. Like many tennis fans, I have rooted hard for Murray to slay his personal demons and realize his considerable potential.
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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2013, 10:31:24 PM »

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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2013, 10:58:03 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/23996985



interesting read. becker talks about murray.

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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2013, 11:00:37 PM »
Andy Murray must set new goals - Boris Becker By Piers Newbery BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows        Wimbledon champion Andy Murray needs to set himself new challenges after losing his US Open title with defeat in the quarter-finals, says Boris Becker.
The Briton, who won his first major title at Flushing Meadows last year, lost 6-4 6-3 6-2 to Stanislas Wawrinka.
Becker, a former US Open and six-time Grand Slam champion, believes Murray must find new inspiration.
"He needs to set new goals, find new reasons to work harder and play better," Becker told BBC Sport.

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Re: THE ARENA at Tennis4you
« Reply #13 on: September 06, 2013, 11:56:19 PM »
lady Galadriel might stop by here tomorrow. I am posting this link for her so she can find Camelot Tennis.
 
 
http://castleknights.createaforum.com/index.php
 
 
 
 
 

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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2013, 08:37:25 AM »
morning sports fans.
 
 
big day today at flushing meadows?
 
 
anybody willing to make any brave predictions?
 
 
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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2013, 11:59:26 AM »
spartan Stan is on his way to the final.




so far so good. keep it up spartan warrior.

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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2013, 12:39:13 PM »
I prefer the denomination:

Warriorinka. :cool:

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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2013, 12:41:37 PM »
Nole can still recover.

SpartStan Warriorinka needs to concentrate.

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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2013, 01:01:51 PM »
que pasa general slasher the invincible.



Stan is almost there.




nole should feel some pressure right about now general.

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Re: The Arena : Find Your Inner Gladiator
« Reply #19 on: September 07, 2013, 01:14:35 PM »
damn. Stan should have been able to bag that set.