Practice Till Death


(Shinu made renshū)

A short phrase in Japanese that means Practice Till Death.

In Sparta, training as a young warrior began at the age of 7 and service in the armed forces continued until most fighting men reached the age of 70.

Plutarch describes King Aegislaus and his attitude toward the warriors in the culture: 

“When somebody else asked why Sparta lacked fortification walls, he pointed to the citizens under arms and said: ‘These are the Spartan’s walls.’” – Aegislaus, by way of Plutarch

Being hard to kill is a mindset. It is an idea that you are prepared. It is a belief that you have put in the work. Many of us stop training our bodies and our brains as we age. 

What if we changed our mindset? 

What if you had the patience and persistence to practice till death? 

You are never too old to learn something new. You are never too old to push your limits physically. The idea is simple.

TTWD – Train Till We Die.

It is nothing more than a mindset. A belief. A practice.

“When in a fight to the death, one wants to employ all one’s weapons to the utmost. I must say that to die with one’s sword still sheathed is most regrettable.” – Miyamoto Musashi

Whether you like it or not, everyday you are in a fight to the death. No one is stopping you from starting today. 

Find a way to practice till death. You will discover that as time passes you grow stronger, not weaker. You become both more alive and harder to kill. You will employ the weapons we all have – discipline, determination, patience, persistence. You will be stronger today than you were yesterday.

Remember, practice till death is not just a way of living. It is a belief that you can always do more, you can always learn more..

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