They say it takes an avocado tree 7 years to bare its first fruit. This is the 9th year of teaching the Paxtial Arts formula. We believe that the seeds of peace we plant today, will begin to bear fruit in our children and grandchildren’s lives.
Till the soil of the mind
Comprehend the Law of Opposites
The Greek philosopher, Socrates stated that contrast is food to contrast, because everything craves its opposite and not its like. For instance:
the dry craves moist
the cold craves heat
the bitter craves sweet
the sharp craves blunt
the empty crave fulness
the full craves emptiness...
and all other things in the same way.
The law of opposites is an absolute, and there is an opposite in all things, as is reflected in the Yin Yang symbol. This is an easy principle for us at Paxtial arts to understand. It makes sense to teach children to understand both sides of conflict resolution. The Paxtial Arts skill set, along with the Martial Arts skill set must work hand in hand in order to have a completely balanced whole. To find balance, the peaceful answer must be considered with an equal measure to the mindset of war. If the conversation of the planet were placed on the scale, would the conversations of war be equal in measure to the conversations of peace?
“It is not that I'm so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer, the mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size….”
–– Albert Einstein
"The task of the modern educator is
not to cut down jungles, but to
– C. S. Lewis
Feed the Seed
The Taoistic Theory of the Five Elements - Wu Xing (Chinese: 五行) is the philosophy conceiving the world as dynamic states, or phases of constant change. This philosophy is seen as a further, more refined step to understand, categorize, or analyze the Yin Yang philosophy.
The Theory of the Five Elements describes interaction and relation between Yin and Yang.Symbols are used to describe phenomena of reality, so each of the Five Elements represents an aspect of a process or phase of change. For example; wood is not only the substance of a tree, but also describes the character, the dynamic state, or the elemental force within it.
The Five Elements of "Wu Xing" are as follows:
Wood - rising, development (of an action),
impulse, expansion, decampment
Fire - embodiment, definition, action,
dynamic phase, design
Earth - alteration, transformation,
transmutation, change, convertation
Metal - sinking, contraction, declining
Water - contemplation, calmness,
Water is a central theme in the Paxtial Arts. We teach our instructors to embrace what water symbolizes by nurturing the need for contemplation, calmness, observation, reflection, and a constant flow of the mind. We also encourage a flow of calmness and peace with the physical interactions of life and everything which contains kinetic motion.
Our teaching glyphs contain images of water in its various transitional phases of ice, liquid, and vapor; with the goal of contemplating that one season ‘becomes’ the next. All forces and energies in nature are in constant smooth and harmonious transition moving from one phase to another.
At Paxtial Arts, we know that water is essential to all life and we fully embrace the calmness, reflection, contemplation, and observation which will nourish the thirst for peace on this planet.
“We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.”
Sow the Seeds of Peace
There are many cultural questions which weigh on the minds of men and women, educators and families. Questions about the rising tide of war, violence, suicide, and hate. Concerns about our children and grandchildren’s safety in their schoolyards and classrooms, and wondering how we can protect our children from the bully which keeps them fearful of seeking help because of retribution and further bullying.
We have questions about how to help and honor those Veterans who have served their nation faithfully and returned only to find a vacuum of direction, a hopelessness in the face of an epidemic of guns, crime, and warring neighbors in the country they watched their comrades die for. Many wonder if it is even worth trying to “peddle" peace in the face of such an avalanche of cultural pride and aggression. This movement started with what we affectionately refer to as “Paxtializing” the planet and there is no better time than now. We hope the Paxtial Arts movement of peaceful solutions to physical confrontations will connect with the hearts of Martial Arts instructors of children, as well as educators, counselors, coaches, active military or veterans, and that they will want to take advantage of this opportunity to become ambassadors of peace. It is our hope to raise as many Paxtial Arts instructors as we can and that it will cause a wave of new thinking. A new idea. The idea of the Paxtial way of peace.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"
– Lao Tzu, the father of Taoism
Grow your Plant
The Sun is seen to symbolize intellect, understanding, hope, enlightenment, and life. It is also known as a symbol of re-birth, renewal, and cleansing.
Civilizations in every age believed the sun sustains life, burns out impurities, improves morale, mood, and releases endorphins. The sun has been worshipped by many cultures as a god, a hero, a son of heaven, the divine eye, and a creative-guiding force.
When Yin and Yang interact, we come to a peaceful harmony and we strike a balance, a wholeness follows, and then enlightenment. A re-birth of the mind and heart will renew our sight to see and know how to become gardeners of peace in our homes, our schools, our communities, cities, and the planet as a whole. When we give up the struggle to hold to only one side the equation, then we will have room for growth, and an ability to see beyond the struggles of life that confront us.
"Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.”
– Daniel Webster
“Tao engenders One;
One engenders Two;
Two engenders Three;
Three engenders all things.
All things carry the Yin
while embracing the Yang.
Neutralizing energy brings them into
— Lao Tzu depicts in Tao Te King
“The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.”
— Deng Ming-Dao, Everyday Tao: Living with Balance and Harmony
“The doubters said,
"Man can not fly,
"The doers said,
"Maybe, but we'll try,
"And finally soared
In the morning glow
Watched from below.”
– Bruce Lee
Catch the Seed – Immersion Course
The Paxtial Arts self-defense immersion course teaches that opposite energies can embrace, neutralize, and diffuse. This is an easy truth to note when we observe how aggression will breed aggression, and passive will breed passive. Yin and Yang represent dualism, or opposing energies in one stream of continuous movement. Yin and Yang are like two sides of a coin; the head and the tail. The tail is Yin and the head is Yang; they cannot separate and they are incomplete without each other. The law of opposites is an incontrovertible truth. Pax, the Roman Goddess of Peace is Yin - feminine, passive, and soft. Mars, the Roman God of War is Yang - masculine, aggressive, and firm.
In Rhode Island, members of the Streb Extreme Action dance troupe performed a dance called ‘Ricochet’. In the opening act, dancers ran toward a large transparent pane of clear plastic and launched themselves slamming into a plexiglass wall like birds flying into a bay window. The dance troupe illustrated the physics of contrast, while toying with the laws of motion and gravity. These dancers are pioneers and champions; they are testing what human beings can accomplish. Article reference:http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/sample-critique
It is not only possible to neutralize two opposite energies, it is probable when you invite the Yin Yang balance. When two opposites embrace in a dance, the result is a place for calmness, peace, and harmony to grow. We invite those who wish to immerse themselves in the future possibilities within the Paxtial Arts field of study to come join us in an exciting new dimension of thought. Help us to plant, grow and sow the seeds of peace for a better future.
Bare the Fruit
Paxtialize the Planet
In the last 3 decades we have seen accelerated change. Where will the next 3 decades go? Our young people are used to living in a world of change; what is new and strange to older people, is normal to them. Our young cope with change or stress by creating tight-knit groups of friends and sometimes gangs who form to act like a protective shell for each other. Faces of young people too many times appear on the news, along with the image of a bullied victim toughing it out alone. There are too many people walking a solitary road, marked with grief, sadness, and pain. There are too many bullies.
We are living in a transitional time. We can conform ourselves to the current atmosphere or we can ask questions, and explore the limits. We can research and apply our critical thinking in our search for answers. Ideally we can swing the pendulum to the other side of the circle; away from the dark and warring side. If darkness craves light, then we must get it over to the side which contains light. It is only when a light is shining on any given problem, that we can find and then offer the planet new solutions….
Scientists have done studies of the morphology and anatomy of fruit using molecular imaging or microscopy of fruits and seeds. They used their images to investigate at the cellular level categories such as density and light. They discovered that the organic fruit had more density and had double the light when compared to the genetically engineered fruit.
We know that the Paxtial formula came about as a result of asking questions. Questions such as, “what is the opposite of the Martial solution? That question led in an organic way to the creation of the Paxtial formula. We know that everything has its time and season. In our present season, the planet looks like a dark room with faint and flickering lights. Logic dictates that when you are in the dark, you turn the light on.
We are turning on the Paxtial Arts pilot light which will illuminate the planet with more light.
We suggest that you first take this food of new concepts into your mental diet; pick it and examine it to determine whether it is a flawed fruit, or a dense and light filled fruit which you desire. If you feel that it is something that you desire, then we invite you to try it. If you find that it is good, then you will be able to take that good fruit, and “pay it forward”.
We will bare our fruits of this discovery of the peaceful Pax walk and Paxtialize the Planet. We invite you to come to our garden of wonder and help us water the seeds of peace. So come taste this fruit which contains peace, serenity, and tranquility; it’s a win-win solution.