I’ve become fond of the movie “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005). It has several pieces that make for deeper thought. Here’s one of them.

Balian of Ibelin: Is he? You were born a servant? [the boy nods] Kneel. Every man at arms, or capable of bearing them…Kneel! On your knees! [the crowd of soldiers kneels]Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Be brave and upright that God may love thee. Speak the truth, even if it leads to your death. Safeguard the helpless. That is your oath. [Balian strikes the servant boy] And that is so you remember it. Rise a knight. Rise a knight!
Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem: Who do you think you are? Will you alter the World? Does making a man a knight make him a better fighter?
Balian of Ibelin[pause, turn slowly to face Bishop] Yes.

The expression on the men’s faces further proves that Balian is correct. Once the men know that they are being recognized for what the have committed to, the pride to their best rises.

Creating the chance for all of the men-at-arms to know who they are serving and what their service benefits…and costs, shows one of Balian’s leadership skills.

Have you thought about what your life is serving? Who benefits and what are the costs? The martial arts training that you’ve been pursuing should have a direction. The skills that you are developing add to your knowledge and education. Don’t waste them.

Author: Master Robert Frankovich

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