Podcast 22: Lisa Griffiths interview part 2 edited excerpt
Mar 05, 2017
MO: You have a lot of self-awareness as well as the capacity to keep working on your own personal leadership philosophy and life philosophy. What’s your advice to people training in martial arts about developing a Budo philosophy? How important is it to do that beyond just practising physical technique?
LG: I think it’s incredibly important and incredibly peaceful to do that. For me, it’s become easier with maturity. So, whilst ageing comes to us all, so comes wisdom if you embrace it.
You have to be respectful of all those you interact with, it’s having dignity, conscientiousness and a consciousness about others. So whilst you may be doing all the training physically, if you don’t develop the other side of yourself, then I believe you’ll have a worse result of the physical training because one strengthens the other and the two very much go hand in hand. So if you’re only focusing on the physical side of it then you’re missing all the beauty of the softer side which gives you the greatest peace.
MO: There is that tension between the good side of competition and the dark side of competition, and the good side of collaboration and the downside if you don’t push yourself and each other. In your mind, how do you balance this tension between competition and collaboration?
LG: If you bring others with you, you get a much better result because you might be becoming much better but they maybe aren’t. So if you think back to the dojo, and you might be highly competitive and you might be the best on the mat and you’re sort of throwing everybody, but if you can’t also bring others up to your level then you’re never going to be challenged. So the balance between the competitiveness with the collaboration, I don’t think there’s an equal weighting. I actually think you get more from the collaboration, and certainly I’ve found that.
MO: For you, what are some of the key or core principles of good Budo training?
LG: Well, commitment is the term I use today with my leadership group, but inherently that is highly focused and being incredibly disciplined, and honouring that. Be open, very open to constant feedback and learning and knowledge. Martial arts is a lifelong journey so there is always something to learn and there’s always someone that can impart wisdom to you without you least expecting it, so always look to others around you in the dojo to see what you can learn from them, even if they aren’t as high a grade as you. Self-awareness, and of course really connecting all of the fundamentals. Whilst you learn the martial art, you really need to understand the importance in how everything connects. So a sense of openness, respect, connectedness, and connection to others in the dojo, that’s sort of the fundamentals.