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The archetypal animal form of the Serpent : The Warrior of Knowledge

The Warrior of Knowledge, inspired by the form of the Snake, is a master of wisdom and strategy. He uses his in-depth knowledge to understand his environment and his opponents, and to draw up strategic plans. He is flexible and adaptable, able to change form and strategy as required. He constantly seeks knowledge and understanding, and uses persuasion and influence rather than brute force. It is a symbol of transformation and renewal, constantly striving to evolve and attain ultimate wisdom.

In the psychoverbal martial art, the archetypal warrior of knowledge is one of the five animal forms, embodying the wisdom and strategy of the Snake. This warrior, inspired by the teachings of Don Juan to Carlos Castaneda, seeks to master knowledge and live impeccably, in harmony with death and in constant search of truth.

The Power of the Warrior

The warrior of knowledge, according to Don Juan, is never angry and sees no one as having the power to do anything important to provoke his anger. The word Kyokushin, representing a style of Karate, literally means 'the way of the heart'. For Castaneda, a heartless way gives men a sense of power, making them believe they are superior to "ordinary men". However, such a path will turn against them and destroy them.

The Quest for Knowledge

The knowledge warrior approaches knowledge like a war, with total self-confidence. He must act with will and determination, without moaning or groaning. Will is a force that comes from within outwards, a force that Don Juan calls the power of intention.

Death and the Warrior

Death is a counsellor for the warrior. He must be aware of his own death, live each moment as if it were his last, and act impeccably. Awareness of death guides the warrior to make better decisions and to use his time wisely to accomplish his mission.

  1. The Seven Types of Knowledge Warrior

  2. Shinobi Spadassins (Ninjas)

  3. Sioux Scout Warriors

  4. Military Strategists

  5. Second World War Intelligence Officers

  6. Modern Military Analysts

  7. Cryptanalysts

  8. Renaissance Scholar Warriors

These warriors embody the characteristics of the Shaolin form of the ADPV Serpent, excelling in information gathering, strategic analysis and data interpretation.

J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Scholar Warrior

Oppenheimer, with his in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field of nuclear physics, played a decisive role in devising strategies and methodologies for the development of the atomic bomb. However, his journey was not without moral and ethical dilemmas. He was aware of the potentially devastating consequences of using the atomic bomb, and had to reconcile his scientific aspirations with the realities of war and destruction.

Oppenheimer was a dedicated man of science, but he was also a man of great philosophical and moral reflection. He studied ancient languages and Eastern philosophy, seeking to understand the deeper implications of his work in the context of the human condition. He was torn between his desire to advance scientific knowledge and the need to consider the humanitarian implications of his work.

After the war, Oppenheimer continued to reflect on the implications of his work and argued for international control of nuclear weapons and the ethical responsibility of scientists. He was confronted with questions about the responsibility of science in society and how knowledge can be used both to create and to destroy. He demonstrated that the quest for knowledge is not isolated from questions of morality and humanity, and his legacy continues to inspire debates on scientific responsibility in the modern world.

It has shown that the quest for knowledge is not isolated from questions of morality and humanity, and its legacy continues to inspire debates about scientific responsibility in the modern world.


The knowledge warrior, whether military strategist, modern analyst or scholar, is a being of action and will. He lives with the awareness of death and the relentless quest for knowledge, thus embodying the archetype of the serpent in the psychoverbal martial art. By following the path of the warrior, we can learn to live impeccably and transform our relationship with the world, by silencing our minds and listening to the world and its sounds. It is by becoming knowledge warriors that we can truly embrace our potential and fulfil our mission in this ephemeral world.

Gaëtan Sauvé, author of Psychoverbal Self-Defense, The 5 Animal Forms of Psychoverbal Martial Art and The Generative Warrior.

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