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The Ultimate Thruth

What is the ultimate truth? (Kyokushin means= the ultimate truth).

My last Facebook post was about how I use death as a counselor. I dedicated a chapter on this topic in the book, The Warrior Model: The Warrior's Call.

I think one day I discovered the meaning of what the ultimate truth meant. It was following a discussion with Soshu Shigeru Oyama whom I had invited to my dojo at 1088 rue Saint-Jean in old Quebec City. It was in 1983.


Every Warrior is aware of life and death since he is constantly confronted with both.

Soshu Shigeru Oyama once told me that before a fight, he would give his life to the fighter he was facing. So what could happen to him worse than dying? While his opponent was not ready to die. He had a wife, a job, savings and for him fighting was a form of sport.

Soshu said that by his attitude, that he was ready to die, he had already won the fight before starting it. Whereas his opponent had lost it even before the first strike.

I meditated on this point of discussion that we had, and it had the effect of completely transforming my way of apprehending life and my art (Kyokushin Karate).

I applied this concept to my training and fighting. From that moment on, I have not lost any fights or competitions.

The ultimate truth is that we will all face death one day. We will be able to defeat it a few times, but one day it will win. But if you make it your advisor, it will encourage you to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.

The more you are aware of it, the more committed you will be to achieving the mission that has been set for you.

After accepting life, the secret of accepting death is that it makes us more alive and encourages us to live life to the fullest (with full awareness) knowing that time is the most precious resource.

Remember that what stands between you and death is time. It is the only thing that separates you from each other. Make the most of it by achieving your dreams, goals, and objectives.

Wealth can never buy time. Living your passion to the fullest is priceless.

Gaetan Sauve

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