Resolutions… I made a few… but then again… too few to mention…

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Wow… have you found yourself looking at the calendar… it’s Autumn (or Spring) already and you say… where have the last two months gone?

Like many people around the world you probably made some NYE resolutions… eat better, drink less, less sugar, more exercise, more training, learn martial arts…

Sometimes we don’t achieve what we set out to do and that can be disheartening.  However the trick is to keep going no matter what gets in the way… especially when we get in our own way.

Here’s a little mantra I use – reflect, renew, resolve, do.

The final trick is the ‘rinse and repeat’ stage when we, inevitably, fall off the path.

Here at Quantum we are committed to helping you with your resolutions – primarily through building the ‘training’ habit.

Hope to see you on the mats @


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Read through of Way of the Samurai

P03jigazouHi Martial Artists, Black Belts and Corporate Leaders

I am about to commence a read through of the classic text – Hagakure – Way of the Samurai.

You can easily find the text as a pdf via the GoogleMachine.

My intention is to progressively examine the text and select passages that appeal to me – either because they are profound, challenging, funny or crazy.  I will include my thoughts on each passage and am hoping that you will share your perspective in the comments section, either on my blog, or below.

If there is enough interest I will compile the results into a free ebook and will acknowledge all contributors.  The ebook publishing will be subject to meeting copyright rules.

Hope you join me on the read through and gain some insights for yourself, your students and for your life or business.

Ben Paul Owens – Corporate Samurai


Way of the Corporate Samurai

Read through of Hagakure – Way of the Samurai

Hagakure means hidden beneath falling leaves.


“The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance.”

This quote makes me harden my resolve.  The reference to death may not be appropriate in the modern world, but the directness and simplicity of approach is certainly a lesson for our increasingly complex world.  My thoughs:

  • Be resolute
  • The Way of the Corporate Samurai is found in life.
  • Simplicity of action
  • Set a plan, be determined and execute

“This is the substance of the Way of the Samurai. If by setting one’s heart right every morning and evening, one is able to live as though his body were already dead, he gains freedom in the Way. His whole life will be without blame, and he will succeed in his calling.”

 This extract has several prescriptions for me to consider.  Again the theme is simplicity and directness, but other gems hide within.  The following came to mind:

  • Self-examination and self-assessment
  • Set daily goals, act, assess and reset
  • Detachment from things that do not matter
  • The distinction between the body and the heart (will/mind/spirit)

What do you think?  Your perspective is valued by me!



I am long standing martial artist and management consultant. I teach and train in ju jitsu. I live in Sydney, Australia

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A black belt is a white belt who never gave up.

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Acknowledging your network

Corporate Samurai has arisen from a desire to merge my creative, corporate and martial arts worlds in a venture that, hopefully, adds real value to society by helping individuals and organisations grow and operate more effectively.

It is important to acknowledge your networks and the people who have helped you on your journey in life.

I recently explained my venture to my Sensei, Andy Dickinson, and he has offered his support.  This is very important as Shinbudo, the martial arts system developed by Sensei, has had a positive and ongoing impact on my life’s journey.

Martial Arts Schools that teach Shinbudo can be found on my Friends page.

Thanks Sensei, for your positive impact on so many people.


Bushidō ~ Respect

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Website Live and Being Developed


The website is coming together nicely and I am busy creating collateral material and course documentation.

Everything at present is work in progress but I would love to field any enquiries to explain what Corporate Samurai offers and to receive any feedback on the site.

Looking to launch in the next few months

As a side note, I am finding WordPress incredibly easy to use and build a site with.  Amazing.

Cheers all


Think Lightly Of Yourself And Deeply Of The World. (Musashi: Dokkōdō)


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Corporate Samurai Under Construction

Watch this space – Corporate Samurai under construcion

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