Eight Seconds or Less is a martial arts blog that focuses on self-protection, martial arts history, concepts and techniques, MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, as well as other miscellaneous martial arts related topics.
This blog is called Eight Seconds or Less because most self-protection scenarios last about eight seconds or less. A lot of things can happen in that very short time, and whether we're prepared for that possibility can make all the difference. I am a student of the martial arts, continually seeking to increase my knowledge and expand my understanding of the arts.
Ensō is a Japanese word meaning “circle.” An ensō symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void. There is no modifying an ensō once it is created; it is seen as an “expression of the moment.” An ensō is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art.
This particular ensō is a broken circle, although some artists complete the circle. The broken circle for me symbolizes the recognition that our ideas of the absolute are inevitably incomplete; we always have more to learn. The tattoo on my right shoulder is of this ensō. This symbol also appears on my blog.
The ensō has no religious meaning for me. It is merely a reminder that our knowledge is incomplete, and this realization is where the search for true enlightenment begins. The ensō, which represents a brief moment in time, reminds me of how short my life is. Indeed, life is a flicker of a candle’s flame; one brief stroke of the brush on the canvas of the universe. I must, then, make the most of the life I have.