"The Skills of self-protection, which should provide a feeling of inner peace and security for the martial artist, so often develops without a balance in the personality and lead the lesser martial artist into warped realms of unceasing conflict and competition which eventually consumes him."
~Toshitsugu Takamatsu (1889 - 1972)
"If you are interested in warriorship, why beat around the bush? Why the "reality" training, and the ultimate fighting and all this? Why not join the Marines? Go to Iraq or Afghanistan. That's reality. Help others throw off oppression. That's a warrior's job. Ahhh, maybe your real goal is to prove to yourself and/or others that you are tough. OK, that's understandable. But, be careful."
"By the way, I don't think you have to be a Marine (or soldier or cop) to follow the warrior path. I just think that fighting for fun or ego is NOT the way. There's nothing wrong with it, necessarily. But it is self-centered. Warriorship is about defending others. That's my opinion."
IMO those are words from two wise men.