When the musical group Survivor released a single called “Eye of the Tiger,” Sylvester Stallone requested that it be Rocky III’s theme song, after they were unable to get permission to use Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Since the song’s release, there have been several definitions for “eye of the tiger,” including one relating to awareness.
Awareness is related to many other words, including the following:
Being conscious applies to being aware of a physical feeling or a sensation. Being sensible is being aware of something that is not expressed; a person just knows. Being mindful is having awareness or knowledge of something, especially through personal experience. Being alert is about what a person can feel, see, hear, touch, or taste.
Even Mahatma Gandhi knew the importance of being aware: “They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigour.”
Eye of the tiger can also relate to being on guard or being vigilant. Awareness is very important to martial artists, whether you do it for personal fitness, motivation, or discipline. To teach martial arts or to compete, martial artists should always be aware in many different ways. Additionally, awareness can help keep you safe and help you avoid potentially dangerous situations.