The Key to Finding Perfection in the Martial Arts
Happy Santa Anas!
The Santa Ana’s are the big winds here in LA,
it’s fun to work out with them whistling through you.
it’s time to find out what perfection in the martial arts is.
Had a great talk with a bunch of students the other day,
and I mentioned finding perfection in the martial arts.
So what is perfection in the martial arts?
It’s an interesting question,
one that nobody ever really asks,
they just talk about it,
and assume they know what they‘re talking about.
It’s when you can ‘one punch/one kill’ somebody.
It’s when your form is perfect.
It’s when you understand the secret of the universe.
But nobody knows what perfection really is.
I defined it in The Master Instructor Course,
and tell you how to get it.
let’s talk about the short version.
Let’s talk about one of the things that I learned
way back when
that put me on the path to,
or at least understanding
what perfection is.
I was in an aikido class,
and the instructor said,
‘The perfect art cannot be felt.’
that was zen.
And it started me thinking.
He was talking about blending your defense
with the attack.
He was talking about moving your body
totally in synch with the incoming attack,
so that the opponent didn’t actually feel you
even when you took control of his body.
And he was talking about a high level of energy,
profound spiritual awareness,
there’s more to it.
I took what he said
and applied it too ground rolling.
A perfect circle has no corners.
Because if you have a corner,
something will thump on the mat,
and then there is no perfection.
I spent a lot of time
figuring out how to roll without making any noise.
And it translated as:
the perfect art has no sound.
And I took that and applied it to karate.
I learned to move
without being heard.
My feet didn’t slap the mat,
not even my gi rustled,
and the only sound
was the smack of my fist hitting flesh.
The other night I came across the 1935 video of Morihei Ueshiba.
There was no sound.
He threw people,
and the only sound was them hitting the mat.
But of him,
there was no sound,
no foot fall,
no whisper of motion.
The perfect art can’t be heard,
for that matter,
And that is the sort of thing I endured
to figure out the seven principles of the body,
and the six secrets of how to make ANY technique work,
which are all on The Master Instructor Course,
along with a lot of other nifty stuff.
Have a great work out!
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