Things that Destroy Karate, Kung Fu and Aikido
Good hot afternoon!
109 degrees out here in la la land,
and we have two choices:
hide in air conditioning,
I opted to work out,
the rest of this day is going to be SOO-O-O cool.
things that destroy Karate, Kung Fu, Aikido,
or ANY other martial art.
Building reaction time.
Which means feeding the concept of ‘muscle memory.’
Muscle memory is a psychological concept,
and it means that you think you have to train your body,
much the way Pavlov trains a dog.
Think about that when your grandma
shuffles up behind you
taps you on the shoulder,
and you spin around and chop her frail old head off.
Her head lies,
bloody and cock-eyed,
staring up at you in hurt and dismay
while her body crumples into a pile,
and you did it all out of ‘muscle memory,’
knee jerk reaction.
This type of thought is based on the idea
that there is no you,
that there is only your body,
and you don’t have to be aware of what you are doing.
Whenever I find a student building ‘muscle memory,’
I tell them what a circuit is,
then I begin changing their training
so that they realize they must have choice.
They must be aware,
and able to choose from options.
Another thing that kills Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Kenpo,
or ANY other martial art,
The student is taught to fantasize their movements
as a destructive dance,
where hordes fall beneath their lightening fists.
The danger here is that fantasy is not reality.
When I see a student falling in love with fantasies,
or false realities,
I elect myself as their dummy
and keep injecting things like
punches in the middle of their deadly dances.
Why doesn’t my fantasy work? They moan,
rubbing their chests tenderly.
Try looking at reality,
I cheerfully offer.
Probably one of the most terrible things
that REALLY destroys the martial arts,
such as Jujitsu, Tai Chi Chuan, and Shaolin,
is the simple lack of relaxation.
People seek power,
and ignore the spaces between the techniques.
They never learn to see the hidden techniques,
and they become seduced by
and other things.
The simple fact of learning to relax
while doing the martial arts,
will do miracles.
all the tricks of the ancient masters
become obvious and easy.
You learn to unbalance others with a breath,
to strike with a finger
and leave a coconut-sized bruise.
think about it,
and think about the seven corrections
in the Master Instructor course.
These are the seven things you have to do
if you are going to have perfect form.
These seven things are so powerful
that people just read them,
and their art is changed.
They simply can’t do their art wrong anymore,
not when they know the right way to do things.
Okey fiddley dokey.
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