Martial Arts is Wisdom and Knowledge!
I’ve been practicing the martial arts for over four decades. I’ve lived through the arts of the decades, judo in the fifties, karate in the sixties, kung fu in the seventies, and so on, and I’ve analyzed durn near every art there is. I’ve made up a list of things which I wish people would have told me before I first started.
The point here is that classes were where you worked out, and not where you talked. Unfortunately, the reason a lot of people didn’t talk was because they didn’t know anything. So are you ready for things you should know before you start the martial arts.
I wish people would have told me the truth about pain, then it wouldn’t have hurt so darn much. The pain of a block, for instance, can go either way, it can go into the blocker or into the striker, depending upon which one has more intention. It’s not a matter of tough, its a matter of which way you want the energy to go, and it goes following the direction of the more superior mind.
I wish somebody would have sat down and told me what all the body parts are for, because learning would have been ten times easier if I had known the purposes of the body parts. Why it matters which way you turn the bones, and why it matters which side of the bone the muscle is on. A very important point could have been made if somebody had just told me I had a head and I could think with it!
The martial arts would have been ten times easier if somebody had explained why and how all the parts had to work together. This is a thing called harmony, and when the body has harmony, then intention can flow through the body and make it ten times more efficient. If I had only known how much each body part weighs, the ratio of muscle to body part, how far each body part has to move to stay with the whole body, how much effort is required to move each body part.
Speaking of harmony, if somebody had explained that it was not just harmony inside the body, but harmony outside your body, then my whole life would have been ten times easier. Heck, getting along with your fellow man takes all the tussle out of life. And the truth of love your enemy wold have made me a real martial artist of quality and magnitude.
Probably the most important thing somebody could have told me would have been to work harder. Heck, if I had worked harder I would have reached the end of the martial arts faster, maybe even gotten further, maybe even learned more! The point here is that I could have learned all the things that I eventually figured out faster, and then I wouldn’t be griping about all the things that I should have been told.
Ah, the things about the martial arts I didn’t know, they were so great, but, at least I know them now. Even more important, you know them, so you don’t have to be slow or stupid or lazy or things like that! Unless, of course, you want to pretend that I didn’t say anything.