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September 2002

Volume 4 Issue 9

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Age performance

     Put a 16 year old up against a 50 year old and what is going to be the result?  Outside the martial arts, the 16 year old probably hasn't developed the mental capacity of fear, in the frontal portion of the brain, to the point of holding back and the 50 year old may have developed too much fear or respect to be efficient.  This is what happens in life and it's perfectly normal.  Within the arts though, we mold the youngster into an "older" individual and with the older, vice versa.  This has to take place at  both age extremes or neither will be "worth their salt".  You will learn more on this as time goes by.

Putting things into perspective

     Sight, mental focus, strength and speed.  As your martial arts training advances, your thoughts will vary somewhat with the above entity's even though you know what part they play within the true art of strategy.  Everyone's strategies will vary because of the variances of the above four items.  The end result of any individual strategy though, should always be same.  How is that possible?  It's possible because of proper training and attitude.  That sounds simple enough, but proper training is hard to find and developing or changing an existing attitude can be very difficult.  Within the arts, the easiest item to change is the "outward" appearance of attitude.  You'll find out in a hurry, that a poor attitude will be "adjusted" by your instructor and there isn't anything you can do about it except quit, if that's your choice.  But, when you think about it, that's a cowards choice and most individuals "macho" won't allow that to happen.  If you can "wait it out", you will find that your inner attitude will begin to change and you won't have to force the outer, as it will naturally follow.  Trust your instructor(s) and you will be better for it in the long run.

The most difficult

training "movement"

     If you had to guess, what is the most difficult movement that you have to perform, as far as the arts go?  Now think about it, in your own mind, before reading on further…….Alright, what did you come up with?  Unless you're much different than most and after you've been in the arts awhile, you'll find that the most difficult movement is getting yourself to class.  Once there, eventually, everything else just falls into place.  As you're being guided along, from here to there, that feeling of being tired and considering not showing up, is totally forgot about.  The result, mentally and physically, of doing just that, showing up, is worth more than money can buy.

The "Void"

     The "void" in anything that you do, is built from experience.  Without experience, you don't have any void to draw from.  You have to physically think of each and every entity of an action.  The only way that you can become efficient, in whatever you do, is through time.  What makes the "true" martial arts so difficult to master, is that it takes a lot of time, to develop the mental void.  If you have to think about performing a physical action, it is going to take a good bit longer to perform than if you did it automatically.  Physical sight is much slower that mental speed.  Mental speed is accomplished by the way of the eyes, transmitting information to the brain and the brain automatically instructing the movement of the body.  The speed of which this is performed, I would guess as in my case, must be at least 3 to 4 times and if you multiply that times the speed at which you have moved into the next phase and the next and so on, you get the point.  In 4 movements, I will be 12 to 16 times faster, than if I hadn't developed any void at all.

Learning from history!

     This short dissertation is pointed towards the members of the new Greenfield Academy.  You probably don't recognize who the picture is above this article, but it's Miyamoto Musashi.  Even the name probably doesn't help, but this individual and his "common sense" strategies, along with our descriptions, additions and workings, will become one of the most important elements in your martial arts training.  In most cases, history is necessary in advancing forward in time.  The members who have been in the system for awhile, understand "common sense" and where it comes from and with strategies, "common sense" strategies come from history and the understanding there of.  Without strategies that work, you just as well go out and punch a tree.  You will learn just as much and become injured more than need be.  Of course, you could brag to your friends as how you beat up your hands beating on a tree, and then got whipped by a cowardly bully, who just happened by, who couldn't break a balloon without help from his friends.  It may take you a while to understand the philosophical references of myself (Shihan) as above, but the longer you are around, the more sense they will make.  Any time your instructor mentions the word strategy, get out your notebook and write down anything and everything he has to say.  If you don't, you just as well go exercise in a gym somewhere.  The martial arts are more involved with developing the mind than proving how strong you are.  You are soon to find this out, if you are good enough to stick it out through the repetitious beginnings.  Every time the thought comes into your head that this technique or that, surely doesn't have anything to do with learning the martial arts, you better make a mental note that it is probably one of the most important void developing tools that you may need in the future.