Okay, I've been doing the martial arts since mid last century. I've lived through judo in the fifties, karate in the sixties, kung fu in the seventies, and stick fighting and shadow warriors and the UFC, and I've analyzed durn near every art there is. I've made up a list of things that I should have known before I started.
The point here is that classes were where you worked out, and not where you talked. However, and it was years before I realized it, the reason a lot of people did not talk was because they did not know anything. So are you ready for things you should know before you start the martial arts.
I wish people would have told me that pain hurts, and if I had known the truth about pain it would not have hurt so darn much. The pain of a block, for instance, can go either go into the blocker or into the striker, depending upon which person has more intention. It's not a matter of tough, its a matter of which way you want the energy to go, and the energy will go in the direction of the superior mind.
I wish somebody would have told me what the purpose of my body parts was for. Why it matters how you angle your bones and structure, and why it matters which side of the bone the muscle is on. For that matter, maybe somebody should have just told me I had a head and I could think with it!
This matter of how a body works could have made the martial arts ten times easier if someone 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. How much each part weigh, what is the ratio of muscle to body part, how far does each body part have to move to stay with the whole body, how much effort is required for each body part.
Speaking of using the body as one unit, if somebody had explained that it was not just harmony inside your body, but how harmony extended into your life, then I would have had a ten times easier life. Heck, life is so much easier when you get along with your fellow man! If somebody had just told me to love my enemy that would have made me a real martial artist!
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 gotten to the end faster, maybe even gotten further, maybe even learned more! The point here is that I could have learned all the things that I ever figured out faster, and then I would not be gripping about all the things that I should have been told.
Ah, the things I did not know, they slowed me down, held me up, but, at last I know them. Even more important, you know them, so you are not going to be lazy or held up in your march progress! Without, of course, you want to think you know it all when you do not.
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