This is a comment which comes up often along with the subsequent question “How can I make my punches stronger?”
Despite the apparent simplicity of the question, it is actually a difficult one to answer because one has to assume that the person stating this is not just desirous of more powerful punches, but is actually wanting a better combat response.
As the head of a martial arts centre, there is a lot of pressure to appear perfectly confident and poised at all times. This is what is often expected of a professional martial artist.
The motivated, positive and confident exterior is of course not always a true representation of what I am facing inside. I am human just like everyone else. We all struggle. Even those who claim that they don’t.
Most martial arts systems focus on providing students with the technique and power to intervene in a combat situation. There comes a time in every striving Martial Artist’s career when he or she has understood enough about technique and power to be able to physically intervene in a fairly effective manner.
If this martial artist is truly a striving martial artist, this will not be enough. They will continue to try to develop this power and control. To hone their skills more and more through ever deeper and more arduous levels of training and meditation.
This is the true path of a martial artist. To strive for perfection.
I've watched the news with interest over the New Year period as I'm sure many of you have. I have enjoyed the comedy inherent in the public announcements by various politicians of their personal New Year's Resolutions. I call it comedy because their New Year's Resolutions amount to nothing more than doing the job that they have been voted in to do. I don't think the politicians involved intended their announcements to be humorous at all. In fact, I think that they expected the general population to be supportive and impressed with their commitment.
A little while ago I was following a group discussion on LinkedIn and a question about references to posture in Tai Chi classical literature arose. The question was something to the effect of: “In the Classics it says: the head should be stretched as if by a silken thread. But what use is that? What purpose does it serve?”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Whether you adhere to the belief structure that makes Christmas a special time or not, most people reading this will be looking forward to spending Christmas with family, friends and the special people in their lives. Not to mention the food, fun, prezzies, beach trips (depending on your local climate), camping, barbecues and other forms of holiday cheer. It’s a time to recalibrate, recharge and consider the year that has passed in perspective. For many people it’s a time to relive their childhood perhaps through the eyes of their own children. For some, it’s a time to redefine the things that are most important to them.
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