A Martial Art Win!
Got a great win for you.
I am writing this in response to the Create Your Own Art course.…
…I came to a realization of the whats, hows, & wherefores of my past “Art Creation” missteps. I figured out that I had “borrowed” too heavily, tried to include too many diversified ‘Traditional’ techniques. The whole of it quickly became frustrating & over-complicated!
–Sorry, got ahead of myself there–Maybe you’ll recall I mentioned briefly, a while back, that in ’97-98, I attempted to dissect 3 different Karate styles, my admittedly limited knowledge of Kung Fu, Tai Chi, & Judo, then re-assemble them into a cohesive whole. Tried to compile a comprehensive list or a “Matrix” of similar &/or overlapping Basics, techniques, forms, etc..
That attempt was a very limited success. I’ve learned, realized, figured out since, it was ignorance & inexperience that was my ultimate downfall/undoing. What I did find & combine was a mish mash of moves & sequences that were ‘almost’ or ‘not quite’ workable. It was too bulky, or top heavy. The ‘Hard’ Beginner & Intermediate levels were fairly solid, but the Advanced Levels were too cumbersome, too eclectic, too diverse. I tried/wanted to include some (rather ineffectual) showy & flashy stuff- cause it looked good. The “Advanced” stuff desperately needed paring down. The ‘Softer’ side was in actuality scattered, sparse, inconsistent, & was weak because of that. It was pretty much a hot twitching mess!
In the interim since, I’ve determined it to be a failure & all but forgot about it- until I stumbled across you & Matrixing. Over the past 11-12 months since discovering your courses, I have more or less, been sampling, perusing, wading through, absorbing, & sometimes nearly drowning, in the massive amounts of Data!
I believe I’ve gotten a relatively fuzzy Mosiac, or at least a general “feel” for your approach to the Martial Sciences/Arts. Now I believe it time for me to continue by focusing in on 1 Art at a time, & do a comprehensive linear study of each.
So, when the day comes, that I do decide to build my own style- I have the necessary info, & guideline, I WILL have all the Martial Data that could possibly require, in abundance.
I have the confidence that when I construct my own Art, it will be based on a workable & proven program. My next attempt will not be an attempt at all, but a foregone conclusion. If for some reason I am unsatisfied, the fault will lie in my architecture, not the building blocks or raw materials.
Thank You for this opportunity once again to learn, re-build, & then be able to properly instruct, to teach, to share my Vision w/ others.