The Fist and the Glove!
Now do some stretches,
and make the day go right
by working out!
I had an interesting conversation during class
the other night.
I’m not teaching large classes these days,
I’m sort of gearing to a transition to Monkeyland,
so I teach a small bunch,
and I work on curriculum
the line up of arts I teach,
how to matrix them to best effect
so I can turn out a bunch of maniac monks
in the shortest time possible.
after I get a student through
the basics of karate and kung fu,
get him going on the grab arts,
and know that he pretty much understands
everything there is to understand in the martial arts
I start talking about something I call
the glove and the fist.
Anybody can be a fist,
but who can be a glove?
being a glove is so simple
that it is hard.
Simply give up things like
anger and fear and tears
and those sorts of things
and see the world as it really is.
If somebody throws a fist at you
are you going to be a fist or a glove?
Do you understand?
the trick is simple,
don’t be apart from him,
be with him.
So what if he is your enemy,
so what if he is angry.
Just accept him,
and take the fist for what it is…
A fist thrown in anger
if received the right way,
can help you lose your own anger,
rise above yourself
and find the source of your true humanity.
we go to the movies
and we are thrilled with the concept
of smackin’ some fool,
of beating the bad guys,
of being the hero and getting the girl.
Much harder to find yourself.
To put aside the Hollywood scripts
and learn how to embrace your fellow man
when he is at his angriest.
But isn’t that what the true art is all about?
it’s easy to fight,
it is easy to hit, hurt, punch, maim, destroy…
it’s hard to open your heart and say
‘thank you for that punch,
I’ll try not to hurt it.’
So think about that when you are working out,
when you are learning how to break a knee
or knock a guy out,
or other such good things.
Those are the tools that we must learn
so that we can put them aside.
if you don’t learn them,
you can’t really put them aside.
here is the art I am teaching
when I start talking to my fellows
about the fist and the glove.