There are many modes of freestyle,
and I want to tell you about one,
it’s one of my favorites,
and I use it when I want to make a point,
make a student think,
or just to end the contest
in a way that is so unspectacular
that it is spectacular
and everybody goes ‘ooh!’
It is simply so short and sweet,
so concept oriented.
there are only four blocks.
The back of the wrist horizontal.
The palm horizontal.
The back of the wrist vertical.
The palm vertical.
I’ll leave it to you
and a little practice
as to how to use these blocks.
the strike is a simple vertical punch.
You start it with the hand held open
in front of the body
fingers pointed towards your opponent.
you simply block,
A little practice,
and you would be shocked
at how well this works.
it works in freestyle.
there is more to it.
I figured this out
from doing Pan Gai Noon.
That’s one of the three complete arts
Evolution of an Art.
I did Pan Gai Noon,
analyzed the blocks and figured how the matrix of the art,
and saw what was possible.
in doing the Pan Gai Noon,
I learned how to drop my weight
fix myself to the ground
without appreciable change in stance.
The most I do is point the feet in,
sink an inch,
and that’s it.
I learned different things about
the tightness of the fist.
I had been doing the finger touching close the fist punch thing
for a long time.
Now i had to do it out of palm blocks and back wrists.
Most of all,
I learned different things about timing.
See, here’s the thing,
every art has different modes of timing
you have to figure out what each mode is,
you do enough modes,
you enter mushin no shin.
never thought it would be so simple.
But it makes sense.
Mushin no shin means mind of no mind.
But the mind is memory,
memory is time.
And that’s why I frequently refer to mushin no shin
as ‘Time of no time.’
Do without the memotyr,
and you are doing without time
and pereceiving things directly
as they are happening
with no memory filters.
here is the kicker.
It takes time to accumulate enough techniques,
especially if they are going to have
different modes of timing.
So you matrix.
you pick up karate.
You pick up kung fu and blinding steel,
whatever you happen to like,
the timing modes are different
so mushin no shin happens faster.
The courses are logical,
easier to do,
faster to make intuitive,
faster to know.
So somewhere in there,
sooner than later,
you’re going to mushin no shin.
These guys with LOTS of experience,
all they have to do
is read the data,
they already have the arts.
The arts get made logical,
everything makes sense,
they are there.
New guys have to start from the beginning.
the terrible misfortune with new guys,
they don’t have the platform of experience
to understand what I am saying,
so they read about
instead of do.
Old guys have already done.
New guys tie into the old ways,
but that’s okay,
I’ll see them in twenty years,
and we’ll make sense of their arts then.
They could have done it in a year or two.
what you gonna do, eh?
that’s about it.
I’m not really pushing mushin no shin this week,
that just sort of snuck in there,
popped out while I wasn’t looking.
I was more interested
in people accumulating more arts.
Evolution of an Art
It’s a massive amount of work,
books and videos,
gives you a tremendous amount of data.
And it’s fun.
It is just a blast
to work through these forms,
get some friends and play with the techniques,
and get better.
hope I see you on that page,
and you guys and gals have a great week,
and a great work out,
and I’ll talk to you later.
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