Being in the Moment
A bit cool and foggy out,
which is perfect for a work out.
Keeps your body cool,
and you can go longer.
I recommend it.
When I was young,
first starting out,
I was always impressed by stories
of who could beat up who.
People in the martial arts I never heard of,
and we would argue who would win in a fight,
and wasn’t it cool.
in spite of what I am about to say,
I don’t begrudge that.
If you’re young,
But after a while that sort of thing wears out.
Instead of perking up your ears in excitement,
you start to think,
by this time you are really into the martial arts,
beyond the flush of youth,
and into the depths of your soul.
you are learning how to get into the moment.
Nothing bores me worse than a war story.
Somebody suddenly wants to talk about
the time he hit somebody,
or got hit,
or the fight he saw,
even the fight he saw on TV.
what’s even worse,
is when he wants to describe it blow by blow,
what happened in some other moment.
In other words,
he is not in the moment now,
he is not now,
he is yesterday.
Which is to say,
he is not conscious of now.
Martial arts are like climbing a mountain.
and sometimes you have to climb particularly rough cliff.
So what would you think
if somebody took you out there
day after day
and made you climb the same cliff?
Never a different cliff,
always the same cliff.
Day after day.
We are not talking about polishing basics now,
which have to be done
fresh and alive
until you are doing them in unique moments of time.
We are talking about repeating the same moment in time.
We are not talking about doing something until every time you do it
it becomes a unique and separate moment,
we are talking about doing the same old same old thing,
the same moment in time.
When somebody comes to me,
and starts telling me about the time
he and Billy Bob got drunk,
and this really funny thing happened,
I want to scream.
I’m supposed to stand there and listen to a recording.
Something he has told time and time again.
Never a deviation,
not because it is cool,
but because it is cool in his mind,
it is a moment of time he can’t get away from,
He can’t get on with his life and find new and unique moments.
What I want is for him not to tell me a war story,
but to create a new and unique moment.
A moment of new now.
Where we laugh for the first time.
Not the hundredth time about something that was over
a hundred laughs ago.
Do you understand where you are going?
This is why you do forms.
Not to repeat them endlessly,
but to repeat them until they become intuition,
and each moment is fresh and unique and new.
what brought me about to all of this
is pretty interesting.
I was thinking about the fact
that people who study the martial arts
usually go into business for themselves.
Or end up in highly creative and unique positions.
If you go to school,
then you get trained to work in a factory.
That is the purpose of school.
It was actually stated so by Ford,
or one of those old time idiots,
back a hundred years ago.
These money guys were actually talking about
how great it would all be
when they got the educational machine turned around
so that people did what they were told,
and became good, little workers in their factories.
So if you go to school,
you end up a cog in a machine.
If you study martial arts,
you learn about things like reality,
what hurts and what doesn’t,
what is good to do and what hurts people,
how to be responsible.
How to take responsibility for your life.
Not how to be a worker.
And that train of thought
is what got me off on this
‘be in the moment’ thing.
Odd how the mind works.
Who woulda thunk.
I do want to tell you how unique you are.
Surviving that thing people call ‘education,’
and actually setting out on a path of real responsibility,
and being the real you.
make sure you keep going faster and further
Here’s the obligatory link…
It’s to rolling fists,
which is the best and fastest way
to learn how to fight with awareness.
how to be aware in a fight.
Rolling fists is a great way to be in the moment,
to be in a new and unique now.
have yourself a cool and awesome workout!
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