Why You Should Learn a Second Martial Art
What a way to start the week!
A great work out,
that is the only way.
So go do it,
and I’ll tap my toes until you’re back.
let me explain why you should learn a second martial art.
many of you already understand,
especially if you have already learnt other arts.
But here goes…
if you know a hard martial art,
there is TREMENDOUS benefit
in knowing a soft martial art.
it changes the way you think about your hard art,
and improves your abilities at your hard art.
if you know Karate,
the highest realm of karate
is done with softness.
You still snap your blocks,
but you use less energy to create more impact.
You may not understand this
if you only learn a hard art,
but it will likely become obvious if you learn a soft art.
And if you know a soft art,
you should learn a hard art.
So many people can’t make their soft arts work,
but if they do a hard art,
they learn ALL sorts of things about reality,
about what a punch really is,
and then their soft art works so-o-o much better. And even things like health benefits work MUCH better if you understand how your art really works.
that is the obvious answer,
a simply hard to soft, soft to hard concept.
let’s talk about ALL the arts.
One reason for learning as many arts as you can
is that it improves your understanding
of the different ranges of the martial arts.
Taekwondo might give you feet,
Karate might give you hands,
jujitsu might give you throws,
and so on.
Blending all these arts will make you
a more complete martial artist.
There is also the geometric aspect to the arts.
Each art describes different geometries,
or ways of manifesting and handling energy.
Karate is a hard line with impact.
Kung Fu is more circular with impact.
Aikido is circular with no impact.
Tai Chi is circular but with soft impact.
And so on.
my descriptions are going to be liquid.
Different people will see and absorb
different arts in different manners.
But this is a start.
Here is an article in which I discuss some of this stuff…
the above all being noted,
let me offer one other thing.
Matrixing is the only thing that will allow you
to combine martial arts
so they come together smoothly.
shotokan is a solid stance platform
that does not support the circular hands of Kenpo.
and you will see how to do this.
And there are examples of this ‘non-meshing’
in virtually every possible combination of arts.
But matrixing willg et you through it
so it all makes sense,
and so that all arts become one.
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and make you into a more complete martial artist.
the more complete your arts are,
the more complete you are.
Have a great work out!
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