How to Find the Unbelievable Wisdom in the Martial Arts
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I used to put a quote at the beginning of every newsletter.
This was a while ago,
so I thought it was time to put a little wisdom into this frothy thing.
Before I share the pearl,
let me say that what marks a man
is how abstract he is.
The abstract principles he puts forth and lives by.
So here is a nice, juicy one,
one that should make you think,
and hopefully consider EVERYTHING you have ever learned.
It is from my best friend,
Education is an admirable thing.
But it is well to remember from time to time
that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Nobody says it like the greats, eh?
considering Oscar’s aphorism,
I’d like to talk about learning.
When I was studying at the Kang Duk Won,
so many decades ago,
we would do these same old forms,
And we would learn.
One form would say:
handle a front punch this way!
And another form would say:
Handle a front punch this way.
Both techniques were correct,
but we would go to Bob (the head instructor)
and point out the different techniques
and ask him which was better.
He’d frown a little,
rub his chin with one hand,
they’re pretty good.”
Used to drive us nuts.
We wanted answers,
and he would just agree with us,
and say nothing.
What kind of instruction is that?
it turns out it was the best kind of instruction.
We were left to our own devices,
we made up our minds on our own.
that proved to be the biggest blessing.
And Bob would just keep teaching those same old forms
and people would keep learning,
and nothing ever changed.
I teach those same old forms.
I teach the matrix ing so that one can understand the truth of what they are doing,
and then I teach the same old forms that I learned.
But I never try to tell people that my way is the only way,
or that one technique is better than another.
If somebody has to tell you which technique is better
then you haven’t learned the technique,
you have learned what somebody else learned about the technique.
It’s sort of Socratic Teaching.
Don’t give the student answers,
give him questions.
But in the space of fine teaching
we don’t even have to give the questions,
the student will give himself the questions.
Just looking at the forms,
doing the forms,
will do that.
So here’s the forms I was taught.
I have made VERY few changes to them.
And those changes were always the result of MUCH introspection,
and MUCH examination of what works,
and whether the thing is aligned with matrixing principles.
And if you want the unchanged,
exactly as i learned them forms,
Three complete arts in this last one.
if you really want the gold,
and for an unbelievably cheap price,
speaking of principles,
I had an interesting email the other day.
A fellow wanted me to give him the matrix ing principles.
But there are no principles.
There are only graphs.
These graphs appear throughout the matrixing courses,
and help one define and design
the whole art.
From that whole picture one can then distill
what is perfect for oneself.
If one wants written principles
the best place to look is the books on Neutronics.
‘The Neutronic Viewpoint’
‘the 24 Principles’
These four books are available on Amazon,
you just need to do an Amazon search for ‘neutronic books.’
I’ve said enough,
I hope I’ve given you enough questions to make you look.
Have a great work out!
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