“Slow and steady wins the day” by Patrick Parker

“Aiki folks and some judo folks like to talk about the potential for technique and wisdom, skillfully applied to triumph over strength and size and speed. But then sometimes this seems like a pipe dream – wishful thinking. A week ago I got to see a great example of slow and steady beating out natural athleticism. Here’s the story.”

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  1. …as age has forced me to slow down a bit, and realize that I will only slow down more, I’ve tried to find virtue in that speed. The virtue for me is that I’ve had to clean up my trajectories and transitions. Asotei practice is normal for me since I went astray a couple decades ago, and is also pretty useful for clean up work.

  2. Fast speed is irrelevant in training. Watch the taiji/bagua masters doing their drills in slo-mo. And then blink and miss everything when they apply it for real. You won’t begin to learn until you practice slowly and deliberately. If a technique will not work SLOWLY, it certainly will not in real life when real opponents don’t cooperate. Using speed to fudge a technique is a bad training trajectory which works against you and adds only to self deception. The “slow” learner and “slow” practice will translate to impossible deeds. Watch footage of O’Sensei S-L-O-W-L-Y defeating a very fast attack by a fit young man, and ask yourself WHY? Watch the relaxed motion of a good wrestler and ask why it is more effective than rushing. For that matter simply drive at the legal speed and get there before the noisy hot rod and ask what is going on here?
    Just wait and see, young Knox is going to become a master of renown! He’s got it!

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