“Get good, then reduce strength to half and still make the technique work. Halve it again and keep reducing power until you can effect good result with a feather touch.”
Are some people born lucky?
No. It is within everyone’s reach. It comes from good training process.
Some guys, especially guys, train too hard too soon. They go at it like a bull in a china shop, or as someone recently said, “An octopus on crack-cocaine.”
That’s not training but a form of insanity that will either deliver or receive injuries, or both. I worry about guys like that, since telling them verbally goes in one ear and out the other. The only way is to take them down a notch or two, but that always contains an element of danger.
Training too hard, especially when you have no techniques, simply blinds you even more and slows down progress and the learning process stops. Injuries make it even worse.
Conversely, training too softly simply fails to get off the ground and falls into rote dancing and happy delusion. Until crunch time at least. Then it has been known to be the most unhappy of circumstances and the cruelest awakening.
The secret is learn to NOTICE and FEEL before mounting the pace. Escalate intensity G-R-A-D-U-A-L-L-Y.
The more you are in a hurry the slower you will progress. The more patient you are, the deeper and more precise the learning process, the more permanent the understanding and the faster you will arrive at the next level.
We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. It’s a true story. Be the tortoise.
When you begin to feel the technique, then notch the intensity and power up a bit. A little bit.
Get good, then reduce strength to half and still make the technique work. Halve it again and keep reducing power until you can effect good result with a feather touch.
Do the same with speed. Start off slow. Then slowly increase speed. Then remove the speed and see how slowly you can do the technique and it still works.
If you truly KNOW the technique and are not merely cooperating dance, it does not matter how slow you go, the technique will be just as effective. Slow right down. Make it work.
Understand that there are many nuances of training. For ready reference, flowing and static are good concepts to work with. As you advance, you may arrive at some measure of dynamic training. But in training, full dynamic training is impossible without high risk. Save that for the real thing.
By modulating speed and strength and handicapping the intensity, you will learn to see with the inner eye. You will feel the technique and not rely on your eyes to see it. You will see it inside.
This is a faculty that can be refined without end and one that will augment your budo to remarkable levels. If you find you can’t, or won’t train with eyes closed, simply dim the lights, use a candle and let it burn out. Or train at night beginning with the full moon and continue till new moon.
There are many other ways to handicap yourself in order to augment skill and that mystical radar that is the natural inner vision everyone has, but which in most people sleeps, because of lack of use and proper exercise.
Use you imagination, but above all, if you are safe in training, and you take care to be safe, you will double your sensitivity even more and increase your ability and skill exponentially.
Thereby your action will be even more effective when needed in application.
The truly best budoka are safest in training and yet most dangerous in real combat, not the other way around.
And the reason is that good training works to develop “radar,” the main 99% aspect of ki that really matters. That is what you will need to see clearly through real battle.
On the other hand blinded by ego and unfounded confidence that comes from erratic and poor training, you will defeat yourself long before an adversary will need to in a real event.
Train wisely and get radar.