When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
Solid, Liquid or Gaseous - Heterogeneous Training and Practice of Martial Systems
All of us have begun at the same level - solid. That is a rigidly followed path where you do exactly what you are taught for a long, repetitive and somewhat boring time. You have to spend the time here the most simply because it lays the foundation, the fundamental principles of the martial system. The shame of this is most dojo never realized for a number of reasons that this is a transitional state but due to the lack of awareness have remained in the solid state for their entire career's. This solid state must start to transform into a liquid state.
The liquid state is where the practitioner turns up the heat to forge a unique practice of martial systems, their system of choice - the system that is the foundation laid on the ground work done with the fundamental principles. This state or stage begins when a person reaches the level of Sho-dan, the initial stage of the black belt levels. If you have studied the philosophy of Bruce Lee you know he advocated a system that goes beyond the dogmatic adherence to specific patterns - the patterns are the blueprints that lead to the liquid state of practice.
As you progress and literally create ad-hoc a personally unique application of your system you begin to go beyond the liquid and due to the increased heat of forging the mind, body and spirit you start to reach a more gaseous state. The gaseous state is even less restrictive in nature where solids remain in a rock like form, liquid then allows to reach into the cracks and crevices exposed in the solid state filling them until the solid disappears completely leaving only liquid where continued efforts slowly heat to past the point where liquid can remain intact thus gaseous. Gaseous permeates everything and everywhere beyond that of liquid.
Liquid is still held to the gravity pulling it to the lowest levels within and around the solid slowly eroding it to simply liquid but gaseous is that state and ability that transcends any rules of the Earth allowing it to flow freely up, down, left, right and into any and everything on the Earth and in the Heavens which translates a state that is totally mushin, zanshin and present moment spontaneity.
Solid to Liquid and finally to Gaseous - enlightened application of martial systems in life! Heterogeneous - diversity of character, content and substance in the different phases of martial practice and training.