Mental & PhysicalWritten by Guru Bruce Ogle
All through the many years I have been involved with the martial arts, I have noticed that nearly all teachers and mentors seem to always emphasize the physical aspects of training. Humans normally discern information through three avenues, however there are others.
The most commonly utilized receptors are VISUAL, as we recognize and discern data by SEEING images with our eyes. AUDITORILY, humans receive informative data by “HEARING” it with our ears and, (this might surprise you), through our skull, as our skull is very similar to a TUNING FORK and receives sound waives multi-directional. KINESTHETICALLY, with our sense of touch and feeling. Most people do not realize that “ALL” of these NATURAL RECEPTORS can also be easily manipulated and or deceived.For example “OPTICAL ILLUSIONS” often confuse what we think we are seeing, just as sounds can come from many diverse angles and directions and often we feel something that is not what we are actually touching at all.
For countless years I have heard authoritative scholars give reference to muscle memory, when muscles do not and cannot remember anything, as what is being referred to is simple nerve reflex. Martial art teachers and mentors also put great emphasis on physical body conditioning & development, which will actually come naturally, as it is encompassed as an integral portion of the overall development of ability in the martial art.
Many competitive martial artists and as well as other athletes have come to me seeking information regarding “HOW TO DEVELOP THEMSELVES PHYSICALLY,” so that they can achieve great physical condition to excel at their respective sport. I give them all the same answer, which is so “SIMPLE”, that they basically refuse to accept my suggestion and go do what other athletes are doing in their particular disciplines. My suggestion to them all is, simply do what you are required to do, in your discipline and nothing physically, other than that.