We are constantly surrounded by and continuously bombarded by innumerable entities that INFLUENCE everything about our entire being. Often we are searching for answers to questions that we do not yet fully understand and by not consciously understanding the totality of our questions, we very often are lost in a maze of possibilities and probabilities. In the study of the martial arts, there are nearly always far more questions than there are answers, however realistically that is but one of the “GIFTS” that the ancient creators of the original survival martial arts preserved for all of us.
When we “THINK” we “K-N-O-W” something, we rarely look closer and more deeply to see if by chance there could possibly be something woven into the fibers that we might be missing altogether, especially if we are use to relying on “NAMES” of things to lull us into “THINKING” that we “K-N-O-W” something. I continuously advise my students to always question everything, especially things that they are confident that they “K-N-O-W” completely, as it is extremely rare indeed that we truly “K-N-O-W” anything.
Every single movement of every single technique preserved in the ancient survival martial art, all have a multitude of “POSSIBLE” or “PROBABLE” implications and any one of those POSSIBLE or PROBABLE implications could conceivably radically change the dynamics of any given movement or technique plus its application and their results as well as effectiveness.
Often times in order to more fully understand something, WE MUST GO BACK, in order to find the answers to what we are seeking. Comprehending the totality or full spectrum of virtually any given martial art technique, we must look back more closely at its origin or what created the essence of the technique at the point that we are observing it. To find answers to vague questions that we aren’t really certain of, sometimes WE MUST GO BACK and look at the possible variables that have INFLUENCED the sequence of techniques, thereby creating deviations in techniques that we thought we knew because of familiarity of repetitive replication.
Our teachers and fellow practitioners, are a tremendous INFLUENCE in how we relate to nearly everything we encounter in our martial art studies, how we observe them and how we apply them and quite often their INFLUENCE can very often cause us to miss the whole camouflaged essence of how “WE SEE” the material we are being exposed to, as everyone’s perception differs. Basically everything we encounter in our everyday lives, not just martial art related material, is exactly the same way, as everything is relative and part of the “ONENESS” of all things.
If you watch TENNIS PLAYERS for example, each player holds his tennis racket the same way, but decidedly different from every other player and his body positioning, shifting and footwork is to the casual observer the same, only decidedly different from every other player. On the surface many things in life “APPEAR” to be the same, but on closer and more deeper scrutiny, virtually everything differs considerably, in some manner. This holds true in the formulation and progression of all martial art techniques, especially in the ever changing fluidity of spontaneous aggressive combat, just as it does in the course of a tennis match or any other sporting events.
What superficially appears to be the same, often changes radically when viewed from differing perspectives and virtually everything INFLUENCES those differing perspectives. Often times the response or reaction of your training partner or opponent, will radically change the technique you originally intended to apply, thereby creating an INFLUENCE that forces you to adjust your technique so that it blends with and ultimately dilutes your opponent’s actions.
The way our teachers define various aspects of what they are sharing with us and the emphases they place on certain phases of various techniques, definitely have very profound INFLUENCES on us, however those unintentional INFLUENCES, very well may mislead how we perceive specific aspects of various components of techniques thereby radically changing the actuality of it all.
Looking back to try to decipher why something was done a certain way or why or how someone or something reacted in a specific way to various stimulus, is one of our most common and efficient methods of finding solutions and answers to vague questions that we really aren’t sure of. Going back to various origins, can often help us SEE the various and often numerous INFLUENCES that have effected and eventually helped create what it is that we are observing, helping us understand things just a little better.
Remember virtually EVERYTHING we have some form of contact with INFLUENCES us, our decisions and our lives in so many ways, plus “WE” also “INFLUENCE” everyone we come in contact with in some way or another, so always be as careful as possible how you approach and ultimately handle any situation you might find yourself in regardless of circumstance.
Remember there are NO POSITIVES OR NEGATIVES in life, only “TEACHERS” that continuously INFLUENCE us and it is always up to us individually to utilize those INFLUENCES to the best of our ability for the betterment of mankind.