Friday, February 26, 2021

Be Like Water

 so water is always a good example right so like bruce lee said be like water because water has no mind right so water by default is present for us in neutral


so then the question becomes


if I'm not going to use


past experience I'm not going to train technique right I'm not going to use my reflex or technique to act especially in martial arts context right then how am I going to do something because we still need to be able to let's say defend ourselves because we're talking about martial arts right so we just call it self defense so in that case, I still need to be able to finish a fight


so if I'm not going to use reflex I'm not going to use a technique in order to finish the fight then what am I going to be able to use and essentially that will come down to two things tension and pressure


so it's internal tension and external pressure


so internal tension is basically that is our 13 points or you can say the 13 points define internal tension is the balance of yin yang muscles pulling in the body so that as I move as I change


the tension the internal tension between the muscles that that interplay is changing and I want to maintain a certain quality of that internal tension that is defined by the 13 points that we call the balance of macrocosmic


is the overall balance of yang in the body that as I move I'm always maintaining uh the balance of the inject muscles


the pressure the external pressure so in the solo exercises we always have some external pressure it's what it's the ground it's gravity and the pressure on our feet so again some overlap there with the 13 points because we're talking about the nine solid and one empty and we're talking about the center of gravity force that is applying some external pressure or an external load to the body in this case at the bottom of the feet with a opponent partner then we have a point of contact now so then from the point of contact we have the cross that tells us what's happening with the pressure we have the relationship of circle to center center to center center with cross and just by simply observing the pressure moment to moment the pressure can tell us what to do so water is always a good example right so like bruce lee said be like water because water has no mind all right so water by default is present for us in neutral it's simply obeying the in the tension the internal tension so water has its own surface tension and the pressure the external pressure of gravity and as it's flowing from high pressure to low pressure if there's an obstacle in the way in other words it's like something full the water will flow around if there's nothing in the way so if we talk about that it's empty the water can simply continue to flow through unless the water is so big has so much force behind it then full and empty anymore doesn't matter because it can just crash through and so we want to develop that skill of being like water from that point of contact tells me if this is full i flow around if it's not full i just flow in or i already know that i have enough power that i can just crash through full or empty then it doesn't matter anymore i can just attack it directly uh and again this the pressure is already there it's just a matter of whether or not that you can observe it to know


to know full and empty and to know whether you can just attack it attack the fullness or you need to flow around uh so this is again it's present form and sin and neutral so it's how we want to tune our mind as we train that on the physical side of training we have our diagnostic checklists we have the checklist of the six physical principles and we have the checklist of the 13 points to scan ourselves to be observing the balance of the internal tension between the yin muscles yang muscles and then on the mental side because we're talking ab trend right mental physical so on the mental side now we have the three mental factors to constantly guide our training to use as a diagnostic checklist so that I can observe my mind while I train at my president and my formless in my control am I behaving like water right now is my mind like water I simply observe the pressure and the tension and I harmonize with the pressure and attention or am I trying to do something


does that make sense and so it's in a lot of uh martial arts they talk about intent right or will but in elite we talk about the e as just being attention like the mirror right that's just reflecting back what's in front of it.