Do Nothing

My student gave the best quote on learning and enlightenment in a long time. Too bad it wasn’t recorded so I can’t quote him verbatim.

He was working through Step-Up, Parry & Punch. He was relying too much on arm movement.

Many adjustments and explanations later he said that all these years he was finding ways to move but all he really had to do was do nothing.

This is one interpretation of the principle of seeking stillness in motion. It takes careful study to be able to do a lot while really doing little; so little its as if one is doing nothing and just letting it happen.

Such learning realization is a good reason for studying forms carefully cause these gems are scattered throughout. However, until you put in the time and effort to carefully study the form you will not realize that the secrets are in your hands yet they will not reveal themselves without your own effort.

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