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"Ideally, your self-defense will never get physical. Avoiding the situation and running or talking you way out - either of these is a higher order of strategy than winning a physical battle." - Wise Words of Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Chapter 7: after, subparagraph 7.1:medical

"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon

Warning, Caveat and Note: 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.

Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.

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What is the hardest thing to learn in martial arts?

Wow, love this one and there could be many, many answers. Bet the readers can provide about a million answers to this question. Some might say learning to do the jump spinning back kick while others might say applying a specific pressure/vital point technique - take your pick.

The hardest thing anyone can learn in the martial arts is, "self-honesty!" The ability to see any and all obstacles encountered in the training and practice from the view that if it goes well or not so well it is because you did not do something correctly, i.e. failed to follow a fundamental principle, etc. Self-honesty in that you are "brutally critical of yourself." Not so brutal that you end up hindering your training and progress but a form that allows you to see truth and to have the intestinal fortitude to "change" and "correct."

We as humans, my speculation and theory, tend to look "outward" to the answers. If we lose an encounter we automatically tend to lay blame on something totally out of our control. We would allow ourselves to say it is ok cause it ain't my problem when in reality every experience and its effects are always a direct result of us, what is inside us, etc.

In martial arts the body-mind connection is critical. The body-mind principle [read the book, "The Book of Martial Power," in this book will provide more information regarding this subject matter.

If we delude ourselves, fool ourselves, encode false beliefs and perceptions then we lose. Only by our ability to self-analyze ourselves, our honesty with ourselves, only then can we truly learn and apply martial arts.

I quote, "The state of the  mind effects the state of the body; the state of the body effects the state of the mind. As the mind perceives, so the body follows. ...  As martial artists we require a deeper, more specific understanding of how each effects the other."

Perlman, Steven J. "The Book of Martial Power: The Universal Guide to the Combative Arts." New York. The Overlook Press. 2006.

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