by Douglas Mase on 03/27/16
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." -Bruce Lee
There was a common saying I was told coming up through the ranks that , "When you tie on a black belt, tie on a white belt." I always thought that was true, that one needs to expand their martial arts understanding, but do we really?
Now don't get me wrong I am not saying that you shouldn't study, far from it, what I am saying is that do you even understand the art you are doing now. Everyone, including me, wants to learn "The next technique" but nine times out of ten they don't fully understand the techniques they already try to perform.
Lets look at Keith Liddell a boxer out of Chicago. As a boxer he has a narrower focus than a traditional martial artist, straight jab, cross, uppercut, roundhouse punch. Years he has spent refining these four punches until October 2012 he set a new world record, 581 punches in one minute.
Now lets take a look at that in real world context. The average human visual reaction time is 0.25 seconds. This means before you realize that he has even moved you have been hit two times and the third punch is already in bound. Now some will say that these fast little jabs do not mean much but now lets add some physics in the mix. F=Mass X Acceleration I think we will all agree he can not change the mass of his fist, (other than by Kinetic Linking) but with his greater acceleration he significantly changes the amount of force applied to the target.
So before we move on to the next big thing, the next takedown, the next throw, the next joint lock, lets make sure we have spent enough time to perfect the techniques we are supposed to have already learned.