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Matthew's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-19-2008 12:49 PM
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Entries: 98 (Private: 18)
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Views: 109,693

Entries for the Month of October 2011

In General Generalization Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #15 New 10-27-2011 12:23 PM
People make too many generalizations.
Of course it's a natural part of learning and operating, but it is something that seems to make a lot of problems. It's based in presumption, which leaves a person somewhat more dependant on outside factors. In conversations it can distract from valid points; in fights is can get you hurt. My attraction to martial arts has to do with the general idea of awareness: both internal and external awareness; each one informing the other. One of the key aspects to this that comes to my mind is the ability to perceive subtle differences. When I was training regularly there wasn't an uchi deshi program at my dojo, but I often served similar functions (small parts of the role). I consider this kind of training to be very useful, even though there isn't often any kind of obvious "martial" technique/method involved, because it forces you to pay very close attention to what is going on around you; to read the needs and wants of the people around you.
Recently I read the chronicles of D'artagnan (didn't end anything like I guessed it would), and one of the characters, Athos, has a lacky named Grimaud whom he has trained to understand what to do in any situation without many, if any, verbal cues. It describes how Athos would make a slight gesture most people wouldn't even notice, but Grimaud would be able to figure out everything that would be needed.
Interestingly enough, the training was described as being very severe by today's standards. In s ...More Read More
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In General Iku Tama Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #14 New 10-12-2011 04:44 AM
A flicker of fire in the soul is formed
the wilds of passion explode
until superfluid mind is poured
and chaos dances controlled.

Wrapped in rapt yet open-ended lines
360 degrees of infinity
again I consult the pouring of my mind
and find a shine confined in me.

Fire and water with air conspire
essential pressures elate
the tumbling forces and clouds retire
and peel aside the shade of fate

Eyes are blind for so is mind
except when given the chance
to free themselves of hells that bind
and opened up to dance.
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