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torbjornsaw 11-19-2011 01:10 AM

Liquid Metal
 
Body conditioning or forging the body into a sharp blade is the fundamental work any martial artist need to do. Some do it more than others and reap the fruit of it. Some harden their body from the outside, some focusing on the inside. Metal bar arms, solid iron bodies, supple and loose joints; there is no end to the training you can do. Our most famous examples of martial heroes where all training fanatics. My first teacher said; "Train, and you will get it". Not to overlook the importance of a good teacher, we need to want to train with the best. Look around you, where are they? Depending on what you want/prefer you'll choose your teacher. They usually excel in one or two things, or three or four if advanced. Their students all pay their respects, follow close behind, learn the program, and fall like dolls when ukemi is mastered. Cross-training is such a misunderstood thing. In a duel, being a well rounded artist we allow the other to choose the weapons, confident on our victory. Having built a solid house we par it with others and receive accolades for having the firmest foundation. All well and good till you meet your match, someone who even trained more than you. Guest and host determines what we will play. Being the host we can impress our indulgences. Look! do you see? How easy it is to fancy oneself special. In every area we find them. Masters in their own field, happy to share the knowledge. Group together and determine friend and foe. Slot in and find your natural place.
Ah where were we? yes, body conditioning. Alongside building a solid foundation we interact. Itself helping the foundation to become more stable and supple. Jointly we advance, growing softer and stronger by the year. Some err on the side of softness, some on the side of hardness. Some are hard, some soft, can't really change that. How you hate it when someone crushes your hand in a handshake. Equally you dislike an unengaged wet handshake. It's not about being individual, proud of this or that. When you meet, how do you do it? Be like water, Bruce said. How about liquid metal? Or a warm human hand, full of softness yet strong. Not breaking nor forcing a shake. On solid ground yet without need to stand alone. Being in a relationship takes two. Aikido takes two.

SeiserL 11-19-2011 04:59 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Nicely said.

Compliments and appreciation.

We forge the body, mind, and heart (spirit doesn't need forging) through the intent and intensity of our everyday lives.

Lyle Laizure 11-19-2011 09:02 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 297458)

(spirit doesn't need forging)

Maybe I take this out of context, but why doesn't the spirit need forging?

graham christian 11-19-2011 09:24 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Lyle Laizure wrote: (Post 297471)
Maybe I take this out of context, but why doesn't the spirit need forging?

It does need polishing though, after which the rest is forged naturally.

Regards.G.

torbjornsaw 11-19-2011 09:40 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

graham christian 11-19-2011 09:50 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Maybe the flesh is willing but the spirit is weak.

G.

torbjornsaw 11-19-2011 09:54 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Indeed

torbjornsaw 11-19-2011 09:58 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
His Holiness Hui Neng, who became the great Sixth Patriarch of Ch'an (Japanese Zen) was a poor illiterate peasant boy from Hsin Chou of Kwangtung. One day, after he had delivered firewood to a shop, he overheard a man reciting the following line from the "Diamond Sutra" - "Depending upon no-thing, you must find your own mind." Instantly, Hui Neng became Enlightened. The full verse said: "All Bodhisattvas (Compassionate Ones) should develop a pure mind which clings to no-thing whatsoever; and so he should establish it."

graham christian 11-19-2011 10:42 AM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
I like it. The gateless gate.

Regards.G.

SeiserL 11-19-2011 01:28 PM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Lyle Laizure wrote: (Post 297471)
Maybe I take this out of context, but why doesn't the spirit need forging?

IMHO, spirit is fine and complete as it is.

SeiserL 11-19-2011 01:29 PM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Graham Christian wrote: (Post 297481)
The gateless gate.

There is no liquid and there is no metal.
There is no coming and there is no going.
There is no gate.

Mark Freeman 11-19-2011 02:31 PM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 297495)
There is no liquid and there is no metal.
There is no coming and there is no going.
There is no gate.

Hi Lynn,

compliments and appreciation,

for saying much more with much less.

regards,

Mark

torbjornsaw 11-19-2011 02:47 PM

Re: Liquid Metal
 
Quote:

Lynn Seiser wrote: (Post 297495)
There is no liquid and there is no metal.
There is no coming and there is no going.
There is no gate.

You imposter!


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