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Old 01-14-2009, 10:46 AM   #3
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Re: Pros and Cons of Video

The Form you Learn

The “form” shapes you. It presses you to work your muscles and sinews. It expands your brain into regions that you would not ordinarily take yourself.

Yet, it takes daily discipline. To submit oneself to the form’s rigors one must become rigorous.

Absorbing, grasping and manipulating can only be done in the “usage” of the form. Speed, timing and rhythm are “variable” against an opponent. As such, the form is a depository as well as a prison.

As such, it's not what you currently see in the "mirror". This is the trap. It is the "form", of the teacher, the method, the philosophy that you aspire to become. When you have done so, this is the beginning of truly "seeing yourself".

Joseph T. Oliva Arriola
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