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.
Last edited by torbjornsaw : 11-19-2011 at 12:13 AM.