Physical Training is Observing Reality

If you wonder what squirrels could possibly have to do with Martial Arts, consider this quote by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim:

“Even if there were no martial arts systems in existence, ,we could still learn much about the valuable trains developed by these systems, like survival, self-defense, courage, discipline, and patience, just by watching nature.  It’s not by accident that many martial art forms incorporate the qualities of animals: the tiger, eagle, crane, bear, turtle, monkey.  The original martial arts masters observed valuable traits in these and other animals, then imitated them to extend their fighting skills.”

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Not much in this picture other than dirt and a rusty pipe, right?  Well, on closer look

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you’ll see a very smart animal under cover.  Or shall we say, “in cover.”

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And if you are the main food for this highly skilled hunter

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You would look for cover too!

For both, hunter and hunted, it’s a matter of survival.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s words apply to both sides:

“Now is all there is, therefore, any blow coming to you, or any blow needed to strike at your opponent, can be known or felt or sensed now.  This foreknowledge or ability to sense this is the best offense and defense you can have and is the reward for being disciplined to live only in the NOW, the only reality.”  (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 84)

So you see, there is much to learn from even squirrels, out there, in the wild!

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