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    Default Martial Principles and Deep Understanding

    Fundamental principles and concepts of martial disciplines are often very difficult to convey through the written word. Words on the page can accurately convey important ideas, but they usually contain much greater depth than those words can express.

    For example, all martial disciplines stress correct skeletal alignment. They all say to strike with the whole body, not just the arm. But KNOWING is not the same as UNDERSTANDING. And itís certainly not the same as DOING.


    A wine snob can share detailed tasting notes with you. That might actually be useful and at least give you an idea if itís something you will like. But intellectually knowing what the flavors are gives you no sense of what it actually tastes like. You must experience that yourself.

    Imagine cooking a dish youíve never made before. Starting with the recipe is goodÖunderstanding the ingredients and preparation will give you an idea of the end result. But thereís no substitute for tasting it. Knowing the steps is not enough; it takes practice to get them right.

    Itís an obvious point, but many of the fundamental concepts of martial disciplines must be felt before they can truly be understood. Intellectual understanding is just the start; clearly it is not sufficient.

    Fighting is a physical act; it must be understood physically.


    This is just one reason training with a qualified instructor is necessary. There is no substitute for training in person.

    Donít just read the material, ask questions about it. Think about it deeply. Discuss. Put it into practice and deeper understanding will develop.

    The 13th precept: Knowledge is not power until it is made real in the flesh.


    Brent Yamamoto
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    Brent Yamamoto
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    Gabriel Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

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    Outstanding post, Brent!

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