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Title My Thoughts on Martial Arts #11
Posted by MasterHwangYTK (ip:)
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  • Date 20.04.09
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There's a famous saying by Bruce Lee, quoted from LaoZi, which I also like.

It is that "the usefulness of the cup is its emptiness. Empty the cup!"

It indicates that when one learns something, the person must get rid of one's stubbornness and accept the new experience with an open mind.

 

If martial arts beginners misunderstand the saying, however, they may not learn deeply.

Beginners should put their best efforts not to 'empty the cup' but to 'fill the cup'.

 

Only when one trains so hard and becomes an expert in a martial art, then does the person truly know what to discard and what to take.

It means that the saying 'empty the cup' applies when one has fully acquired own style.

 

To create one's own style, there needs to be numerous learning and training.

Beginners can hardly know what kinds of techniques fit them the best.

So they need a lot of experience and training.

After then, do they find their own styles.

Of course, a good teacher will be helpful, but it really is up to them.

 

Martial art is about expressing oneself.

And expressing oneself means style.

Style is 'aesethic',

and 'aesethic' means being economical.

As being economical is to eradicate waste and maximizing the output with the minimum amount of input.

 

Without learning, it is impossible to create such style.

I hope people fill the cup with goods, instead of emptying a cup never is never filled.

 

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Learn broadly.

There may be no act of learning, but once started there is no leaving it.

 

Ask in detail.

There may be no act of asking, but once started there is no leaving without finding the answer.

 

Think carefully.

There may be no act of thinking, but once started there is no leaving without reaching the conclusion.

 

Discern it clearly

There may be no act of discerning, but once started there is no leaving without clarifying the reasons.

Practice with commitment.

There may be no practicing, but once started there is no leaving without commitment.

 

If someone else gets it in one try, I will try one hundred times. If someone else gets it in ten tries, I will try one thousand times. If one follows this Way, then even a fool will become wise and even a weak will become strong.

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