The Way is in training.

In Budo we study principles through the practice of technique. Precision technique is essential to an understanding of principle. One can only realize principle through the transcendence of technique. This full immersion in technique is said to be accomplished when you “learn it in your bones”.

There is a time for intellectual comprehension. There is a time for evaluation of technique and training method. Indeed, this evaluation is necessary for true understanding.

However the time for this is before or after training. Adding commentary, critique and evaluation to your technique during training is counterproductive. What you “think you know” is only a distraction to the fullness of “now”.

In Budo, absent the requisite 10,000 repetitions, most aspiring Budoka remain unqualified to evaluate technique and only display their ignorance in their unsolicited commentary.

To paraphrase Musashi Miyamoto Kensei, The Way is in training and anything done in contravention of training cannot be considered the true Way.

Training time is valuable and should not be discarded in favor of aggrandizing the ego. The Way is in training.

Life is Budo.


About The Jade(d) Warrior

Decades of walking the path of the warrior in service to noble ideals leaves one, well...jaded.
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