Friday, 15 July 2011
The void between theory & practice
Many people nowadays over-think their karate rather than using their mind as merely a rudder to direct training. It is true without theory/knowledge, we are simply floating around (that is, we can never maximise our technical potential and applications). Quite simply theory/knowledge is the compass, not the journey! Theory is only useful in karate when it is beneficial for physical practice of these aspects, and when training is the dominant realm of one's karate. Too many people get theoretically hung up on insignificant details. These details are fine, but why not practice techniques in multiple ways? Find out by "doing", and discover what works best and how through sweat and blisters...
Focus on actual training then think "how can I improve my karate?" but avoid thinking too much without accompanying your thoughts with actual practice. This is one of the ideologies I've had from youth, and is something which needless to say, is of great value.
This information age makes everything so accessible, nevertheless, I believe it can (and does) also result in creating people who mentally understand, but physically cannot do. With training being dominant, this fog can be blown away, and your karate can improve through the productive combination of practice and theoretical understanding. This WILL be reflected in your tangible skills!
© André Bertel. Christchurch, New Zealand (2011).