Submitted by: Leo T. Fong
Philosopher Aldous Huxley once said, “In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.” Whether it is in the training hall of a dojo or in the arena of life; a state of relaxation is essential. This is especially true both in martial arts and in life. It is so easy to lose one’s “head” in extreme anger or deep fear. Those who can remain cool and maintain grace under fire usually emerge winners. Huxley reminds us of the importance of emotion in all activities. The relaxed state is rooted in how we feel. That in turn is translated into proficiency. In 1995 Daniel Goleman, a journalist and author, wrote a book, which became a best seller “Emotional Intelligence.” Goleman describes emotions as a type of sixth sense. If people can manage their emotions; it will have a tremendous impact on their performance.
How you feel can affect your judgment. In martial arts, emotion can affect your timing, application of techniques and overall performance.
Bruce Lee pointed out to me years ago that there are three stages of development: “Developing the Tools”, “Refining the Tools”, and “Dissolving the Tools”. In the intervening years as I developed my own martial arts approach, I have discovered the value of a fourth stage of development; “Expressing the Tools.”
There is a close correlation between fighting and acting. A skillful actor becomes the character and his dialogue is expressed through the characterization. In higher level of combat we do not just do the techniques, we become the technique, and we express the technique. When the expression reaches the Zen state there is little deliberation. Like a “voice and an echo” you just express it.
Being aware of the emotional intelligence; has influence in how I structure my own martial arts style. In the photos I am demonstrating one of the basic components of “Pressure Point Boxing”, which is the “Angles of Attack.”
In order to hit a moving target or an opponent who is not going to let you hit him, but determined to hit you; you must set him up, so as to hit the knockout point or points. In the photo, one of the ways is to execute an uppercut, as soon as your opponent reacts or respond, you turn the same blow into a left hook. Emotion and feeling plays an important role in both effective application and deception.
“Emotion and Expression” are excerpts from an upcoming book and DVD by Leo T. Fong. For additional information for seminars, books and DVD’s contact Leo T. Fong at firstname.lastname@example.org.