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Or we could just give it away because it's not skin off our teeth: the secret to being an awesome martial artist is nothing other than, you gotta work at it.
You'll need competent instruction of course -
Over at the Karate Thoughts Blog, Charles Goodin had something quite interesting to say on the subject of experts making things look easy:
The assumption is that the expert is doing something hard and is just making it look easy. In fact, because of his understanding and skill, what he is doing is easy... to him. He makes it look easy because it is easy.In this case, easy is the result of doing something umpteen thousands of times. Perhaps owing to a mystical significance I'm not aware of, 2000 seems to be the magic number. To paraphrase Dave Sim, you have 2000 bad reps in you. Best to get them out of the way quickly so you can get on doing good ones. The best part of that is, you have 2000 bad jabs, crosses and hooks (or whatever) in you. Then you have 2000 bad jab, cross, hook combos in you. Then you have...you get the idea.
To toss another cliche on the pyre, "practice doesn't make perfect - practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect."
Perfect of course means different things to different people.
Mark Cuban points out that "the best equity is sweat equity."
Well, there's the secret...I suppose we can't sell it now. Ah, well.