July 26, 2005

Do Less Better

The best thing you can do to succeed in internal martial arts is to take the primary technique of the art you do...and really practice that technique to death, ad infinitum. Not like an unfeeling mindless machine, but more like a musician playing chords until you really get what it is. It's going to be from that foundation that your natural creativity, talent, ability, and insight are going to truly emerge. As my first Ba Gua teacher Wang Shu Jin used to say, "It is better to do one technique well than ten thousand poorly."

-- Bruce Kumar Frantzis, interviewed in NEI JIA QUAN: INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS, edited by Jess O'Brien, Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2004, pp. 105-106.

And yesterday Dilys quoted this from Kierkegaard's ROTATION OF CROPS:

The more a person limits himself, the more resourceful he becomes.

With that, I'll limit this post.