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    Default "All battles are first won in the mind" Miyamoto Musashi

    Do you believe that "winning" in the martial arts is all about who has the best stances, breathes the best or what lineage do you come from? I don't!
    Musashi said it best. What do you believe and why? If your head training is weak you are just another pretty boy or girl and are best sticking to kata competition.

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    Yeah, but if you neglect your physical training you'll be less likely to prevail. And if you don't want good stances and other basics, what's the point of training ?
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    I've got to be honest Nelson, sometimes I really just don't follow you and don't get where you are coming from. Your post comes across like you've got a chip on your shoulder about something. Has a previous discussion in a different thread got you upset?
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    I play the devils' advocate at times Michael especially when things get dull here! Lol
    Maintaining a sense of mental alertness and being able to feel in your gut when things are getting ready to go down will Trump a thousand pushups a day.
    Observing others as Doc stated and watching people in general in all situations can help prepare one in the event of cases of the gravest extreme.

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    Yes, but the situational awareness / 1000 pushups are just two of many interdependent attributes that one needs. You can have the best awareness in a given situation, but if you don't have the necessary physical attributes to escape or fight you are at a disadvantage. Conversely, you could have all the necessary speed, strength, etc. but if you are unaware of your surroundings, an opponent can blindside you before you can react.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    I play the devils' advocate at times Michael especially when things get dull here! Lol.
    Yea.....you do tend to poke the fire ant nest more than most
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    Do you believe that "winning" in the martial arts is all about who has the best stances, breathes the best or what lineage do you come from?
    I don't think anyone believes that.
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    Should we all be track stars to escape quicker? Faster than a speeding bullet perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelson View Post
    Should we all be track stars to escape quicker? Faster than a speeding bullet perhaps?
    Why don't you two us what you think?
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    Default Re: "All battles are first won in the mind" Miyamoto Musashi

    Musashi's statement is true. While there is no question as to the usefulness of physical skill, it is of no consequence without a matching mind-set. The reverse doesn't equally hold true, however; there are plenty of cases of somebody bent on winning making short of a physically superior aggressor.

    Any functional training in self-defence needs to take the mental side into adequate consideration.


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