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    Some of you already know a bit about my Kenpo journey that I've trained at six different studios along the way. I read a thread not too long ago mentioning how SifuDangeRuss had difficulty doing a hook kick and was taught by an observer the solution of the kicking motion being similar to riding a bike horizontally. That, for him, was a moment of epiphany. It is surprising how another person can influence how each of us may travel on our martial art journey.
    (Link to SifuDangeRuss's thread: Looking at things a little bit Differently)

    My moment of epiphany, for me, was not so much a matter of how to do a basic move, but rather , finding the correct training attitude. At that time of the experience, I transitioned from one studio to another and had difficulty adjusting to the change. This moment was pivotal as it taught me to stay with Kenpo and to "empty my cup".

    What were your moments of epiphanies and what did you learn?

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    Mr. XYZ was trying to teach me a lance technique. I was holding down Mr. XYZ in an arm lock while talking of “what if he does this, what if he does that” scenarios. At that very point in my mid-sentence, it was as if I heard the voice of Mr. ABC say to me, “CC, stop.” I paused right there. It was a moment of epiphany; I recognized what I was doing. Mr. ABC was right. There is such a thing as a training mindset--just being able to do is not enough. I realized I wasn’t questioning Mr. XYZ out of concern of what my attacker might do. I realized I was challenging Mr. XYZ; essentially, I wasn’t trusting him to teach me. I looked at Mr. XYZ’s eyes and he looked back at me, waiting, and probably wondering why I paused. I took a deep breath and said, “Let me back track a bit.” I changed my question from a “what if he…” to a “how do I…” question. He relaxed and smiled. I think he sensed something had happened. I released him from the arm lock and allowed him to show me how. From that point on, the dynamics of training changed and my Kenpo journey went into another direction. This simple, but significant moment has altered the way I viewed Kenpo and intensified my love for Kenpo.

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    Congrats. There is nothing like getting hit with the proverbial frying panm in the head to give you some clarity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceicei View Post
    What were your moments of epiphanies and what did you learn?
    Good question- I've had a few, including the two examples you cited.

    The hook kick I was taught by a TKD practitioner. I'd always had trouble with it, but he cleaned it up and showed me how it works. Now it is one of my favorites. Just getting a different perspective often turns on the light.

    My problem with the "what if's" was a bit more difficult, as it involved my looking honestly in the miror. Jumping to IF too soon was an avoidance tactic. It's just plain easier, and more fun, to play what if than to knuckle down and work your understanding of the base tech up to street force, tear it apart for the principles, concepts, and mechanics that make it work (or not, sorry you pureists of practice). Like you said, changes the dynamics and intensifies the experience.

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    I met Epiphany in a bar one night. Bought her a drink, hoped things would advance, but she told me she wasn't ready to end things yet with her fiance, Synchronicity. Our conversation that night was filled with insightful coincidences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Dave in da house View Post
    I met Epiphany in a bar one night. Bought her a drink, hoped things would advance, but she told me she wasn't ready to end things yet with her fiance, Synchronicity. Our conversation that night was filled with insightful coincidences.
    Thanks, Doc D. That will give me something to think on fer a while!

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    I know a girl whose parents named her Epiphany. It was as if they knew in advance that she would become a stripper. Which, she did. She danced under the name "Candy", though, but she wasn't very sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidCC View Post
    I know a girl whose parents named her Epiphany. It was as if they knew in advance that she would become a stripper. Which, she did. She danced under the name "Candy", though, but she wasn't very sweet.
    Says you.

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    My first one was when I was an orange belt and had just joined the instructor trainee class. There I was in the way back corner of the room, totally lost and confused. For weeks, I walked out of that class thoroughly pissed off that they expected a 38 year old orange belt to keep up with the teenage brown belt who was in the #1 position at the front of the class. One night, this teeny light bulb flicked on in the dim recesses of my brain and I said to myself "oh, they don't expect me to keep up, they just expect me to bust my ass trying".

    My hold mindset in that class went from survival mode to tyring to suck up as much information as I possibly could. Changed everything from that point on.
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