12 June 2017

Ten Suggestion for Martial Arts Learning at Black Belt Level by Manuel Adrogué

My friend, Master Manuel Adrogué, shared the following ten suggestions to black belt level martial artist, which I thought quite insightful. You can read his full post here, and be sure to visit his website for more of his writing.

Ten Suggestion in Connection with Martial Arts Learning at Black Belt Level by Manuel Adrogué

My suggestion in connection with martial arts learning at black belt level is:

1) If you want to learn, seek for knowledge (that is the point of reading books), if you want to
improve, train hard.

2) During the first 15 years of your training, become really good at one thing (do not diversify) yet do
some cross training (but make sure you are learning your stuff at a good school: if you feel your
punches and kicks are weak and no one is telling you, leave that place and do not fool yourself just
because those surrounding you accept mediocrity);

3) Do not judge other martial arts you do not fully understand, and always suspect you might be
missing something;

4) Invest training by repeating the traditional methods but do not accept tradition as something
written in stone (notwithstanding, keep faith on things beyond your current comprehension if
stated by a trustworthy person);

5) Someone who does not have superior skills will never lead you to superior skills not matter his
rank or certification (let me remind you that martial art skills are essentially physical fighting skills);

6) After 25 years of training the same thing, cost of opportunity raises dramatically and for every
hour you spend training the same stuff in an unrealistic hope to improve would be better spent in
adding a new skill;

7) If you misdirect your energy on arguments over terminology, legitimacy, heritage or details about
style you are not getting any better and actually working for the evil industry by refreshing the
"organized despair" Bruce Lee was talking about in 1970;

8) Loyalty in the martial arts is not a commitment to limit yourself to one teacher (when you start
school as a kid just one teacher teaches you reading and basic math, but as studies get higher,
more specialized teachers show up, and in university they multiply by dozens. I do not see any
reason for high martial art education to be different);

9) If you are a martial arts books fanatic, at minimum try to double your readings with other books
(for me it is some legal readings plus history/religion/politics but any serious area will work –hey,
superhero stuff qualifies as serious to me) so that you develop your rational thinking and a
different referential point, plus that is what you will probably be making a contribution to the
martial arts world by knowing that extra material; and

10) If you have read all this up to this point, you are in danger. I recommend you try to get a life
outside the martial arts (I picked a beautiful gal who gave us four kids and for those two reasons I
have a great excuse to spend some time out of the martial arts). Pick a sport, an art, or something
that will make you smile and live! The martial arts are highly addictive and will attempt to override
more important aspects of existence: GOD, LOVE TO BE FOUND IN PEOPLE. Ridendo dicere verum.

1 comment:

Colin Wee said...

Nice bit of advice. Good article, both of you. Cheers, Colin