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Examine Your Footwork

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Examine Your Footwork

Have you ever found yourself in the middle dealing with a problem and realized you were in way over your head?

Maybe you've been trying to get in better shape but haven't been seeing the results you wanted despite all the working out and dieting you've been doing.

Or maybe you've found yourself in an argument with a loved one and aren't quite sure how you got to this point, much less how to resolve the situation.

You have a goal you need to achieve at work or school that gives you a clear idea of where to go, but no clue how to get there.

Consider the possibility that once you know what your end goal is, the question you should be asking isn't "How do I achieve this?" but "Where am I right now?"

I don't know how it is for you, but it has been my experience that if I don't know where I am, I am never going to get where I am going.

In the Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Bruce Lee lays out six factors to a practitioner needs to examine their footwork for.

"Examine footwork for:

1. Body feel and control, as a whole, in neutralness.
2. Attack and defense capability at all times.
3. Ease and comfort in every direction.
4. Application of efficient leverage during all phases of movement.
5. Superb balancing at all times.
6. Elusiveness in well-protected corresponding structure and correct distancing."

Each of these characteristics require self-analysis and instrospection.

A coach can observe and suggest correction, but cannot actually "feel" the body itself.

The practitioner must learn to feel their own body and when and how they are out of place or in place.

The practitioner must through experience learn when they are on their heels by being knocked off balance or when they have over-extended their lunge by being swept.

While solo work is absolutely of benefit in these things, footwork is applied in relationship to an existing opponent, and so development of footwork must be sought in relationship with a sparring partner.

This means that the mindset of the practitioner must shift from the demand "I must defeat my partner" to the question "How do I feel?"

"Am I in control?"

"Am I capable of attacking from this position without a drastic change in my base and balance?"

"Am I capable of defending from this position with out a drastic change in my base and balance?"

"Where is my weight at this moment?"

"Is my structure in place for efficient movement?"

"What is my distance to my partner?"

This mindset will bring about greater development, and indeed lead to the ability to defeat an opponent, with far greater results than the demand for immediate victory.

Where in your world are you in the middle of a problem with no idea how you got there?

What can you do today to gain a better understanding of where you are in the present moment in order to get a clear picture of how to get to where you want to be?

My friend, if you're looking to gain a better understanding of who you are, we invite you to join us by going to marylandjeetkunedo.com and contact us today.


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