A lot of times in our martial arts classes, we get hung up on throwing people down – as if that were our goal. It isn’t. We are not out to topple and smash – our real goal is to develop and demonstrate control –
- We want to develop such exquisite control of our own bodies, our strength and mobility and balance, that no opponent can take that control away from us.
- We want to be able to control our own minds and egos so that our personalities do not become disbalanced.
- We want to be able to extend that mind-and-body self-control into the rest of the world – to be able to exert some control over situations and people that have become uncontrolled.
If we could first convince ourselves that this is actually our primary goal, then a second step might be removing those things from our practices that run at odds to that goal.