A Philosophical Note: How Martial Arts is really a refined DANCE!
Written by Gene Nech on August 27, 2018
"Man’s best and most perfect motion is simply breathing itself."
The most important factor in reading your opponents changes in rhythm is his breath. After all, breath is the mainstream of life, and motions and changes belong to the living. Therefore, there can be no movement of your opponent that is alive and absolutely separated from the rhythm of breathing. Even hard motion, when in accord with breathing, not only does not exhaust your energy but boosts it. On the other hand even the simplest motion, done out of accord with breathing, tires first your muscles and then your whole body. Man’s best and most perfect motion is simply breathing itself.
Thus, that breath results in motion and motion makes rhythm and rhythm determines distance. This is a principle of nature and fundamental to every person that practices Martial Arts. Distance in terms of Martial Arts is the gap between what you want and what your opponent wants. Hiding your breath and seeking out that of your opponent, enables you to hide your intentions while catching his. In this process, the proper distance between you and your opponent will be properly established. Distance results from rhythm and determines attack and defense, which is critical in cases of survival. Therefore, it can be said that staying alive in Martial Arts means keeping your rhythm perfect with the world.
Correct motion in Martial Arts simply means adapting to your opponent and maintaining a proper rhythm. Regardless of its speed, a correct motion is always rhythmical. Because it is always rhythmical its pace may be quickened or slackened and still be proper. Because your motion is rhythmical, your opponent cannot free himself from it, for your rhythmical motion cannot come into being unless your will is harmonized with the world. Your opponent is representative of the world you face, so his motions are parts of it, thus they comprise a part of your motion’s rhythm as well.
Rhythm is in continuous change. Continuous change is natural. You can find it in every aspect of all things. Therefore, the perfect rhythm concerns not only speed and modes of motion, but also strong or weak power, wild or moderate tide, hasty or slow tempo, and so forth, so that rhythm consists in the harmony that emerges only after everything properly accords with one another. The motions of Martial Arts never deny rhythm. Rather, they are applied to every rhythm in harmony. Therefore, the resulting perfect motion of Martial Ar, that is desired by most practitioners of the sport, is so rhythmical in its very nature that martial arts itself then may be regarded as a refined dance! - and captured on camera if I have anything to say about it.
Gene Nech is a Taekwondo - 4th Degree World Taekwondo Federation, Chess Master and Origami Enthusiast.