Saturday, February 19, 2011

To become a master

In my younger days I had always dreamed of one day becoming a master. After enough exposure to the many arts including Bagua I began to feel that it was an impossible task. So many moves that need to be perfected from any given circumstance in order to be effective at all times. How can one person master 8000 movements when each of the movements should be practiced tens of thousands of times. In my mind, I was convinced that I would never be a master.

Yet, in my time training in Asia I have met many masters. All worthy of the title master, specialized in different arts, weapons, skills, knowledge and achievements. After spending enough time with them I began to understand what a master is.

"You must have an epiphany about your style." Master Chen said to me one day as we were doing a private demonstration together. His meaning was that you must make a connection between your style and yourself. In essence you become one with your fighting style and the concepts it contains. Becoming a master is synchronisity, not perfection.

These last years I had been trying every type of training idea that I could think of in order to better understand the depth of my the movements. Continually reading the Chinese scripts that my master and others have handed down to me. Diagrams that are encoded in song, classical Chinese characters that can't be found in any dictionary. The task of becoming a master still seemed to be insurmountable.

Only a little more than a month ago I woke up in the morning to train as always and something changed. As I awoke I felt that something in me had grown deeper within. I had a feeling of peace that I usually have not had. Every worry that might come was batted down by a pulsating energy channeling from my soul. And somewhere in the back of my mind I heard God whisper, you are a master now.

As soon as I began training that day, I realized that everything about the way I moved had changed. A new balance, a far deeper connection to something I had not been aware of. The thing I could see in my master but could never understand. Something that he could only give me clues about because this is something that can not be taught.

All of us have the potential to become masters. It is not something that is impossible because it is not perfection. In short it is the perfect harmony of your style and you. And you will never be perfect. Nor can any master. It should never be a goal to become God but to work with everything that he's given us in order to achieve balance. What ever your skill is cherish it and nurture it until you can bring the best part of you out. Becoming a master has shown me that my learning has only begun. So much more training before I can grasp yet a deeper understanding. I am honored and excited to start from the beginning.