Skill Appreciation

How many times do we as Martial Artists look at what someone is doing and completely fail to appreciate their skills?

Often we are so pre-occupied with our own ?agenda? that we do not see what is right in front of us.

We judge it so quickly ? Will it work for SD? Will it work in the Cage?

What we should really be doing is checking out the skills involved to do what the practitioner is doing. We should appreciate the hard work, commitment, dedication and practice that has gone into this end result.

You do not have to like it to admire it!

I remember several years ago, the great fighter Cro Cop mentioned something along the lines of? I do not like Violin playing? but I can certainly appreciate the time, effort and dedication that it takes to play to orchestra standard.

We should take this view and apply it across the range of MA Skills.

For example, Tai Chi. It ain?t for me? I have tried it so many times. I can never remember what move comes next. I am not the most graceful of fellas. So, I struggle to look any good at that art.

However, when I see the likes of GM Willie Lim move and demonstrate Tai Chi, then I can CERTAINLY appreciate the amazing skills that are being shown.

Another example is stick fighting. It ain?t for me. Put a stick in my hand and I am extremely dangerous ? to myself only of course!

Then I watch Richard Cotterill in action and can only sit in awe of the skillset shown.

To make everything look this easy takes an amount of dedication, practice, determination, practice, skill, practice, a degree of natural ability and practice that few have the mindset to do.

Note the words practice above! That is the actual key you know?. Not so much to do with natural ability (though that can play a part) but how you practice.

Recently I have been researching how to become a better Coach. I have been practicing being a better Coach. To do that I am learning how to understand the skills being shown. To be more appreciative of how and why that person can do what they can do.

This helps ENORMOUSLY in teaching others.

Here are some youtube clips that I HIGHLY recommend you watch:

This is Lennart Green doing some amazing close up card magic:



This is Sir Ken Robinson talking about education:



These are fascinating and will give you an amazing insight into some incredible people.

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  1. I was absolutely fasinated with both videos. The first one with Ted simply amazed me with his skills. I have seen many card tricks during my life time, but he has got to be at the top of the list of greats. His hand coordinations were spellbounding. Not a clue on how he did what he did.

    The second video with Sir Ken Robinson got me to think a lot deeper even more then I have before. So far as how we as human beings are held down by the way society and our educaters keep people down. I don’t want to say it is being done intentionally, but I would say that its more ignorance on their part of how they think we as humans should act and what direction we should move towards to better our own life. They force us to be something that we are not. And if I remember exactly what he said about if insects and other forms of life on this planet would disappear, then so would human life. But if humans disappeared, other forms of life would flourish. And that I always believed. Because as good as mankind could be, they have chosen to destroy more then they create for the good of everything that God gave us. And all we have to do is stop and take a good look around to see that. If nature is left alone, it will repair anything that has been destroyed over time. Thank you Russell for sending this to me.

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