I love Bruce Lee because he emphasizes the importance of creating your own style. You can learn a system or a form but somehow you have to find your own style.
Because all the different techniques and schools have understood something but it's never the complete picture of reality. In order for you to really use your power in an effective way you have to let go of the past because you recreate what you have learned over and over again. It's not "bad" but it's also NOT YOU but it is important! Every motion is represented in your brain and part of the collective und universal consciousness. It doesn't want you to do the same over and over again. Someone did it. THe universe knows the Tai Chi Forms by now and it's good to learn them but like ALbert Einstein said: "the same thinking creates the same results" and therefore you have to find your uniqueness in this homogenous pool.
I am learning Tai Chi and Wing Chun and had this beautiful reveleation while swimming. I realized that the swimming strokes were identical to the moves I was learning in Wing Chun and Tai Chi. I was flashed!! The last few months have been crazy! Everything is making sense and connects and this is what I mean.
Now I am starting to practice judo and was so suprised that I could feel how the martial art developed from rice farmers. I felt how I was a big sack of rice that he pulled on his back and then threw over his shoulder. Eveything is connected within a country - and even over the borders!!!
With MMA we are on the forefront of human evolution! We are overcoming the cultural bias by connecting the different approaches into the most effective fighting styles. But do not simply do it to win the UFC. Fall in love with your body, at least this is my approach: understanding the kinestetic intelligence of the body.
Regarding the culture heritage of the different Arts: Can you see or sense it? Did you connect to the culture? If you haven't, you miss something. The traditions of the different Arts are brilliant and so full of wisdom. It is worth exploring them and using them as guiding lights in your pursuit for _______________.
What do you believe: why is Wisdom in Martial Arts so important?
In my opinion each approach teaches us certain virtues even though they differ from country to country and as a consequence we are more open-minded. We don't judge too much because we start to understand that each culture decided for themselves what is important to them and what not. Once you understand, you are less likely to be involved into fights while traveling, you are able to truely acknowledge the achievements of the country and you will become a true friend. In German "Wisdom" means "Weisheit" and refers to "showing the way". Wisdom is like a signpost which says: "Go this way".
Inspired Individuals with Integrity have mastered their Art and are embodying their unique values which enables them to live a peaceful, creative and succesfull Life