CHAPTER 8: SWIMMING IN THE WATER | JKD THE WAY OF SIMPLICITY

CHAPTER 8: SWIMMING IN THE WATER

With regard to this chapter on combat, my first intention was to leave a few blank pages. By doing so, I intended to convey the idea that, about combat, each person can tell a different story based on different experiences. By this, I would have left space for the reader to write his own experience on the matter.

However, I decided not to do so. Even if experience is something inherent to the person living it, it is nonetheless possible to help others by sharing it for, despite small variations, we all go through similar things. I wish to draw the attention on the word “similar”. As humans, we are not absolutely equal and yet not too different. As Roman playwright Terencio said, “As a man, nothing human is unknown to me”.

The reader will not find anything technical here. There will not be advice on whichever punch or kick is best in a given situation. This is something each one will have to find out case by case. In this chapter I would like to address the mind issue, psychological aspects and attitudes in fighting. Fighting is mainly a mental thing. Of course, to be sufficiently fit will give the movements the mind has to direct consistency. Lacking of correct mental focus, a fit body and refined techniques will have little effect.

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