JUST LET THE JIU-JITSU HAPPEN
Warriors living in Feudal Japan often studied Zen as a way to help develop the mindset required to master martial arts. Yagyu Munenori, a swordsman who studied Zen, wrote in his Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War:
Masters of the arts cannot be called adepts as long as they have not left behind attachments to their various skills. A mendicant asked an ancient saint, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWhat is the Way?ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The saint said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe normal mind is the WayÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â The principle of this story applies to all arts. This is the stage where sicknesses of the mind are all gone, when you have become normal in mind and have no sicknesses even while in the midst of sicknesses.
What Yagyu means by sickness is a fixation of attention. If your mind is fixated on something, it cannot perform in a spontaneous way. Fixation of the mind slows your responsiveness and impedes your efforts. If your Jiu-Jitsu is not spontaneous and you have to think about what you are doing you will always be just a little slow to react. Being slow to react creates
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