This is from a series of photos done for a book Derek wrote with “Fighting Spirit” author Bruce Thomas. The book was intended to be an introduction and explanation of the 1st Grade in the BMS syllabus. It was finished but never published, however, I am currently working with Bruce to make it available on this website. The picture shows the three fundamental positions of twist punch. The handwritten notes are Dereks.
So a military force has no constant formation, water has no constant shape, the ability to gain victory by adapting and changing according to the opponent is called genius.
Sun Tzu (from The Art of War).
In this quote Sun Tzu emphasises the importance of adaptation in conflict. Like so many of his writings it has a very real application to our daily lives and our approach to problem solving. Don’t get to hung up up on the word “genius” here it is really meant as an indicator of a higher or more developed intelligence at work in the individual.
Anyone interested in looking deeply into the history and science of breathing should follow the link and check out my Dad’s book called “The Ins and Outs of Breathing”. It’s a brilliant read and delves deeply into a wide variety of topics. Beware there is some serious science in it though.
Fight or flight response
Anyone interested in applying their martial art to “life” needs to become very familiar, intellectually. physically and emotionally with the effects of the fight flight response. Applying your martial arts training to life does not necessarily mean physical conflict. When you start observing it in your life you will be surprised how often it is activated in many of the smaller conflicts both inner and outer that naturally occur in day to day events. It is by learning from these many smaller conflicts that we gradually gain insight into dealing with much bigger even life threatening situations. The attached article caught my eye because it’s very “readable” so many descriptions of the fight flight response get bogged down in the jargon of modern clinical psychology. It comes from a volunteer organisation in Australia that helps army veterans and other suffererss of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
..awareness and presence are the first two lines of defence