“Where does the swordsman strike? No where…”
--Takuan So Ho, The Unfettered Mind: Writings of the Zen Master to the Master Swordsman
Too many folks still want to put Guided Chaos in a box. They look at it and try to compare it to “this” art or “that” fighting system. They do this because they want to put it into a context that conforms to their mental template which is usually shaped through popular culture and is devoid of the forensic reality of real life and death fighting. They think that even within Guided Chaos they can develop a “secret” technique for every possible situation that they may encounter in the hopes that at some point through repetitious practice they will choose the correct response to a given situation. They totally miss the point of the Contact Flow exercise which is designed to allow you to explore the multitude of movements the human body is capable of creating in order for you to develop the subconscious ability to deal with another person's motion so that when your “moment of truth” arrives you can do “something” [that will be the discussion of another newsletter].
The truth is “it isn’t anything.” In this newsletter I will discuss from a philosophical standpoint the “The Fifth Principle” (i.e., Freedom of Action or adaptability), because I still think there is some confusion over the importance of why we focus on principles versus a specific technique and how body unity leads to total freedom of action and creativity..."
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