Remember Po from Kung Fu Panda? The cute food-munchin machine who will achieve anything if he visualize food at the end point 🙂
There’s the part where he underwent hellish training (considered relatively hellish to what he used to do) to become the Dragon Warrior. When he was finally presented the Dragon Scroll by his master, they realized that the Scroll was blank with a golden reflective surface where he could see himself in it.
“It’s blank!” No earthshaking final move written on it. Even the master was shocked because legends had implied that the secret message in the scroll would have been some sort of tide turner, a
maid-to-cinderella zero-to-hero type of scenario, some sort of instant noodle effect.
“There is no secret!” But think again, some of you probably got the message when you see Po (the Panda) enshrouded in the golden glow when he looked into the scroll. After learning so many techniques, it’s time to remember self confidence again.
Using martial arts as a guide for discussion, we usually start martial arts with the building of foundations. This usually take place in the form of body conditioning / strengthening exercises. Well, like what they say, all the techniques are just for glitter show if you do not have the finesse and prowess to execute it. When you have enough strength and reflex, you work on the techniques.
Nowadays, strength, reflex, basic technique training becomes concurrent nowadays since students will just ship-jump to some other courses that seems more exciting, aesthetic or with more Tigress in it. Unfortunately, some of these students will probably be more proficient in the ship-jumping tech more than anything else in the pursuit of different techniques or courses.
Kung Fu Panda really highlighted a great secret move to us martial arts fanatics. Actually, everyone can use this secret too. The final level has more to do with your heart, that is, faith in your basic trainings (that are the building bricks to all sorts of more advanced stuffs really), and faith in yourself.
Imagine you are have reached the epitome of martial competency. Then you faced another you in a sparring session. One of you had the golden glow as suggested by the Dragon Scroll. While the other you, is the you who had forgotten about the glow of faith and kept thinking “This guy IS me! Can I do it? What if he dodge and counter? What if he manage to corner me and go crazy on me??” Fantasizing on all what ifs *passionately* before any even took place. Even though the numbers on the tech, experience and awesomeness are on par between evil you and good you, who do you think is likely to win?
The missing void in the heart is not a matter of techniques unknown. But, more of a matter of faith in yourself and your usual trainings.