“There are no shortcuts,” Harry sensei said recently. “You can do a technique fast, but no short cuts.”
There was a grading last Wednesday and i was asked to be an uke for a brown belter, Daniel. Prior to that I asked Gabriel to help me record the grading in my digital camera. well, its the CCTV Eyes thing.
Anyway when i went back to review it. I noticed that Daniel had a lot of ‘incomplete’ techniques, the hand extension wasn’t to the fullest possible. the movement was not complete. Entering not complete.
I am being critical here, and that’s what grading is all about. Otherwise where shall we learn? Grading is typically where you put all you know to the test and see if there is other areas to improve. Certainly there alway is.
So it is all about the shortcuts, and shortcuts is a hall marks of a novice. to an unskilled eye, who looks at a master at work, the unskilled will not be able to see the intricacies of the master at work, that subtle movement, the small flick of a wrist that made all the difference between a beautiful movement and a sub par one. When the novice tires to emulate, not knowing the finer details, what we get is a short cut. It went from Point A to B, without knowing the finer points of Point A and the finer points of Point B.
This is what Harry sensei has been trying so hard to teach his advanced practitioners, the smaller finer details, that is the difference between a Thursday ‘advanced’ class and a Wednesday ‘beginners’ class. He doesn’t share the finer details in the Wednesday class, not because he doesn’t want to, even if he did, the novices will not be able to understand.
His frustration stems from the our ‘beginners’ mind that prohibits us from being able to absorb his learnings fully. We still want our shortcut. thinking that shortcut is speed. when the two items are the furthers apart. Fast does not and never equates to shortcuts.
Fast means to be able and understand the effects of a movement in FULL. Only when you are able to understand the movement fully, then you will be able to move from Point to Point in an efficient manner. Leading is speed, not anticipating. Leading means you are two steps ahead of your uke but you are not. Anticipating means that you are already two steps ahead of your uke. so be fully present for your uke and you will move in a speed that is necessitated by movement, and not by anticipation.