Nothing and Everything

You know in our study of martial arts, one paradox nags at us. why the hell do we learn something so hard, only not to use it? The more one learns about Karate, one is less inclined to use Karate. The more you are trained to fight, the less likely you are to want to fight.

Of course I am generalizing.

Beyond that, think about it; our whole entire existence is a big parody. In Aikido, we train so hard to avoid this punch, harmonise with our aggressor’s energy. It dawned to me, hell, just don’t train! just don’t do anything, or engage anyone in anything! Live a life of a low! A low life!

Do nothing!!!

Well, it turns out that, we cannot do ‘nothing’. Because we are constantly defining things, making sense of things, doing things, even doing nothing. We discourse everything, explore the unknown.

So since we cannot do ‘nothing’, so we end up going to the other end of the spectrum and do ‘everything’. And again of course we cannot do everything, because the world is infinitely big, we end up becoming a literal ‘jack of all trades, master of none’.

So herein, lies the fine art of balance. not nothing, not everything either. Our  existence here is too precious to be wasted dwelling on nothing, and too short to able to do everything.

Martial arts is about the ability to harmonise this balance nicely. As in Aikido, we have limited understanding in ground work, and a Judoka, might not be able to kick as well as a Muay Thai fella,  and yet within our own discipline, we are deep divers into our understanding of our art. Hence we may appear to be ‘nothing’ in the larger aspects of fighting, but within our domain, we are everything. We need to know and understand this so as to bring about the balance of nothing and everything.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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