Training since I was 14 with Kenpo, then into boxing, kickboxing, most of 40 years, even with champions, and a year with the 15 year world champion kickboxer. Note: My first Sensei had 3 ribs broken by Bruce Lee
I’ll get into the reasons I came to this place in martial arts as we get rolling here.
I always remembered this quote from Bruce Lee, one that’s been heard by most in martial arts, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
I read this as a kid, in his writings as most of us have. A few years ago I heard about a wrestler who was taught one move and practiced it on anyone and everyone for years, then took it into competition. He was unstoppable. Even though opposing coaches and opponents knew that was his only move, bam, they were down!
THIS was the meaning behind his quote above. THIS is when a kick becomes simply a kick again. If you study Bruce Lee’s workouts, you’d find him on many a day throwing some kick or punch 500 reps! Certain days he performed as many as 2,000 lead punches! Years of this meant once he fired a punch or kick it was 100% likely to land, accurate, hard.
So, understanding that the main purpose of massive reps is to create what Mr Lee stated as, “a neurologically set pattern” where thought is not required to launch the technique, you’ll find it fires at the exact time it’s supposed to given the distance, opening, timing, etc. This also frees one up to express themselves rather than “try” to win, defend, or land something.
This is where I started, having some skills and being athletic, in my mind, I made the decision to go all the way with this concept, finally, and never quit till I finished! Out of respect to Mr Lee, failure/quitting was not an option. Here I am, in the snow doing a few 1-2’s on the dummy at about the 2,000 rep mark: http://youtu.be/7R_NNmBNcyw
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