A young man wearing a black belt steps into the ring at a tournament. After the initial bows of respect, the fight commences, but the young man doesn’t move. Break is called and a point goes to his opponent. This happens a few more times making it clear that playing possum was not a part of his strategy. Time was stopped. My instructor who is the official asks, “Do you know what you’re doing? You have to throw a punch if you want to score a point. Blocking with your face isn’t hurting your opponent.”
The young man finally admits he bought a book on karate, and a black belt, and this is the first time he’s ever been in the ring. He was missing the years of experience and hundreds of fights the belt is expected to represent.
Short cuts are shortly found out. Those having to work hard to learn techniques, complicated forms, or even the long passages of scripture required for high level black belt tests glean more out of the experience. The longer the journey, the better the destination. Enjoy it, because how you get there matters.
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