JKD Words Of Wisdom: Fighting Mad

“The moment I engaged in combat with an opponent, my mind was completely perturbed and unstable. After a series of exchanging blows and kicks, my theory of gentleness was gone. My only thought at this point was, ‘Somehow or other I must beat him and win!’ My instructor at the time, Professor Yip Man would come up to me and say ‘Relax and calm your mind. Forget about yourself and follow the opponent’s movement. Let your mind, the basic reality, do the counter-movement without any interfering deliberation. Above all, learn the art of detachment.’

‘That was it!’ I thought. ‘I must relax!’ However, right then I had done something that contradicted against my will. That ocurred at the precise moment I said ‘I must relax.’ The demand in effort in must was already inconsistent with the effort-lessness in relax.”

Bruce Lee

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