robb buckland wrote:
"To foster Winning Mind and Warrior Spirit, we need to combine emotion and imagination in our training. A popular training ethos echoed by many is, “ train the way you want to fight, and you will fight the way you train.” Without emotion and imagination, such training will be nothing more than playing patty cake with one another. Our goal is to make the trained response the dominant response through repetition combined with emotion and imagination.
Vann, Robb, And Ray,
Okay gentlemen, I agree that we need repetition and a level of reality in our training. I think, without causing real harm to one another, that is part of where the imagination and emotion come into the training, as noted in the good article that Vann posted.
That said, I also would like to move into a discussion of the emotion and imagination part of training, as that is more in line with the OP of this thread. I think we can all agree true warriors need to train physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you are training well, we hope that the physical aspect will eventually come into true alignment, along with muscle mechanics and memory....
But we are speaking of the warrior spirit/mind here, not simply being a good fighter. The two are related but not always the same. Knowing this is a broad generalization, men tend to be very physical in thier expressions of emotion and mental concepts.
Women, IMHO, often focus more inward in these endeavors and they do not always find phyiscal expression. Fortunately, as demonstrated by some modern female athletes and competitors, that is not always true. However, simply training for a "real fight"...even when that is not a high likelihood for most people...does not necessarily equate to developing a warrior/combat/fighting mentality and spirit. So, for a more female point of view (since this IS the women's forum)...I'm interested in things that can help develop that mindset.
Its like several of the items noted on the "little things" thread. Slowly, over time, buildling up an alertness, an awareness, and willingness to take action...an aggressiveness that is rooted in calmness. Repetitive, daily, conscious habits can allow that mental alertness and viewpoint to take root.
In other words, gentlemen, your comments and thoughts are very appreciated and very useful..but for some karateka, especially beginners, they are not all that is needed to develop the mindset we are discussing.
Some of the things you take for granted may not be "obvious" for all people who start in training. I wonder, if all of this was so clear to you when you began a long time ago