The most difficult thing that I have come across in martial arts is understanding " Soft"..even the definitions are vague and unsatisfactory.............the language also.......... I could say for example that " it is very difficult to be soft"...or it is very " hard to be soft"
......an oxymoron......how does one express this?.........and what exactly does soft mean
...why is hard bad?
Well Hard is not bad .it is different and easier to train than soft.and it can defeat soft more often than not...however, when you meet somebody who actually knows what "soft" is.well then it';s a different world.a world where strength or speed is not valued over structure, where many of the old saying attributed to old Chinese masters have real meaning...why did a kata need 3years to be understood?...well if you know soft .then you'll know that a paradigm shift takes a while to act.3 years is not that long............I don't know what soft is , but to quote Chen Man Ching I have "invested in loss" on several occasions..ignoring strength,and speed and aggresion and not using strength but relying on structure and relying on "soft"..more often than not I had my head handed to me on a plate ................but on the occasions that didn't happen.when I actually won.it just happened..a clear flight, effortless
...and with it a sort of awakening.not the realisation that ~I could do this on a regular basis, or that I was particularly blessed.but just the know ing that this level of skill was possible.and I've met masters who have attained this level..and it is scary stuff.not MMA .....but something else entirely