Dana Sheets wrote: What is interesting to me is that in the Chinese tradition you rarely just do a movement. Each movement is paired with a clear intent for the mind and an overall goal.
Isn't that a mindset we should have in all our practice and sparring? I realize that, as far as goals, we need to be flexible and responsive to the moment's needs; however, I am learning that it is equally important to have a goal and intent as it is to be able to respond and defend. In some ways, I might say that that offensive, goal driven mindset may be more important for finishing a true conflict.
But even in our practice, I think this body mind connection is very important. This is not just a sport we practice but an integrated martial art.....or is that what you were getting at in your post?
Good stuff, thank you Dana!
Any other thoughts on the similarities in martial arts and what they imply? Any one? Any one?