Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kenpo Karate: Perceive What Cannot Be Seen

Perception can mean a lot of things. For instance, the most common mode of perception for any person is the senses. Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste are common tools for perception. Intuition is another, but is a less common mode of perception. In kenpo karate, and other martial arts, perception is a little different.

Perception is knowing without consciousness. Hard to understand? Yes it is; it is even harder to put into words. True perception comes with experience and training. The more experience an artist has, the higher his/her perception is... Though that is not always true.

You may be an experienced martial artist, but you may have yet to rely on true perception as a tool. However, the more I think about it, it becomes impossible for me to believe that a martial artist who practices the Way and has a high awareness of himself and the world around him, could ever not have true perception. The experienced martial artist would have to be extremely lacking in true experience to not have developed this to even the slightest level.

Perception is essentially intuition, but goes beyond it to action without thought. So without really conceiving an intuitive thought, perception comes and the body of a martial artist takes control and strikes before an opponent can dispatch him.

It is a hard topic to talk about. Perception, in my experience, comes to those who are practicing and watching. It is something that should come to any martial artist who is in the Way.

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