Continuous practice and refinement of the basics MUST be the focus for all training. Once a student gets bored with the basics, they lose focus on performing correct technique. A student who only goes through the motions during basics does not build strength & fitness nor will they become proficient in the techniques of the martial arts.
When students can’t focus on their technique development within the training, their techniques become sloppy and incorrect. It can also lead to loss of discipline and control. This often allows the student’s ego to show up in the performance. Poor technique and incorrect movement (often from over powered technique) are allowed because they attract attention.
An education must be viewed as a layered journey toward knowledge and understanding. It starts with developing technique as your teacher gives you. This is needed to develop coordination and basic application concepts. It moves from there into applications as presented to you as the story of the pattern. It culminates with the applications that fit you the best through the development of your technique and ability.
This practice is the most important as it elevates you to the martial artist, rather than remaining a martial dancer. As your education continues, the development of technique and understanding continues. This is where the martial art becomes YOUR art. While everyone can still see the techniques as similar to what they were taught, the movements and applications become wholly your own.
Author: Master Robert Frankovich
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