This is twice in the same week that I'm mentioning the movie based on Bruce Lee's teacher, Ip Man.
Rare from me, huh?
I was compelled to write again because the portrayal of the Grand Master in the movie is something we can all extract value from.
My tag line here at Float Sting is
Move smoother, strike harder.
This idea can seem somewhat contradictory. It did to me for the majority of my life. Harder came from increased effort and speed, not being smoother or softer.
Now I get that the two aren't contradictory - they're completely complementary.
For a muscle to fully contract, it must do so from full relaxation.
For you to fully breathe in, you must first fully breathe out.
One needs the other.
If either diminishes, both diminish.
If either improves, both improves.
They are essentially different expressions of the same process.
The same goes for your mind and emotions (the other expressions, along with your body, of the same process - YOU).
Watching Ip Man, I saw something you don't see often in us athletes.
Calm and balance within rapid action.
With many, the need for speed often flusters.
It is this flustering that often robs us of our real top end speed.
How can we be as fast as possible without being as calm and as balanced as possible?
In our sports, there tends to be very little attention paid to our calmness, balance, softness and smoothness because many of us are so intent on getting the result we want that we hurry and panic to get what we know we can out of ourselves.
With a little more calm and the associated qualities, we could get our desired results more easily and quickly.
The quiet, calm, balanced, free mind/body is the most able.
If you're not convinced by such wishy-washy nonsense, I invite you to consider the following:
Do those at the top of the game look flustered often when they're at their best or do they look calm and in control?
Google "The Awakened Mind" to find some neuroscientific evidence for this ability to be fully active and fully relaxed simultaneously.
The Grand Master is a beautiful example of moving smoother to strike harder, in mind and body. Somebody who has cultivated the softer side of things and understands their importance.
I see him as a personification of sporting excellence.
The methods to do so are at your disposal too. You can get a few more of them by clicking here.
It is worth bringing a little more of that excellence to your game?
Arton "Move smoother, strike harder" Baleci