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Chapter 8. Preparation (Martial Art: Discipline)

Chapter 8. Preparation
(Martial Art: Discipline)

The most important part begins even before you put your hand on the sword.

Jyoseishi Kendan By Matsura Seizan[8.1] (1760–1841)

In the martial arts, the discipline required to learn new skills carries virtually the same weight as the skills themselves. Every martial arts treatise sets forth both the underlying philosophy and the rigorous steps required to attain mastery. In karate, the learning progression is marked by the graduated color coding of the uniform belts. Starting with the beginners' white belt, the levels of achievement for most schools ascend through yellow, orange, green, blue, and brown, culminating in the coveted black belt. It takes years of disciplined practice and preparation to ascend through all the levels. Only the best can achieve the highest level. Although learning to answer tough questions might not be as daunting as a lethal sport, you would do well to apply Thomas Edison's formula for genius, 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, by working very hard before you put your hand on the sword.


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