By Jose R. Villanueva
As originally published on the Listen & Be Heard Weekly1, January 4, 2006
The Martial Arts does not have to be complex. In fact, it is the simplicity of techniques that can make it effective. A new practitioner to a system of self-
If a person is not in communication with one's body, it would be very difficult to manipulate it enough to be able to do the required techniques. If a new practitioner observes the moves and techniques without having an orientation of one's body, it will have the appearance of complexity. One obtains an ability to communicate with one's body by the stretching and exercise routines of the self-
Learning the fundamentals of a self-
The techniques and exercises must be applied by the new practitioner on a consistent basis. It is the actual practical application of theory. Anyone can load up on theory, but without application one would never know one could apply the knowledge. It is important for any practitioner to know that any technique is workable. One practices any exercises and techniques to perfection. One must be confident and certain in one's ability to apply them.
The gradient scale of orienting one to one's body by applying stretching and exercise routines, the solidification of fundamentals, and the direct perfect application of exercises and techniques brings about a simplicity. Techniques and exercises themselves are not complex. It is only one's lack of knowledge and one's new beginning into an activity that one is not oriented in that has the appearance of complexity.