“We fail to realize that mastery is not about perfection. It’s about a process. A journey. The master is the one who stays on the path day after day, year after year. The master is the one who is willing to try and fail, and try again for as long as he or she lives.”
Excerpt from Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard
A few nights ago in class we were learning an American Kempo technique called Crushing Hammer, when I had a little grasshopper moment: “Wow, it’s like puzzle pieces.”
Basic karate strikes and kicks are a creative collection of puzzle pieces, custom tailored to fit the human body. They work together in infinite combinations, forming kempos and katas.
The leopard’s paw fits perfectly into either the throat or armpit. The hammerfist can be used vertically on the bridge of the nose, or circled around horizontally to strike the ribs or kidneys. A roundhouse kick can be used to strike the ribs or head, or it can loop around and travel downward to buckle the back of a knee.
Add some targeting and power, and a kempo is formed. Combine several kempos, sprinkle in some strategy, timing and flow, and a kata is born. — Patty