Martial Beats

One thing most people aren’t aware of are the various frequencies that their physical body and mental psyche operate in. The beats of our daily lives.
We walk with a certain rhythm, we talk with a certain rhyme, we think with a certain frequency. These beats modulate and change tempo through our daily lives. And there is usually no interruption in this rhythm.
Our mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and even social beats all interconnect to create the symphony of our life.
Marital application of rhythm is first used to teach us our own beats and rhythms and find the weaknesses and slowly train to shift our physical rhythm to something that is more effective. Speed up the tempo, slow it down here, modulate high here, keep it low there. Using traditional form sets, the martial artists trains his/her body to that of a different rhythm. And with imitation of a teacher they attempt to emulate the rhythm of someone who is better than them.
The second application of rhythm in martial arts is the ability to pick up on the rhythm of your opponent. The first rhythm you will notice is that of your teacher and of any other training partners you regularly practice with. This rhythm becomes very noticeable when in situations like sparring where it’s not a set rhythm like in drills or forms. In a sparring situation it’s “free form” and at first you will not know what to do or where to go or what they will do or where they will go. But soon you’ll notice that your body moves in a natural rhythm and you will notice that you’ll start feeling the rhythm of the other person. Given time, and how much you have a knack for it, you will be able to instinctively tell when they will punch and kick at certain moments. With more time you will be able to “dance” in freeform without hurting one another, you will be in tune.
The final step is interruption. You have trained so far to recognize your rhythm, make it better, and then to recognize and synchronize with their rhythm. But martial arts isn’t a dancing art. Martial arts requires the interruption of rhythm for it to be martial. This itself is broken down into two parts. The first is the disruption of your own rhythm. Being able to not be in beat is one of the hardest things to do in anyone’s life, in any aspect. How to not be angry where you usually get angry. How to not be lazy where you’re usually lazy. Not to be scared where you are usually scared. You have been so far training your entire life to fit a certain rhythm you were told or taught to you as optimal. Now counter-intuitively you must start breaking those rhythms apart. How can you take advantage of an opening in your opponent to attack when you usually don’t attack at that stage of your movement? Once you are able to interrupt your own rhythm you can now interrupt the other person’s rhythm. This can be as easy as hitting them so hard that they are thrown off their tracks. Or it could be as subtle as leading them unknowingly into a trap you set up for them.
That is when you get to that level that other people call “awesome.”


One thought on “Martial Beats

  1. One of your bests posts so far.

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