I touched it, at least for a moment on Sunday. Ha, don’t get cute with that.
I touched the magic I have been chasing.
What is that “magic” you might ask. Best way to describe it is to share a conversation I had with Dillon about it.
Me - Do you know of a Japanese term meaning effortlessness?
Dillon - What's the context?
Me - That's the rub, hard to put into words in any language
The feeling is when you are just doing the motion as if you are doing kata or just in the air.
Then when you use that same amount of effort with a person, especially a resistive opponent and they go flying through the air like Hong Kong wire work
Dillon - I mean, in martial arts my go to for that would be Kano's Seiryoku Zenyo.
The "maximum effect/ minimum effort" from Judo.
But I don't know of a term for "effortless" in the same sense as we'd use it.
That is close, probably as close to what I’m trying to express as I’m going to get.
As far as I know there is no succinct term or phrase meaning:
Real time, practical use of martial arts nerd stuff that seems like bullshit until someone half your size tosses you get across a room, or hits you so hard it feels like you crapped out a sizable portion of your skeleton and you just want to lay in the fetal position for a few minutes.
These things have happened to me. The magic I seek is the ability to reliably and consistently do that to bigger, stronger resisting opponents.
I have written about training geared to get from 0 to proficiency as quickly as possible. The magic is going from proficient to mastery, to effortlessness
I think I am on the trail. I touched it on Sunday. On Sunday we had a VPPG (Violence Prone Play Group) meeting. The idea of VPPG is there isn’t a student / teacher relationship. Everybody that attends is tasked with bringing a problem they want to bang out, or a general idea they want to work on. When it is their turn everyone else helps to solve the problem with insight / experience from their unique perspective. Then there is some form of sparring / dynamic resistance to test out the potential solutions. Everybody works on that idea for themselves. Then we move on to the next guy
It started with Greg’s request
Me - Anything in particular you want to work on?
Greg - Yes, basic trips if getting to the dead side isn't an option. Some of the old timey ones from some of your videos you've posted.
I thought he wanted to work on attacking the legs from 0. That is cool because that is part of the Katamedo Jujitsu curriculum anyway.
Effort and prep time are what allow Batman to fight against super powered demi gods