I landed a varial kickflip yesterday. Never in my life have I done that. Honestly, it’s not that big a trick. It was on flat, in front of my house and I was going a decent speed. But it’s the concept or epiphany (read: synchronicity) that occurred that allowed it to happen.
His Dark Side asked me if I have ever learned anything that has taught me how to dissect life. I responded with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Recently, I watched a video on longboarding where this one guy demoed a trick and talked about ‘pressure’ and foot placement. And there it was.
In Gung-Fu, it’s about a lot of things, but for me it’s about pressure and placement – placement of everything. Pressure here, pressure there. Move your hand here, move your head there.
So I took my board out – 20 years later. I never was really good. Mostly grinds on curbs and kickflips, heelflips and 180’s. I couldn’t figure this board out. I wanted it so bad – to be good, go pro and all of it. Perhaps if I had had a coach because I learn differently. The same is with martial arts. I’m not some big engineer head that can think three moves ahead. I’m in the now, forgetting, most times, what I had for supper yesterday.
So, martial arts strikes again: pressure and placement. And wouldn’t you know it, that fixed everything – to ask the question, for each individual trick:
- Where’s your body weight?
- Where’s your front foot placed?
- Where’s your back foot placed on the tail?
- Where’s the pressure on your front foot?
- Where are your arms – are they going to help you in that position?
Shit. Maybe I’mma get good at this thing after all. Oldest sponsored amateur yet? I’mma send myself some fan mail. Brrrap.