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A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. "It's overfull! No more will go in!" the professor blurted. "You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup."

  I have recently begun to study Aiki-Jujitsu. I am excited to learn new things, but I seem to have a problem. When I get to class and begin training I automatically begin trying to relate what I am doing in that class to my FMA training. While this isn't a horrible thing, it does distract me from learning. It reminds me of this story. The theory is simple enough to grasp. You must be open to learning. It's the application I find I have trouble with. I wondered if anyone else had similar experiences, or advise they would like to share.    

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Comment by Guro Lawrence Motta on November 2, 2012 at 11:26am

Many students who come to train with me who have had previous training have to be "un-taught" their last style.  With some of them, their attachment to their early training never really leaves them.  I have had students with previous training in Wing Chun, Tae Kwan Do, Muay Thai, Systema and a bunch of other FMA styles.  Sometimes their previous training is a help, sometimes a hinderence.  Some of them grasp desperately to their old training and constantly compare what they are learning now to what they had learned in the past.  Some of them can actually be quite belligerent and get insulted when you correct them because their attachment is so strong.  It takes patience on the part of any instructor to help them un-learn or detach.  But, in the end, I think the student will always find a way to accept the new teaching and make it their own if they are led correctly.  The key for them is to have faith that they will not lose what they have learned before.  When you have completed your new training, your FMA will still be there.  It's okay to set it aside for awhile.  I would also advise that your frame of reference will change as you go forward with the new training.  Emptying your cup is a process, not an overnight flip of a switch.  It is an act of faith.  Just remember also that clinging to a style makes it precious and there is no room in art for preciousness; this only leads the mind into a closed state.  Attachment (preciousness) is a tether to delusion.  Detatchment is the key to enlightenment.  Have faith that your FMA will always be there then throw it away and learn with abandon and joy. This will make you a much better Martial Artist in the long run.  At least that's my opinion.

Comment by Kalijas1 on November 2, 2012 at 1:12pm

"Attachment (preciousness) is a tether to delusion" I see a lot of wisdom in that statement. Thank you for your comment. I will work to look at it from this point of view. 


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