There’s a difference to the ‘now’ of modern existence, and the ‘now’ of being present. As Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now suggests, “We created technologies that would help connect us faster, gather news, map the planet, and compile knowledge. We strove for an instantaneous network where time and space could be compressed. Well, the future’s arrived. We live in a continuous now enabled by Twitter, email, and a so-called real-time technological shift. Yet this “now” is an elusive goal that we can never quite reach. And the dissonance between our digital selves and our analog bodies has thrown us into a new state of anxiety: present shock.”
At the heart of all martial art styles, systems and techniques is the user. That’s me and that may just be you too. There is an assumption among most martial art instructors that the simple act of teaching a technique, then asking a student to copy said technique, dressed up in a drill with a low level of stress, with little chance of failure — will result, if repeated enough times, in success in the moment that technique is needed most.