Capacity vs. Quality

“Nobody can save you but yourself. You will be put again and again into nearly impossible situations. They will attempt again and again…to make you submit, quit and/or die quietly inside…and it will be easy enough to fail…but don’t, don’t, don’t. Just watch them. Listen to them. Do you want to be like that? A faceless, mindless, heartless being? Do you want to experience death before death? Nobody can save you but yourself and you’re worth saving. It’s a war not easily won but if anything is worth winning then this is it. Think about it. Think about saving yourself.” – Charles Bukowski

Firstly, Sorry for being away for a while. I felt like I was writing for the sake of writing, making thoughts public that needed to be contemplated further. In essence I was simply adding to the already BS ridden land of social media/blogs/articles that are simply designed to get money..? Get a reaction..? Waste your time..?

I want to provoke some thought today with regard to Capacity vs. Quality within life. Of course, as usual I will take an example from the world I surround myself with most often, physical movement.

After listening to the video chat with Devin Kelley (DK_MOVEMENT) & DJ Murakami (StrongCamps) there was one part that got me thinking more than most. I’m referring to the section of discussion with regards to training philosophy & the idea that no movement is a bad movement, there are just unprepared bodies.

Now from an overview perspective, I very much agree with this statement. We are not built to be robots, we are built to move organically. DJ suggests that he uses various tools in his personal practice to prepare himself for his play time. The play is made up of expressive strength stuff. Stuff that’s designed to provoke a reaction, to question the viewers interpretation or preconceptions. A nice way of using movement as a tool.

However, when you choose to undertake a movement practice that seeks skills such as the Stalder press, HSPU, FL.. there are certain aspects that encompass that given skill, and the underlying principles of these aspects give the movement the qualities that it possesses. The finesse, the mastery of you will.

For example, if we take the Stalder press. Of course, there must be a level of preparedness before undertaking the task. However, this is not the whole picture. Simply preparing joints and tissues in controlled articulation is not enough. The details, the nuances or technical points that create the movement pattern of the Stalder is where the gold is. Accomplishing it unscathed is only one part of the battle.

To understand it, make it efficient, aesthetic & be able to share the knowledge with others; that takes something deeper than an “expression of being prepared”.

To dig deeper, we must set clear intentions. We must reflect upon each step, be willing to fail and question. We must seek help from those that have walked the oath before us, take note of the finer points. First seek to emulate, only then will you have the understanding to then destruct the pattern.

Whatever movement practice you choose, act accordingly. Let it bring pride, joy and connection into your life, not misery, confusion and jealousy.


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