Moo Do Philosophy - The Right Mindfulness

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 2:00am — Grandmaster
The teacher looks for effort…Not skill – There is an old Chinese saying that goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” This means that we are all exactly where we are suppose to be in life. I will never forget when I realized this for the first time. There are many lessons we are not ready for. This is why the Master teacher or instructor looks for effort…not skill. They realize that it takes time to learn anything of value. In fact, I often tell my students that, “Anything that’s worth while takes awhile.” Simply put, the best things in life and the most valuable lessons, will only come to you when you are ready to receive them. This is why the peak performance warrior is in no hurry other than to remain aware, alert, and ready to learn. This takes effort. The skill always comes in time.
“Everything you want in life is already on its way to you. Your job is to aware, alert, and ready to learn and receive.” J. John St. James
Partners, Not Opponents – This concept conveys the importance of being a team player. It has been said that no man is an island. For us to achieve our fullest potential, we must work together where we are needed most in the service of a greater cause. The peak performance warrior understands this and works as part of the greater good. He or she also understands that everyone has a place as long as they are willing to work as partners and not opponents.
“To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.”  Bruce Lee
“Adapting an opponent attitude is futile – your struggle is always with yourself.”  Author Unknown
“Softness triumphs over hardness, feebleness over strength. What is more malleable is always superior over that which is immovable. This is the principle of controlling things by going with them, of mastery through adaptation.”  Lao-tzu
Conscious Relaxation –This concept deals with finding stillness in motion. It is the gap between action and eventually becomes the action itself. It transforms the Tang Soo Do practitioner into a martial artist. It is the ability relax, focus, and relax again. It is also the ability to move from tension to relaxation (Shin Chook) and then back again. Most importantly, it is the ability to be fully present in the moment. The “Master” understands for this to happen, the student must first relax the mind before the body will relax. By doing this, the student becomes the “observer”.
Most of our tension comes from mental stress and anxiety that we hold in our bodies. This is why to learn properly, the student must first relax. The “Master” understands this concept and is able to set a mood that is structured and disciplined yet relaxed. This type of training environment promotes learning as the student learns best when they are relaxed.
“Tension is trying to become who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb