What’s the biggest barrier between you and executing your technique? Your opponents’ movements? Your own movements? The amount of time you devoted to shaping your technique? Flexibility? Mental recognition of the technique? These are just some possible answers to the question stated above, all are equally legitimate. I’ve recently asked myself this question, and like a ball of clay, I’ve been massaging this thought in my mind for a few weeks now. My thoughts and current findings are below, they are subject to change.
While the factors listed above just reach the tip of the iceberg, I believe the iceberg itself is something much larger than a single or combination of various factors. These factors are just leaves on a branch. Where’s the root though? I asked myself this question and I was not surprised when I arrived at my current answer: The self.
It’s you that sets up your own barriers between a successful technique attempt or a failed one. It’s you that obstructs your own path. These barriers that you concoct can be in the form of physical limitations or mental ones. Ones that you can physically feel (fatigue, flexibility, strength (lack of strength), previous injuries, etc.) or ones that affect the mind (perspective, general emotions, and feelings, etc). I believe most of these issues stem from your perspective on them. I recognize that there are also factors that are a true constant, ones that do not change with perspective alone.
With this thought in mind, it lead me to question that if it would be possible to effectively execute ones technique successfully if one could limit or dismantle these barriers more efficiently. My brother gave me a piece of advice once and it has stuck with me ever since. He told me that I should strive to become a tuning fork for my technique to travel through. To allow technique to travel through me, without my emotions, feelings, or physicality effecting it’s route. This visual has allowed me to direct my focus efficiently and has allowed me to attempt the removal of myself from applying my own techniques. Basically, get out of your own way.
It is incredibly hard. It requires a new level of dedication to diligence. Is it even achievable? Is it even possible to remove yourself entirely? Who is to say what the most efficient path to a successful technique even is? I am still molding. But in striving for this, I feel that it will certainly alter your own current technique. Positively or negatively, change will occur. It’s hard enough to execute techniques on an opponent who does not want techniques applied to them. It’s even harder to conquer yourself first, then face an opponent after that.