Things I learned from my Cat
By Bob Hubbard
With a title like that, you would think this was a humor bit. Its not, though it is intended to be a bit light hearted. I recently became the personal servant to a 1 yr old leopard-spotted member of the Felis domesticus species. One of the games I play with her is ‘chase the laser pointer’ also known as “Mr. Red Dot”. Now, I know you’re going “What’s this have to do with training?” Well, actually, a lot.
The Chinese arts have the reputation of having been developed based in part on how animals stalk and battle their prey. The common house cat, while not on par with its wild cousin, still has the instincts. Some of the things I learned include:
Leap for it.
Often, while chasing “Mr. Red Dot” I’ll run it up a wall. She’ll usually make the leap and more often than not, hit it. How many of us stop when the bar goes up, pausing our training cold and losing our momentum? The key here is, leap for it. You may hit the wall, but you may also hit the goal too.
Many times, she’ll pause and wait for the chance to pounce. Many times, when I think she’ll go, she still waits. When she pounces, she usually nails it. If she misses it, she immediately leaps into pursuit, running it to ground. How many times so we punch too soon, or kick too late? How often do we miss a goal, get discouraged and pause? The key here is, wait until the target is square in your sites, and then nail it. If you miss, don’t stop, keep at it. But proper preparation is a key.
Enjoy “Mr. SunBeam”.
He who can catch a fly bare pawed, is master.
We can learn
a lot from the animals. Sometimes, even the keys to taking our training
up another notch.
Hubbard is an administrator of the popular martial arts portal site MartialTalk.com
and president of SilverStar WebDesigns inc., a web site design and hosting
company specializing in affordable solutions for martial artists. A student
of all the arts, he is currently studying Modern Arnis.
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