Well, I was thinking about a lot of things the past few days and clearing my thoughts to what has been going on these few months. And I came across a memory that I had when I was studying the art. My master first was teaching about the snake and it’s importance to this world. And I remember doing katas with Master. And kata is form work that you do. For example there are over 40 different katas in my style. Not included weapon katas. But kata is important because it teaches you the moves over and over that you can do these things in your sleep. But more importantly when it comes to the fight, you just don’t think anymore you just do it with out any problems, because you do these katas for over years and years and then they just become ingrained in your head. You kind of feel like a Jedi after awhile because you can study someone so much that you see the weaknesses in the body. And believe me I have a lot of weaknesses and I was training I got my butt handle to me a million times over and over. But anyways katas are a form of training that marital artist do. So a snake kata for example might have 20 moves or 60 moves to it depending on the form that is needed to protect the snake. When you do these forms you look like a snake doing them, but the most important thing is that you feel the spirit of the snake in your blood as well. I am more a crane person to be honest, but I need to work on the snake forms as well or my crane techniques can get weak. Remember all 5 animals need each other in the end to survive in this world.
So, I got way off coarse with my story here, but I do remember working these snake forms and Master was getting mad at me because I kept looking him in the eye when we were working these snake forms. And Master stopped me and had a very important talk to me that I will never forget. He told me never to look at your enemy in the eyes, for the snake thinks he is looking into your eyes, but instead the snake is looking at every part of your body to put his fangs into you so that he can kill you with his venom. That is how the snake works. And I remember asking I thought we always look each other in the eyes, and Master says as humans yes it’s a sign of respect but in the animal kingdom is serves no purpose what so ever. And as you see people in this world there are a lot of snake people out there that will never look you in the eyes, and does are the people that need you the most in the end. It’s not about that they are weak, it’s about that they have something to bring to the table.
And I asked Master what was that they had to bring to that table, and Master told me when I first came to the dojo at the age of 7 that all I did was look at the floor that I could never look him into the eyes until many years later of training. But Master said to me I brought you to my table and you became more than a student to me, you became my family and dear closest friend in the end. I remember smiling at him and I said to him, really I was a floor looker and he reply, lets get back to the training.
That was my best memories of what I learned from my Master is the snake has it ways in this life of showing things and bringing things to the table. Not all snake are deadly as you think, and there is a powerful purpose to why these 5 animals all got together in the end. So, I want to question who ever read this today, what kind of snake spirit is in you? And what things are you going to do in the sense of helping other snake spirits around you? I know one thing for sure this crane will always have my 4 other animals with me at all times. Someone asked me years ago, why do you train? I train in the art so that I never have to ever use these forms or katas. That is why I train. I will let you think about that answer for awhile and find that hidden message of what’s in that message. But until then take care of yourself and the others around you today.
I will keep bringing more of these stories out as the days come and pass. I find it important that Master spirit can live in all of us not just one person…