While it’s easy to get caught up trying to work on the sequence of the moves, having proper emotional intensity – or spirit – behind your moves is absolutely critical for internalization so that the sequences you’re working on become a reflexive response. This is just one essential ingredient to becoming spontaneous with your actions.
When you practice this way, a change comes over you. Over the years I’ve noticed that every time Mr. Mills demonstrates a technique, his whole being changes. He’s not just showing a technique, he is tapping into a part of himself where he appears to place himself in a situation where he has to use that technique to really defend himself.
It goes waaaaay beyond just physically performing a technique.
Whenever you’re practicing, make sure you’re stepping it up. Put yourself into a situation where you have to use a technique to save your life. You’ll be amazed at how much it residually enhances your physical skills. Remember to also practice this when you’re the attacker in a technique.
When practicing alone, visualize an attacker coming in full bore so you kick up your practice sessions. I do this when I practice my forms and sets and it has really helped me kick up my training. It helps give it more purpose.
I challenge you to work on this in each and every workout. It will take some time to figure out, but in the long run, it will help you ensure it’s there when you need it most.
How has emotional intensity helped your training?