Bringing your other senses into play to make things “second nature”.
Back in August, I talked about adding music to your workout to bring on a sense of rhythm. In September, I told you to listen to your Balisong, because it was talking.
Involving the different senses into your workouts, or anything else for that matter, will make whatever it is you’re doing seem like “second nature”, as if YOU are IT, and IT is YOU.
In the two above mentioned cases, I wanted you to see how involving another of the senses (hearing), could change your whole perspective…… even on something you might have been doing for years.
Something to think about:
I know that for most of you out there, as you practice, you tend to stare at the Balisong. Maybe you are learning a new technique, or you’re just impressed with how much better you’ve gotten with an old technique.
Whatever the reason, I’ve seen it a thousand times……. “Hey Clay, look what I can do!”. And they go through their routine, stareing down the whole time. Even people that tell me they’ve been working a Balisong for years, and consider themselves to be “deadly”, shock me by stareing.
What ends up happening is, you start using your sight as a crutch, which is counterproductive to your quest in making Balisong manipulation “Second Nature”. Having to think about it is not second nature……. stareing usually equals thinking. Get it??
Think about the danger of this “crutch” in a self defense situation. To glance away from an attacker for even a split second is inviting disaster. Things might not be the same when you look up again, causing you to have to re-think, and loose valuable split seconds.
Sometimes, in order to heighten the senses, some of the other senses have to be shut down……. in this case, it’s the vision.
Close your eyes and start going through your favorite Balisong routine. Listen to the sounds it makes, each time it opens, each time it closes. They’re distinctly different. Feel with your hands the weight distribution of the handles at different points in the routine. Each time you stop, see if you can guess if the knife is open or closed…….. or where the blade’s edge is facing.
When you separate the visual aspect from the whole experience, you’ll find that your senses of hearing and feeling will magnify themselves to make up for what is missing (sight).
Your ability to “tune in” to these other senses is the key to cultivating that very important “second nature” feeling that we all want to have with our Balisongs.
Believe it or not, these other senses can be honed to be AS dependable as your vision. The hardest part is letting yourself go, and trusting them, like you trust your sight.
Now imagine again that self defense situation mentioned above. This time, you grab your Balisong (without looking), open it up (without looking), and just know where the blade is facing (without looking)……..
………Now you’re focusing 100% on the attacker, and watching whats going on around you the whole time, instead of watching what your doing.
This will also help prevent “telegraphing” your intentions.
See…….. having that one less thing to think about can make all the difference in the world.