Miyamoto Musashi is attributed with saying “the way is in training”. This has been interpreted in many ways however, for me it means my understanding and knowledge comes from training. I learn how much I don’t know when I train. It opens doors for me to examine my beliefs, my understanding of everything associated with this lifestyle, as well as to better understand myself. If I need an answer regarding the suitability of a piece of equipment the path to the answer lies in training. If I want to know if my S&C program is working, training will reveal the answer. Training is like turning the light on, suddenly I can see everything more clearly. When I hear folks debating the merits of appendix carry versus behind the hip carry of a pistol, or fixed blade versus folder I immediately think the way to really find a definitive answer is in training, stop talking about it and start being about it. Simply train realistically, intelligently, and with progressive resistance aka Aliveness and we will find the answer. Through experiential learning we find our way. A coach can guide us, maybe structure training in such a manner as to force us to confront any weaknesses in our technique, gear or ourselves however, only we can do the work and absorb the lessons to be learned within the work.
Now I realize I write and talk about this quite a bit, and I will probably talk about this until the day I die because in a world full of things vying to be the main thing, we have to keep the work the main thing. When I write or talk about this subject please understand I’m preaching at myself as much as I’m preaching at anyone. I need a constant reminder to keep the main thing the main thing. The way is in training. Anything that detracts from that pursuit of the truth, anything that isn’t bumping my performance level up a notch or two isn’t productive.
We don’t do this to be known, but to know. The journey never stops, there is no end. The higher we push our performance the higher we want to push ourselves. Enjoy the effort, embrace the way. Be dangerous my friends.
I love the 1911 however, training revealed some challenges that couldn’t be answered by the 1911. My long time mantra; only performance counts came back to kick me in the butt. Whether I liked it or not, I had to let go of my emotional attachment and go to what Tom Givens calls a three bad guy gun. Sometimes the way hurts our feelings, and tramples on our emotions but none of those things will save me in a fight.