On being a (mixed) martial artist
and the benefit of the open mind.
I often look at martial arts with a very different sort of perspective, I understand that my exposure to martial arts due to the sheer variety that I train and my luck to be able to train with some of the top names in the martial arts community at large puts me in a unique position. To recap I train nine martial arts. Jun Fan Gung Fu, Wing Chun, Boxe-Francaise Savate, Muay Thai, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Kali, and Silat. This exposure allows me to see the parallels between these martial arts. Takedowns that exist in Silat that also exist in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, clinch and elbow techniques that are the same in Wing Chun as they are in Muay Thai, punches that are the same in Panantukan as they are in Western Boxing. This exposure and awareness of these parallels helps me understand the sheer importance of an open mind regarding martial arts and the reasons behind these similatiries. There are only so many ways the human body can be used as a weapon, these are simple physical limitations and it’s why these similarities exist. That being said there is always something that makes each martial art unique. Whether it be the understand of range in Savate, the ability to move adeptly on the ground in CSW and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the physical spacial awareness and understanding and utilization of bone structure that comes from Wing Chun, the list goes on. It is only through that kind of exposure one can truly have the experience necesary to understand how each art an be effective and how training different arts benefit each other. Small amounts of exposure breed incredible bias especially in a day an age as cynical as the one we live in. My main stress here is the importance to keep an open mind and prepare to learn from anyone and everyone. As a teacher I learn from my students every day whether they be a child, someone the same age as myself, or significantly older. But all the time I accept there are things I do not understand and the importance of that very mindset in growing as a (mixed) martial artist. A closed mind towards arts only prevents your ability to grow, just as being closed minded to new ideas that you may not be comfortable with will prevent your growth as a person. The assumpton of knowledge and understanding when there is none or very little is only ever harmful and must be avoided at all costs. Consider this my perspective and two cents on imploring each and every one of you to cast aside assumptions especially when you have no experience in an art yourself. That close mindedness only fragments our community of martial artists when all in all we should be seeking to learn as much as we can from each and every individual. There is too much conflict over which style is more effective and what works and what doesn’t. Anything can work it is up to the individual to make it so, some styles are better suited to some scenarios but there is nothing that is entirely worthless. Whether it be for self preservation or personal growth. So open your mind, be formless, shapeless. And with that open mind we can only stand to benefit from one another.
If teen!Will and teen!Hannibal were youtubers, what kind of youtubers do you think they would be? I think of Hannibal like "My drunk Kitchen" bc, come on! he's always drinking wine! but Will ¿¿¿¿¿
Hannibal would do some sort of cooking show segment, then a pretentious segment on “art” (aka teaching the masses the elite culture)
Will, would be that person who uses their phone just to film their dogs doing goofy thing or just being cute.
And one late night (you know that time of the night when you end up on YT vids you would have never had if the light of the sun was there), Will would stumble upon a vid by Hannibal on the “art of fishing/insect” (whatever) and Will would brave up and leave a comment which question some sort of opinion Hannibal has on this “author”.
Then boom Hannibal looks at all the dogs vids trying to catch a glimpse of this person who happens to understand what he is talking about.
Fruzsina Pittner – better known online as Ryn – loves “art, hugging
trees and books and all sorts of other stuff.” Born in Hungary, she
moved to Scotland about two years ago to study computer arts and game
developing. She draws on anything and everything – including post-it
notes and walls.
“I have been into reading ever since I was very
little – the first serious book I can remember getting through was The
Lord of the Rings,” said Pittner. “Magic and swordfights and adventures
get me really, really excited. If I had to choose favourite books - I’m
not very good with favourites - I’d say the Graceling series by Kristin
Cashore and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, also Daughter of Smoke and Bone
by Laini Taylor – I just love the characters and the world building and
that all three are very graphic and visual in writing. The description
of spaces and characters are very rich and so easy to get into.“
So kinda thinking about doing with my fanart the same sort of setup as my art blogs. An nsfw one and a sfw one. I kinda just want to make new blogs altogether but it’ll be a gradual change. Something just feels…stagnant and I want to do an overhaul and explore styles more and stuff. Idk. Too much trouble you think?
The past few days I’ve been VERY self conscious about my art and have just had a sort of art block altogether. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t low points where I thought about giving it all up. It’d be easy to do. I’d just put down the pen and not pick it up again. But that’s not how you improve. I want to keep getting better and the only way I can do that is by continuing to draw. I have goals I want to accomplish and places I want to be, and the only way I can get there is by continuing forward. I’m not the best artist, not by a longshot, but hopefully with time I will be able to put out art that I can honestly say I’m proud of; art that is deserving of likes/reblogs; art that inspires others; art that makes me smile seeing how much I’ve improved. One day I hope to get there, but the only way towards accomplishing that goal is by continuing to pick up that pen. One day I’ll be where I want to be.