There is a Physical opponent who is invisible to me yet he really exists. So, sometimes he wins, other times he loses. Maybe I'm incorrect when I describe him losing and it is not the correct description. I get to know him over time, as my goal is to make him my friend, my confidant, not my enemy. While in the process of making him my friend, he still remains invisible to me.
Many athletes overcome their bodies, and learn to dominate them completely. This does not last too many years. As we begin to age the body slowly starts to dominate. This happens in most athletic endeavors. Martial arts training however, can be different, or at least the outcome can be changed. If the training was carried out correctly, many opportunities presented themselves as certain gifts.
In the beginning Martial Arts training is purely physical. Learning new ways of moving the body is sometimes very difficult. It is the same in all athletic endeavors, including dance. The instructor, the coach and the choreographer show the way.
The body is an instrument of this expression on the physical plane.
In the study of music, the instrument and musician become one through something called improvisation.
Then there is the spiritual way.
Before the time is not the time. After the time is no longer time. When the time is, it is time.
One of the fundamental principles of Martial Arts is gaining without gladness and losing without sadness.
Abstaining from matters from which others cannot abstain and performing deeds that others cannot perform are the business of the Martial Arts practitioner.
If you are an aspiring martial artist, you seek perfection in performance.
Without this seeking, you are not a martial artist.
If you seek perfection, it must be in all aspects of your life.
For progress to take place this is absolutely essential and it is unending.
Within that seeking is paying attention to details and "Attention to Timing!"
As a martial artist you must not segment your life.
One practices "timing" while interacting with others,
Knowing when to proceed and when to yield.
While "Thought and Action" occurring simultaneously may be considered the ultimate in timing...
First, and dead central to the many aspects of timing is "Being On Time!"