All disciplines that include the intensive use of physical faculties of the human body (in particular those involving the fight) expose us to the risk of injuries.
Potentially even in simple workouts we are constantly in danger of suffering more or less serious damage, it is inevitable. This is something from which the true martial artist can not be exempt.
All we can do to be safe from severe injuries is to:
- Learn to listen to our body in the past (preparation)
- Learn to listen to your body in the present (our actual psychophysical state)
- Learn to listen to our body in the future (what we can aspire to do)
- Learn about and predict our limits and our potential
- Learn to be patient and to proceed gradually
- Learn to instinctively and instantly assess the severity of a damage and its possible consequences
With regard to secondary damages (the ones that do not lock our body but only scare our mind):
- Our body must be able to ignore their pain (as if it were any tactile sensation, heat, cold, a caress, etc.)
- The mild pain should be recognized and should not even distract us (no touch, no eyes on it, no action interrupted. etc.)
- We have to condition our body to be (according to the case) elastic, flexible, compact and/or durable
This is what we will learn to do. As our experience will grow:
- Will diminish more and more situations where we will do us harm (the first year is the worst, we do not know our body, our spatial intelligence is limited, etc.)
- Our forbearance to momentary pain will incredibly increase
- Very rarely we will do us harm during normal workouts
However, we have to know, nothing will ever put us safe from unexpected dangers, never ever we will have control of the people and the world around us (in general in the training exercises and particularly in fights).
Again, the only thing we can do is try to prevent the most serious damage and willingly accept the secondary ones.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.