Not without a bit ‘of irony, we want to ask a question rather absurd: what would be the ability that “potentially” (brought to the highest level conceivable) could be sufficient (eg. for an old man or a child) to win against every kind of opponent? Let’s try to answer.
We all know that each skill has its own percentual importance but we’re at the game and we ignore these details to reflect:
- Strength. What can serve to have the ability to break the stone, bend steel or tear the most elastic fiber if we fail to employ this power on an opponent faster than us?
- Speed. What can serve the (alone) maximum muscular speed if we are not able to cause serious damage to our opponent, if we are not in conditions to avoid his attacks?
- Reflexes. What can serve the reflexes of a panther if we are not technically able to have consistent / reasoned reactions, technical reactions? Reflexes no means speed and furthermore they can always be fooled by a good technique
- Technique. What can serve a good technique if we do not have reflexes, enough speed and power to bring it to target in full? A powerful and faster opponent would put us to our knees in moments
What skills are we missing? Many, but one stands out over the others: spatial intelligence. Even with the force of a child or an old man, it always puts us to a higher level of attack and defense.
Prior to speed and reflexes, spatial intelligence allows us to understand where we are, where is our body, where are our opponents and especially where they want / can go.
Without wasting energy, who owns a perfect spatial intelligence can never be caught out and wait for the opponent’s disadvantage to hit him with the minimum sufficient strength to prevail (the one that every healthy man / woman owns).
Of course there is much to contest in this simplistic and theoretical reasoning but it is not this that interests us, we are not inviting practitioners to stop development of all other skills to focus only on spatial intelligence.
The point we want to stress is that the absence of spatial intelligence developing is the weak point of the vast majority of today’s martial arts workouts, this is that something that leads us to say that a style even after many years of study is not working, is not effective.
To obtain the fruit must grow the tree.
Alone spatial intelligence cannot be coached, it borns in tiny droplets from the experience of years and years of painful practice, profound and daily. It must be our point of departure and arrival but by itself does not exist.
The combat effectiveness is given by the harmonic and consistent multiplicity of each skill and spatial intelligence is their ultimate nectar.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.