To fit in with an opponent one needs direct perception. There is no direct perception where there is resistance, a “this is the only way” attitude.
Having totality means being capable of following “what is,” because “what is” is constantly moving and changing. If one is anchored to a particular view, one will not be able to follow the swift movements of “what is.”
I found this quote on page 18 of Bruce Lee’s book, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, which I’ve been perusing lately for inspiration. I relish getting inspiration from unexpected sources. This particular source deserves deeper examination.
Before I delve into answering, “What the hell is Bruce Lee talking about, and what does it have to do with lindy hop?” let me share one more:
A so-called martial artist is the result of three thousand years of propaganda and conditioning.
Why do individuals depend on thousands of years of propaganda? They may preach “softness” as the ideal to “firmness,” but when “what is” hits, what happens? Ideals, principles, the “what should be” leads to hypocrisy.
(From page 22.)
Lindy hop is also mired in “propaganda,” so to speak.
And for some, the way we perceive lindy hop history gives us the strongest ideals of all.
Lindy hop has been around for over 80 years. It has graduated from adolescence and moved into early maturity. The dance changes much more slowly now. While there is strength in maturity, the risk is stagnation. As lindy hop continues its march toward uniformity, that risk becomes more palpable.
The risk of stagnation appears as your own dancing matures, also. Are you stuck on an endless plateau? Lucky for us, Bruce has some excellent advice. Click to Continue »