Master Eric K. Hermansen
A SYSTEM FOR PRACTICING
one goes about practicing is of particular importance for the
intermediate or advanced student. Practice should be a
separate endeavor, differing from the creative process that is the
“free work out”. The practice session, the repetition of technique, drills, and form
is like the scales and drills a musician practices. The free
work out is like the performance of the music.
While practicing techniques an
effort must be made to be aware of your targets using “Focused
Concentration”. Also one needs to be attuned to the way your
opponent will “react” to the technique as it is being executed.
All techniques are executed with
perfect rhythm. Don’t be discouraged if a mechanical feeling
is pervasive, at first. At best, practice is a mechanical process of
familiarizing your subconscious using conscious awareness. Be sure
to practice at a time when you are relaxed. Practice slowly, then
gradually increase the tempo. Don’t speed up until you have
subconscious control of the lesson.
Use your mind to maintain control,
and oversee the practice session. This mental "peripheral outlook"
allows for smoothness and free flowing movement.
In the “free work out” you will
respond to an attack with the use of your subconscious mind, thus
allowing instantaneous reaction/action to the situation at hand.
Your training will take over and use the information assimilated
by your mind and synchronize with the body, providing many
different avenues. Body of Mind working together in harmony.