Ivor and Olive Lewis on thu 8 jun 06
Dear Lee Love,
I agree with you that tactile sensitivity is important in many learning =
processes, even as simple as learning to count by touching things.
But I am interested in you hypothesis that sight is not needed in =
sensing another persons intended motion. What is the nature of this =
sensitivity if you are not in contact with your opponent. Is it =
precognition or telepathy ? If you are in contact with your opponent =
then it is simple pressure sensitivity, in the same way that you can =
feel the beat of your own pulse within your own body. Practice heightens =
that sensitivity through rote learning. Nothing esoteric, just simple =
Lee Love on thu 8 jun 06
On 6/8/06, Karin Hurt wrote:
> Thank goodness I AM NOT ALONE!
Hi Karen! My learning style worked good with the types of
martial arts I was studying: Filipino and Wing Chun Kung fu In the
Filipino style especially, there were few forms/kata to memorize.
The repetitive work was based upon a set of moves, but because it was
all based upon feeling/sensitivity, it was always improvised. More
like Jazz than classical. Almost all the work started off with your
forearms touching. It was explained that we could feel what our
partner was going to do next much more quickly than we could see it.
Why? Because feeling does not depend on the brain for processing, it
is like the knee jerk test the Dr. does, by tapping you just under the
kneecap. But visual cues go through the eye, to the brain and then
to your limb and that takes much longer to process. Our bodies have
smarts that our brains don't.
I have learned clay the same way, from contact with the clay.
Just watching doesn't work very well with me. The most important
advice I could give to folks just learning to throw, is don't even
think about making birthday or Christmas presents. Pass a couple
tons a clay through your hands before you even start thinking about
keeping anything. The scrap barrel is your friend! The pugmill is
Lee in Mashiko, Japan
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