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Phrost
8/26/2013 11:03am,
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C.S. Lewis' quote on the brutality of learning by experience: is there really any other option for learning? Think about it; do you truly know a thing without having experienced it?

You can intellectually know that you should keep your chin tucked when trading punches with someone, but until you get clocked in that chin for failing to do it, do you really know... do you really "grok" the idea?

In physical activities such as fighting, martial arts, etc., there's really no substitute for first hand, no... better yet... first face experience.

Mr. Machette
8/26/2013 3:12pm,
Yeah, when the price of a mistake is getting socked in the face you either learn or have "issues".

JingMerchant!
8/27/2013 7:33am,
Hmmm, not sure about that one...

Do I really need to murder someone or be murdered to know that it's a bad thing...?

jspeedy
8/27/2013 7:42am,
Hmmm, not sure about that one...

Do I really need to murder someone or be murdered to know that it's a bad thing...?

For asking that question, yes you do!

JingMerchant!
8/31/2013 12:10pm,
For asking that question, yes you do!Elaborate...?

Katje
8/31/2013 12:26pm,
Experience is the hardest of task masters but the lessons you learn will stick with you.

Fuzzy had his first full contact fight today, a K1 tournament that was supposed to be controlled contact but turned out to be full contact. He fought like a demon and refused to give in, even when eating knees and fists with a cut eye and broken nose until he lost by TKO. When we met at age 18 he was painfully introverted and incredibly confontation shy, and through martial arts has blossomed into a much more confident, decisive person.

All he's focussed on now is what he learned from the fight - preparedness, determination, focus under pressure and techniques to work on to make him a better fighter. He's right at the beginning of his journey still, but I'm so damn proud of him.