Timing In Martial Arts pg 33- book of 5 rings
in all things there is an element of timing, but timing in martial arts in particular is difficult to master without practice. timing is demonstrated in the world in such things as dance in the way of noh and in the music of gagaku. this timing is good when they are in rhythm. in the way of martial arts , there is timing and harmony in the shooting of a bow, the firing of a gun, and even riding a horse. in various arts and skills of the warrior, timing cannot be overlooked. there is even timing in emptiness. there is timing in the life of a warrior, too, in rising in the world and in declining, in the harmony and discord. similarly, there is timing in the way of the merchant, in amassing fortune and losing it. in all paths of life there is rising and falling in timing. the timing of flourishing and the timing of declining must be keenly distinguished. timing in martial arts is various. first know right timing and understand wrong timing and discern appropriate timing from among the large and small and between slow and fast timing. knowing the timing of things spatial and the timing of the reversal of things is the specialty of martial arts. martial arts cannot be certain without knowledge of the timing of the reversal of things.
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