In Kung Fu Fighting, control is the ultimate goal.
To begin, I must be in control of myself, my breath,movement, position, and observation. Only when these aspects are in balance, and under my own control, can I attempt to control my opponent. My opponent will constantly try to keep me from controlling him. For every action I input, he will himself act to keep that action from controlling him. In order to maintain control, the speed of those inputs must be higher than that of my opponent’s, otherwise my actions will be counteracted by my opponent, and not achieve my goal of controlling him.
When I can control myself then it becomes much easier to control the situation, and control my opponent. If I can respond to the initiation of the intent to move, rather than just reacting to the movement of that intention, I will be controlling that movement.
If I try to control my opponent directly, it is likely that I will lose control of myself. The intent to control my opponent will lead my actions with that goal, and I cede my control to my opponent, as I begin to react only to the actions and not the intentions. At this moment of loss of control of my opponent, my goal needs to be to regain my own balance, even while my opponent continues to try to wrest any control I have over to his side of the fight.
When Ihave control again over my self, my movements can be correct anddictated bythe needs of the moment,as opposed to the incorrectand inappropriate actions which I am forced to make when I am not in balance. When my balance has been restored I can again react to the initiation of action, rather than always reacting to the action after it has already begun, and in doing so, control my opponent, and the entire situation.
Control is keeping a careful balance between inputs and outputs, stillness and movement. (2016.02.06)