Learning on mistakes

As some of you know, I am spending days at home this week because I hurt my right foot in Aikido training in monday evening. During practicing of one technique, my friend pushed me with all his weight down to mat and ligaments on my foot couldn`t hold us both. A nasty sound I could feel more than hear, let me know I am done with aikido training for a while. Pain came right after, luckily not as hard as I expected.
Being bored at home, between changing cold compresses, I was thinking about what has happened. This is the first serious injure I had in about 12 years now – the one that will prevent me from training Battodo about a week, and from training Aikido and Iaido for about a month. Maybe even more. Well, some of my friends would say not to take it too seriously, injuries happen, especially in martial arts. But what concerns me more is a fact that situation just few seconds before was under control. To be precise, under my control and it should stay that way. What happened?
Long time ago, in medieval Japan, there was a swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi. A long after he died, a historical novelist Eiji Yoshikawa wrote a book about his life and there was an event described there, event that helped Musashi to realise that times of learning has not come to an end. He was walking over the bridge and while thinking about something else, failed to notice a rusty nail peaking from a board; he stepped on it and it entered deep in his foot, causing him much trouble. What was most important, that put him in possible danger for he could not be able to defend himself if he was attacked. For someone who was shugyōsha, medieval Japan was not a safe place. While he was thinking about what happened (and why!!!) he came to conclusion that his mind was too occupied with not so important things, preventing him to be aware of danger. He then understood that he could be attacked as well, without being aware attack started.
Being reserved as if the story was a fiction or true, this was a nice example of things in everyday life that could be understood in different levels. For the most it was just accident; for someone, it presented a difference between life and death. I don`t want to compare myself with a great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi was; I would not dare. What I wanted to say is that situations like that one happens everyday. Mind is like a butterfly, flying from one flower to another, enjoying life. Then car arrives and butterfly finds itself stuck in a cooler…
So, I was not careful enough. Despite the years of training my mind was bound to a certain situation, failing to see whole picture. And to predict things that could happen. It was all my mistake.
Another great swordsman of the same time (16th and 17th century), Yagyu Munenori, wrote a book Heiho Kadensho – Book about martial arts and military strategy of Yagyu family. The following is a part that is the goal of many martial arts practitioners. As with a lot of martial arts books, this excerpt could be applied to everything else in life.

Once you have trained yourself well, your body and limbs would move automatically without any conscious effort. Your mind will not be overwhelmed by your physical movements. You will employ techniques unconsciously without having to think. Once you have attained this state of mind, not single doubt nor a hesitation will arise. No opponent, not even the devil, will find the opportunity to attack. Train yourself thoroughly and then forget about it. Throw away your mind. You will follow the way without being aware of it. This is the mistery of the way.

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195 Responses to Learning on mistakes

  1. gdare says:

    Risis, good evening :DRose, you are aware the strawberries are Serbian – i.e. the best ones :yes: πŸ˜›

  2. rose-marie says:

    Strawberry ice cream? Woohoo! πŸ˜€

  3. thaodp says:

    I've heard someone talk about ice cream here :left: :right: *where?*

  4. PainterWoman says:

    Originally posted by thaodp:

    Pam, I don't want to imagine how hurt it was when you got it :shiver:

    I remember seeing stars when it happened and almost fainting. Is there going to be a party with ice cream?

  5. thaodp says:

    Darko, you should prepare much – we do like ice scream :chef: :chef: Pam, I don't want to imagine how hurt it was when you got it :shiver:

  6. PainterWoman says:

    Even after twenty years, I still have a click in my foot when I walk. I think it's my left one. I just got up to walk to figure out which one πŸ˜† . Hmmmm…that ice cream looks really good. I'd drizzle a bit of chocolate syrup over it.

  7. gdare says:

    Here πŸ˜€

  8. thaodp says:

    :chef: :chef: Thank you :DAnd where's Rose's ?

  9. Aqualion says:

    I'm afraid I have to correct you, Darko. Danish strawberries are the best. No offense.I have ligament injury in my left knee, dislocated right shoulder, dislocated sacral vertebras, broke my right foot five times, a two inch knife scar on my right forarm and have scars from seven led pellets down my left arm, and this is just a few of the marks I wear. The world is a dangerous place, it will break you down and wear you out.And then you die.

  10. gdare says:

    In a fridge. She will get it when she comes :chef:

  11. gdare says:

    Pam, then something was broken there. Or dislocated very bad. Our hands and feet are full of tiny bones and they could be easily broken.Mit, you girls can have as much ice cream as you want :DMartin, have you been in Jægerkorpset maybe? In Afghanistan? Because your scars says you were :left:I know how you Danes feel about your strawberries but I have a girl visiting my blog from Oslo who admitted the Serbian ones are the best in the world :yes: Rose, tell him :whistle:

  12. Spaggyj says:

    Damn it Darkie, now I'm hungry :irked:

  13. gdare says:

    Ice cream πŸ˜€ I said there is enough for all :chef:

  14. Spaggyj says:

    Holy flurking shnit! What is all that? It looks delicious! :chef:

  15. gdare says:

    Go one, there is enough πŸ˜€

  16. Spaggyj says:

    It's all icecream? Wowee! *drools* :sst: I had to go and get a lousy piece of toast cause of you πŸ˜†

  17. edwardpiercy says:

    I'll take a tall, ice cold cherry Slurpee from 7-11. πŸ˜€

  18. Spaggyj says:

    No icecream. There's other stuff, but toast was the next best thing, craving-wise πŸ˜€

  19. gdare says:

    :awww: No pudding left?

  20. gdare says:

    Ed, I will have to Google that :lol:Kimmie, did you put something on that toast? Butter or jam?

  21. gdare says:

    Go ahead, help yourself πŸ˜€

  22. risis1977 says:

    :eyes:Ice cream!!..Darko, you make me want it now!!..Hmmm.. Yummy!! :happy:

  23. sanshan says:

    Mine is quite visible and I'm proud of it!

  24. sanshan says:

    Your posts certainly stray from their original intent don't they. πŸ™„

  25. gdare says:

    Yeah, I know, you`ve mentioned it before. Well, those days are behind you and I hope you will take much better care of your body from now on :up:I am not much of ice cream lover but I have few during the year πŸ˜€

  26. sanshan says:

    Hey Aqualion, let's compare scars!Dislocated knee joint and three surgeries. Dislocated sternum. Broken foot . Dislocated shoulder. Broken humerus. Torn rotator cuff. Severed middle finger tendon. Facial scar from shaving when I was two. lolMy life seems to be a series of injuries and learning how to recover from them. Sitting still and healing is not easy for an active person. I don't think I will ever get used to it. So I understand how hard this is for you Darko. Oh boy, do I need some strawberry icecream now. πŸ˜‰

  27. gdare says:

    Well, getting off topic is usual πŸ˜€

  28. risis1977 says:

    Ooh, lucky you..:yes:I have to work out to make my body looks more thin..:faint:My friends always says that i'm fatty..:cry:

  29. gdare says:

    Tell them you are not πŸ˜€ Or, tell them you are, but you are proud of it :up:

  30. risis1977 says:

    I'm proud of my self…Sometimes I just ignoring them…:D

  31. gdare says:

    San :lol:Martin this is one cool story. Now I am thinking how long her nails were when she was only 6 :confused:

  32. gdare says:

    Risis, that`s the way :DMartin, ouch, that must`ve been embarrasing and scary at the same time :left:

  33. Aqualion says:

    Life is hard. The coolest scar is the visible slashings I have just over my nose, between the eyes, because it comes with a story. It was a girl, who actually tried to slash my eyes with her finger nails in a fight. When I tell this, people get strange ideas. Some will laugh and find it cool, some will look at me and think I might be abusive. The truth is, the girl and me were both six years old, when it happened, and we were actually good friends.My worst injury is the lack of ligaments in my left knee. Too complex for surgery, they tell me, so I just have to live with it. This means keeping in good physical shape which I try.I'm okay.

  34. gdare says:

    Risis, I am blessed for that because I can eat what I want as much as I want. I am skinny πŸ˜€

  35. gdare says:

    Originally posted by sanshan:

    Facial scar from shaving when I was two.

    πŸ˜† I did that too, but I was a bit older, 4 or 5 I think and cut my lower lip. But scar is hardly visible now πŸ˜€

  36. Aqualion says:

    Susanne and I were just unfortunate. We both got pretty scared. There was a lot of blood. I had this big, stupid band aid sitting on my forhead for almost a month. Annoying. It taught me a lesson, though. Never fight with women. However, like most lessons of life, I didn't really learn from it. πŸ˜‰

  37. risis1977 says:

    Thank you, but I can't eat it a lot..you know, girls matter, ;)Kinda worried 'bout my weight..:yikes:

  38. Aqualion says:

    No, I was never in war, Darko. Unless you can call living with alcoholism a war. The marks and scars are from really stupid things I have done while totally drunk, and I don't even remember how I got most of them. The bullet wounds was from a hunting accident. That I remember, because I was sober. Nothing heroic or cool about that. Only pain.That ice cream buffet sure looks good. Drewl alert!

  39. studio41 says:

    did someone say ice-cream?!

  40. studio41 says:

    Originally posted by Spaggyj:

    It was just a little margarine

    :p Originally posted by Aqualion:

    The truth is, the girl and me were both six years old, when it happened, and we were actually good friends.LOL (I'm sorry, Martin, to hear of your injury)My worst injury is the lack of ligaments in my left knee. Too complex for surgery, they tell me, so I just have to live with it. This means keeping in good physical shape which I try.

    I know a woman beset by basketball injuries and play– in her adult life she had a new procedure, they injected 'cartilage' she can walk pain-free now, after oh so many years!!

  41. studio41 says:

    I jumped into a boat when I was a child, barefoot, and landed on a rusty nail, had to have a tetanus shot that day… I have learned to look before I leap now (but I fell into a utility hole after this incident before I learned the lesson. that one required stitches… ouch!) I am definitely not cut out to be a swordswoman, even yet. (lesson: look down sometimes πŸ˜€ )

  42. Spaggyj says:

    It was just a little margarine πŸ˜€

  43. thaodp says:

    Yeah, ice cream party :hat: :chef: My biggest scar is on my forehead. I got it when I was about 5. My cousin sister took me on her bicycle and dropped me when she couldn't control it. I hit a stone. So much blood. After that all people said my parents would never have to worried about losing me b'cause everyone could realise me immediately when they see that scar πŸ˜€

  44. Spaggyj says:

    No πŸ˜† I was answering a question Darko asked 20 comments ago πŸ˜€

  45. Aqualion says:

    I can walk pain free too. Unless in times with no morphine.;)

  46. rose-marie says:

    First of all, I must clarify that i have never stated such atrocity as Serbian strawberries being the best… :pOriginally posted by gdare:

    Rose, you are aware the strawberries are Serbian

    Of course. The best berries don't make ice cream. They are eaten untreated. πŸ˜€

  47. BabyJay99 says:

    Everything ok now Sir Darko?

  48. gdare says:

    Mit, I cut my head twice, once I hit the iron door, made a cut above my right eye, I think I was 15 then. After that, I was 31, had a sparring with my friend, we used bokkens (wooden swords) and without any protective equipment. He made a cut on the left side of my scull, about 2.5cm long (1 inch). There were a lot of blood and needed to be stiched but I refused – and I am very stubborn sometimes :PJill, ouch, that sounds horrible :insane: I cut myself once with rusty nail on my right hand and it could end up with nasty complications because I refused to go to see a doctor (did I told I am stubborn?) but my mother forced me to go after it started to change colour and grow :left:Kimmie, butter or margarine, it would be even better with some jam…. :whistle:Martin, you need to take painkillers?Rose, you were not so specific, but you know you did it. You know the truth and I know truth might hurt sometimes :whistle:Leaz, I will be ok soon, thank you πŸ™‚

  49. Spaggyj says:

    I don't like sweet things on toast :left:

  50. Aqualion says:

    No, Darko. I was joking. You can't get morphine pills for pain in Denmark. πŸ˜‰

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