The human potential for agility has many and varied expressions, which cluster generally into the physical, intellectual and emotional dimensions. I define agility as one’s potential to make adjustments with grace, presence and speed, according to fluctuating circumstance and changing environmental demand. As we navigate through our various life roles, one’s agility allows a continuous re-calibration to new variables that must be negotiated.
When I train a student to understand the concept of frame, taking space, transitions and fulcrums of movement in X-Dtac™, I am asking them to be intellectually agile. When that student is practicing the execution of movement, speed and force, I am asking them to be physically agile. When I am encouraging a student to tap into some deeper strata of power and aggression in order to have a lethal attitude, I am asking that student to be emotionally agile.
As a teacher, I don’t simply explain the system I built, I also challenge students to have the physical agility to carry out that system. What surprises many of my clients is that I must also have them emotionally immerse in the training as well. This emotional immersion creates a psychological state of aggression, power and awareness, which the body then actualizes. Though a student of mine may indeed possess physical abilities that are off the charts, what may hold them back is their lack of emotional immersion. However, sometimes those who are physically very gifted with agility are not particularly intellectually engaged. By explaining more detail in the system, I pull them forward cognitively, emotionally and physically. Just as when I teach heaven 6, it is slow at first but then the student performs the art faster and faster without being aware of it. When I am coaching executive leaders, they are often surprised that I require them to tap into physical agility. Contrastingly, when I am training a fighter, they are often confused that I require them to tap into intellectual agility. If a student is unable or unwilling to pursue all three levels of agility, I find my effectiveness as an instructor is diminished in kind.
Part of the protocol at Ki Fighting Concepts™ is motor skills, muscle memory and tool development based on probabilities. Two other important aspects are tapping into instinct and trusting intuition. These latter elements allow one to be more emotionally prepared for survival. Based on intuition, a student is able to trust the intellectual ability that allows self-protection. I pay attention to the peripheral subtleties in those I serve, because it is these elements that differentiate us at the highest level. A leader is poignantly aware of peripheral subtleties in himself and in others, and this propels one into the upper strata of achievement and leadership. Similarly, the best fighters are those who are emotionally immersed in their art as well as intellectually agile in their endeavors. These three pillars of humanity must be actualized in synchrony if training is to be truly meaningful. I focus on these three pillars because I see them all as essential elements of success in any endeavor. Everyone is deferentially endowed in their areas of agility–some are more physical, some are more emotional and some are more intellectual, but without strength in all areas, a person is critically lacking.
If one is to behave with intentionality, one must first be physically present, then intellectually engaged and finally the deepest level involves emotional immersion. Only when we immerse are we able to tap into our full potential and creativity.