In one of my last posts, I mentioned that there really aren't any new techniques, yet to be discovered.
While I believe this to be true, the other night, I was reminded of just how few techniques from this existing body of knowledge that I've discovered, or more accurately, how limited my knowledge of them remains.
I've done kote gaeshi (wrist throw) thousands of times, but the other night I was shown a way to make them more effective, painful and easier. And it was so simple.
A few nights before that I was shown a counter to a tai otoshi (body drop), that was so simple I could not believe I hadn't discovered it on my own.
These are two of my 'go to' moves that I've worked on for years, and am fairly good at them, so this took me off guard. After my Sensei demonstrated the techniques, I felt dumb that I hadn't figured out these methods on my own.
My Sensei said it was time to refine my techniques and that this was the start of beginning to master them. It was another humbling moment, when I realized how, even after so many years in the arts, I still have a lot to learn. It's what I love (and sometimes find daunting) about Jiu Jitsu and the martial arts.
I wonder what other martial secrets are hiding out there, right in front of my eyes...
Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it.