Empty your cup

empty your cup krav maga

 

“Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

– John Kenneth Galbraith

 

In martial training many times you hear the phrase “empty your cup“.

 

The idea of comes from a zen teaching story. A professor who is an “expert” in zen goes to meet famous zen master.

 

As he asks the master questions it is obvious that the professor seems more interested in showing off his own academic knowledge and displaying all he thinks he knows than in genuinely learning.

 

The master offers him some tea and as he fills the cup keeps pouring until it is overflowing. When the professor protests that his cup is too full.

 

The master says:

 

“Like this cup, you are too full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

 

To learn a new technique or concept effectively you should open your mind and try the new material. Martial arts need to be actually experienced in a hands-on way rather than just discussed.

 

Sometimes people get so wrapped up in everything that is going on in their mind (trying to get the move “right”, questions they have, mental chatter etc.) that they have difficulty focusing on just what they are doing in the moment.

 

Empty your cup and take action…

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