I am fascinated with speed, the one ingredient in martial arts that still thrills this ageing scrapper is speed, hands that move as quickly as an Iguana tongue, kicks that crack the air .
Though there are a few exceptions most competitors and instructors agree that speed is one of the most important attributes a fighter can posses. Physical strength, courage, flexibility, endurance, sparring ability and grappling skills are all important but if you are not fast enough to block an opponents attack, or your to blow to hit him the other attributes will be of little value. In the Ryukyu system you can learn how to go fast. Can perception be improved? Reflexes sharpened? Timing polished? Are there things that can be done to to double your speed? The answer is yes to all of these questions. I have experienced with all of the excersises and drills and the exciting news is that i have got faster in the process. Know that you can develop speed if your tired. Improvement takes time and effort but it is definetely worth it because its fun to be fast.
Instructor Steve " What do we want class "? Speed
Instructor Steve " When do we want it "? Now
Speed is often the difference between first and second in a tournament or first and dead in a real life battle.
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