Warrior Wisdom #1: Mastery

Teacher: I see your talents have gone beyond the mere physical level. Your skills are now at the point of spiritual insight. I have several questions: what is the highest technique you hope to achieve?

Lee: I have no technique.

Teacher: Very good. What are your thoughts when facing an opponent?

Lee: There is no opponent.

Teacher: And why is that?

Lee: Because the word “I” does not exist.

Teacher: So, continue.

Lee: A good fight should be like a small play but played seriously. A good martial artist does not become tense, but ready. Not thinking, yet not dreaming. Ready for whatever may come. When the opponent expands, I contract. When he contracts, I expand. When there is an opportunity I do not hit. It hits all by itself.

From Enter The Dragon

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