Understanding Your Art
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
To really understand your art, you must live your art. Every waking hour your art should be on your mind constantly as you learn and learn some more until eventually you feel you understand the true essence of your art. It is at this point that Bruce Lee’s statement above comes into its own, for as you have reached a high level in your art, you can begin to adapt what is more useful for you, but not to disregard the learning you have achieved, but to understand more the journey you have taken to achieve simplicity of movement and thought.
To learn the simplified concepts without a solid base of knowledge and experience in your art is like not having any learning in maths whatsoever and then being given the answers to a maths test. Yes you will pass the math test but you definitely won’t have a true understanding of how you came to your answers. As so in your art, it is the journey that makes you complete and more rounded in your field, affording you the experience of delving into many solutions to many answers, without which, you become robotic in learning what others have stated are the simplified methods rather than what you truly have experienced yourself.