Sunday, 29 November 2015

Training with Whis-San

I have been enjoying Dragonball Super for quite a while now.

One character who is experiencing tremendous changes for the better at the moment is Vegeta. This proud Saiyan Prince has been plagued by being surpassed by Goku for years now. Now- we see a new Vegeta that is not only stronger than Goku (for the time being-lol), but who has changed a lot with the help of their new teacher Whis.

The first huge change is that Vegeta got humble. This humility started with him begging Whis to take him as a student. Whis takes the whole humility thing even further by having him do household chores. 

This may seem weird and comical, but pride is actually a huge obstacle in one's progress in the martial arts. One of the martial art's master's greatest assets is the ability to do what is needed without hesitation. This requires firstly that one can clearly perceive what needs to be done and then the ability to act on that knowledge.

What gets in the way of most of us doing that is our thoughts, emotions and hang-ups that come along with it.We are only free to fully express ourselves in our art when we have gotten rid of all this garbage.

Another welcome change in the fighting style of both of these fighters is that the habitual yelling and powering up during fights are now being put to a stop. Whis teaches Vegeta and Goku to only raise their power levels within their bodies so as not to alert their opponents. I think we can all relate to this. Very often we see students that try harder by resorting to longer movements that require more effort and energy and that energy ending up being wasted in unnecessary movements. To reach the level where one's movements are efficient one needs to unite body and mind and one of the first steps to that is to calm one's mind.   

Goku got warned not to be too relaxed, though. :D Things are not alright because we assume it is. They stay alright because we are ever vigilant. Learn to accept this and cultivate the habit of calm alertness and you shall find your life becoming a lot easier. 

One of Goku's illnesses that is getting treated by Master Whis is his impatience. This got done- apparently without Goku's knowledge- by having him and Vegeta change the sleeping Beerus' bed sheets without waking him up. The only way to do this is to wait for him to roll over in his sleep. It must be mentioned that with Beerus rolling over includes levitating. At this stage the two Saiyans thought that Beerus is unaware of their presence, but I suspect that he knew very well that he knew all to well of their presence. Those attacks in his sleep just seemed too deliberate... 

Whis is not muscular and does not seem athletic at all- Yet we find him blocking punches with his fingers and evading attacks from two attackers at once. It is interesting to find that he is also Beerus' teacher. I think I mentioned this in my post about Resurrection F... 

How popular is this show among your students? If you have a lot of anime fans in your dojo they are bound to know about this show. If your students do not yet know about this show- or if you have not seen it yet then you can get started by watching the episodes here:

Have a great week, everyone!

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