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"The [Inay(an)] System (of Eskrima) is Complete" ~ Mangisursuro Inay 1944-2000

A Matter of Perspective

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A Matter of Perspective
“So what I said was true, from a certain point of view.” Obiwan Kenobi

Lately I’ve been hearing a similar message from many different people that are a part of different areas of my life. My pastor might say, “your mind has control over your body.” My boss might say, “believe in your success to achieve it.” Suro will say, “Envision how you would move, act, talk, fight if you were the perfect warrior or version of your self – and then go do those things.”

All of those messages speak to matters of perspective. The way you talk to yourself after you miss a perfect counter, or after you get tagged during a drill, or you don’t hit that 12th rep on your 3rd set. You either talk yourself down, or build yourself up. Instead of saying, “man, that was crap. I should have gotten that last rep,” you should be saying, “Wow! That was an awesome 11, and next week, I’m going to get that 12th rep – no problem!”

I’ve been training with Suro and the regular Los Gatos crew for a couple of months while my job has me working in the Bay area. During that time, I’ve noticed some differences in the way they do things, versus the way that I was taught to do them. Certain locks in lock flow 1, for example, or what transition lock is used to get from lock A to lock B.

I had a poor perspective. I thought, I’ve been doing this stuff wrong for a long time. That was a pretty non-Inayan attitude, and a terrible perspective to take on the matter. What I should have realized at the beginning took me months to figure out… and I was oblivious despite what I believe to be prompts from Suro to head in the right direction.

I was not taught wrong. I learned it differently. That’s a much better perspective. I went from, “I was taught wrong,” to “Now I know 2 ways to get there/2 techniques to use in that situation.” Now that my perspective changed I feel more confident, because now I know that I know more than I thought I did, and I can handle the same situation in ways that other people usually do not.

Perspective matters. Drop the negativity. Try to go an entire day without tearing down someone or speaking negatively about something. If you can’t make it an entire day, start with just the morning at work, then try the morning and lunch, then the afternoon and so on and so forth. Find a positive, mentally building perspective to take and see the impact it has on you in all areas of your life.

Where you go and what you do is dependent on what you believe, and what you believe can be directly affected by your perspective of the relative situation.

Perspective matters.



Perspective and bias

I readily admit that I have a hard time with perspective.  Once I have been taught a good way to do something I tend to prefer that method and am resistant to variants.  For example, I have a background in Musou Shinden Ryuu Iaidou and, because of that, I tend to view Japanese swordsmanship through that lens and anything that is different looks wrong to me.  In some cases (like most of the choreography in "The Last Samurai") it really is tactically suicidal, but most of the time it really is just a different path to the same result and my bias is getting in the way.
I applaud you for being able shift your mind to accept the differences for you are a few steps ahead of me in the process.
Keep up the good work.


 My dad used to use the Metaphor of the sculptor to describe his method of teaching and its purpose...
Did you know that some sculptures of ancient times look comletely different and also out of proportion from differeent perspectives? It is important to rotate the cube, as I am often fond of saying to the students of Inayan. There is often more there than at first meets the eye.
As my father said "The System is Complete"
Be Excellent,

Suro Jason Inay