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Elegance: The Secret of Excellence in Top Fighters. (Part 1)

As a Kyokushin karate practitioner since 1971, a former fighter and a passionate knockdown karate and Generative Warrior approach, I would like to share with you my vision of elegance in our martial art. Because the criterion of elegance is probably the one that most easily allows us to detect the true artists of our discipline.

Elegance: Beyond Appearance, a Mastery of Body and Mind 

Elegance, in the martial field, is not only a question of appearance. It is the expression of the perfect mastery of one's body and mind, of the precise synchronization of each movement, of the balance between power and finesse, aggressiveness and restraint. It is a precise and deliberate ballet, where every kick, punch, knee and elbow is delivered with clear intent and maximum efficiency.

Watch the top Kyokushin knockdown karate fighters in action. Every move is a demonstration of mastery, every gesture a living tableau of precision. There is no room for hesitation, no room for uncertainty. The blows are delivered with clear intent, unwavering determination, and efficiency that borders on perfection.

Look at the way the fighter moves, as if he is dancing ballet to the rhythm of his heartbeat. His body is a symphony of muscles that contract and relax in perfect synchronization. His gestures, fluid and precise, are a reflection of his calm and concentrated mind.

He does not just strike; he strikes with precision, accuracy, balance and power. He strikes each blow with clear intent, with maximum efficiency. You can hear the blows echoing in the arena as he hits his target.

Elegance in Action: The Signature of Top Karate Knockdown Fighters 

A top knockdown karate fighter displays an elegance that is expressed in his fluid and precise movements, in the accuracy of his strikes, in the surgical precision of his kicks. Each movement is calculated, each gesture is a response perfectly adapted to the situation. His technique is refined, his timing impeccable and his attitude unwavering.

Beyond Physical Performance: Elegance Outside the Arena 

But elegance is not limited to pure physical performance. It is also present in the fighter's attitude outside the arena. Elegance is seen in the way he trains, in his unconditional dedication to his art, in his constant quest for perfection. It is seen in his ability to remain humble in victory, dignified in defeat, respectful to his opponents and grateful to his masters and mentors.

Elegance in the Fighter's Philosophy: Strategic Intelligence 

Elegance is also found in the fighter's philosophy, in the way he thinks and approaches combat. It is seen in his strategy, in his combat intelligence, in his ability to read and anticipate his opponent's movements. It is in his perseverance in the face of adversity, in his courage in the face of pain, in his indomitable will to always surpass himself.

Elegance and the Generative Warrior: Expression of our Unlimited Potential 

As a practitioner of the generative approach to martial arts and combat practice, I see elegance as an expression of our unlimited creative potential. It is a conscious and evolving process that pushes us to surpass ourselves, to constantly improve ourselves, to push our limits. It is this quest for elegance that gives our practice a depth and meaning that goes far beyond mere combat.

To conclude this first part, becoming elegant in the practice of combat or a kata in the martial art is not a superficial quality. It is a reflection of self-control, discipline, respect and integrity. A true martial artist is someone who embodies elegance, not just in his or her fighting, but in every aspect of his or her life. This is what makes the difference between a good fighter and a great fighter.

Soon, in part two on the elegance of a top fighter, I will give you 6 tips on how to incorporate this concept of elegance into your sparring, kata and training. I will also give you 4 specific practices to include in your training plan to become a creative and generative elegant warrior.

Gaëtan Sauvé

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Super intéressant comme toujours, j ai bien hâte à la suite c est pour bientôt ?

Christian Cyr

Gaëtan Sauvé
Gaëtan Sauvé
May 15, 2023
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Merci pour ton commentaire! Oui, ca va suivre vers la fin de cette semaine.

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