A few of our racers were gymnasts and they could recover from some amazing angles that would put many of us on our ears. The bad news was they lacked size and mass later in the game and were overtaken by the heavyweights and before you pound me on the weight issue remember the rants of the Austrians this year with Lindsey Vonn at the Olympics she was too fat and overweight not to mention I think she is way hot and she was winning.
There are a myriad of factors at work. My legs were strong and I could do things that lots of folks just couldn't pull off. Sitting back and riding the tails and doing "sit ups/get ups on an easy slope for instance. But do a flip or acro ... even in a plane I can force myself but on skis, it would never happen.
Ego? When I was young I took martial arts. I was fair. Later in life I went back and even as an old guy in my 40's was smoking young gym rats. Why? I stopped caring what I looked like in public and the same went for skiing but to a lesser extent. Slay the ego and free the spirit and body.
"Practice This Daily" .. Those are the words of Miyamoto Musashi, Japans greatest swordsman who wrote the "definitive" so it is said, book on martial arts "The Book Of Five Rings" with chapters like .. The Book of Fire ... The Book of Water. Well I read the thing like ten times and the only thing that hit me was the sentence in each chapter that said "practice this daily". Get ready cause here is where I give up the main secret of the martial arts from the Japanese ... Hagakure or hidden by leaves ... so amid the jumble of words, words is the secret and that is do it every darned day. You will get pretty good.
Too bad it's not an "all things equal world".
What VA says about his friend Keith driving through and around people. It's like magic. We were a bit under the sake one night and talk turned to how our sensi could not be touched, His body was always somewhere else so it seemed. It slipped (drunk son), out that he would go from one dojo in Japan and "down the street" to train with Mori Usheba. Aikido is mostly based on the art of evasion and being where it looks like where you won't be. The man was a master of illusion. Enough karate crap and sorry but it kind of just fell out.
Edited by Yuki - 8/26/10 at 4:36pm