At age 54 I discovered a deadly art(and it truly is a complete art with breathing,meditation and energy work included) called Silat that in a quick nutshell is an art with the strategy to end all fights on contact. The problem IMHO for me is it relies too much on leg conditioning and over reliance on Jurus(forms) yet when doing fighting drills it is the most flowing art I have ever seen. I love it. Yet now at 55, I haven’t been to that class in almost a year. One reason is I am always running behind myself it seems. This is what one gets when you decide to go to bed at 5am rather than rising at 5am.
SOLUTION: I am going to try rising at 5am, which I am sure is about the time most of the ancient masters in China, Japan and elsewhere arose. Can you imagine O’sensei, Mas Oyama or Wang Chiang Zhai and Willem’Uncle Bill’ De Thaurus waking at 9 or 10am? They would probably be so ashamed they would think they were severely ill! Maybe that is the biggest secret of success in the arts. Being a very “early riser.” Do we know of many or even any really great martial artists that are nocturnal and sleep till noon every day? Opinions……….?