Learning and knowledge

Sensei Nishiyama used to say: “once you think you know, you are finished, you don’t learn anymore”. This is the problem of knowledge, once we “know” something, it feels old, even dead. The fact that we can look at every day’s miracles around us, and not be constantly amazed is death. “Not knowing” is different than ignorance, how do we go about increasing in learning while still maintaining the freshness and sense of wonder? One idea is to treat each thing we learn as a piece in a larger puzzle that still has missing pieces. Instead of each thing we learn become another thing we know let it be a reminder of how little we know.

Sensei Nishiyama used to constantly say that in karate “we seek the beauty of one finishing blow technique”, he never stressed doing more techniques and memorizing more combinations, but rather going deeper into each technique. Each technique has limitless levels…

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