Limits of Perception

This article addresses the mental aspects of breaking. Bringing yourself to a state of maximum focus is crucial when starting out in breaking, or when you are attempting a new landmark in your tameshiwari skills.

If you are working well within your established range, you may not need to employ extreme focus or effort. It is essential when you are attempting to surpass your previous accomplishments because this is the most dangerous type of break. At this point, if your aspirations outreach your conditioning, a failed attempt could result in injury.

When an uninitiated person first sees an advanced break, the natural reaction is ‘that’s impossible, it can’t be real.’ I am a fan of skepticism, but you must not be so skeptical of yourself that you allow it to block your potential.

Most people live at the verge of their abilities. Throughout life, we are trained by our experiences to perceive the boundaries of our ‘reality.’ There is comfort in familiarity, but it can also serve as a cage to trap our progression.

When a practitioner first succeeds with a new break, he is often surprised at how easy it turns out to be. Only then, does one realize just how close success has always been.

Sometimes, the impossible and the possible are separated by only a single degree. The trick is in making that one degree shift to realize your potential. Advancing a degree at a time, you can eventually look back and appreciate the great distance you have traveled beyond what was once thought the limits of possibility.

To step beyond yourself, or at least, the perception of self, is a frightening, but ultimately liberating experience. You must not be psyched out by failure. Through making that extra effort, you can cross the threshold to reach extraordinary accomplishment.

You have to believe that the break is something that you can accomplish. Approaching a large stack of blocks can be intimidating. It is the same feeling that comes from stepping up to a high dive board for the first time and peering over the edge. If it is not a routine practice, it looks like a long, long way down.

In order to achieve a successful break, you must overcome your doubt. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by a new challenge. Intimidation leads to hesitation. When breaking, you must not hesitate or you will not be able to put forth your full effort.

Remember, success and failure is separated by that single degree, and ninety nine percent will not do when one hundred percent is required.