Standing in Zenkutsu-dachi 前屈立ち Sensei Fogarasi
calls out various strikes and blocks for us, in different combination. To help build our mental coordination as well as our basic kihon technique.
Between techniques Sensei lectures on hand placement or striking with kime, focus. All the while, we are still in Zenkutsu-dachi and told not to move, or stay low. After a while you find your leg begin to shake. You are fighting the urge to stand, or straighten your leg. It soon becomes obvious that the lesson isn’t in the hand techniques, though they are important. The lesson is in the mind.
Sensei Fogarasi tells us not to give into the voice in our heads. The one telling us this hurts or to relax. We have to talk over that voice with something more stern and strong. He says, “Who is talking to who”?
It is difficult to find a definition of what the subconscious mind is. It is generally only vaguely described. The conscious and subconscious mind are always in interaction, or battle, together, although you might not be aware of it.