"The art of the sword consists of never being concerned with victory or defeat, with strength or weakness, of not moving one step forward, nor one step backward, or the enemy not seeing me and my not seeing the enemy. Penetrating to that which is fundamental before the separation of heaven and earth where even yin and yang cannot reach, one instantly attains proficiency in the art."
The first time I met Sifu, I remember him spending a good bit of time discussing being "in the moment" during training. At the time, my mind was already spinning from the sheer amount of knowledge being taught and demonstrated; adding discussions of mindfulness, the ability to "change with the change," and perceiving the conditions of the moment only made my head hurt even more. I had a vague understanding that the attaining true skill in the art was less about physical skill and more about mental clarity. It would be a while (and the many repeated exposures to the concepts) before I could truly appreciate that first lesson.