Enter the Dragon part 3

The man...the legendThe last part of this Bruce Lee series is kind of open ended.  You can go to riding schools, have a personal riding coach and read as many “how to’s” as you want, but you still won’t know everything.  Even at the same track, no line is the same as the week before.  Motocross tracks and techniques are always changing.  That is why Bruce Lee is such an amazing person to study.  His philosophical ideas are perfect for moto.  

“I’m not a master, I’m a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I’m still learning, so I’m a student-master. I don’t believe in the word master, I consider the master as such when they close the casket.”  This is pretty interesting, especially coming from the best of the martial arts world.  Lee never stopped learning and looking for an edge.  He constantly studied the past, the present and tried to “be ahead” of his time.  Lee pushed the limits and himself.  This led to a greater understanding of fitness, the mind, body and martial arts. 

If you keep learning on and off the track, nothing but good is going to come from it.  If you are fortunate enough to be a professional racer, you need to constantly work on your riding and fitness.  Look back a few years, when a 16 year old from Florida came in and revolutionized the sport.  James Stewart brought with him the “Bubba Scrub” and a new style of constant charging and riding wide open.  Now, Justin Barcia is riding the same way, but he is taking things to a new level. 

Things evolve so quickly in this sport that it is necessary to keep an open mind and learn from everything around you.  Bruce Lee was the best of the best and he kept learning.  When Carmichael came into the 250 class, McGrath had to step up his game.  Although McGrath beat Carmichael at some races, Carmichael’s style and riding would eventually become the standard. 

Now, there is James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Justin Barcia and crazy fast mini riders like Adam Cianciarulo.  Then next couple of years is going to be ridiculous.  The level of racing at a local level is going to be stepped up and everyone will have to learn new concepts and techniques.  Professionals always say they are looking for some extra speed, so even the elite are still learning. 

Bruce Lee had a great view of philosophy, fitness and sense of well being.  He is a cultural icon and an icon that everyone could look up to.  He lived a life of balanced mind, body and spirit.  Maybe you don’t care for the whole spirit thing, but you can’t deny that he knew how to train and kick anyone’s ass.

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Posted on Sep 04 2009, under Training | No Comments »

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