This comic is for me when I think about my art; for my sister-in-law when she worries about her university studies; for countless others who wish that they could be better than anyone else at something.
At the end of the day, there is no meauring stick with any real meaning other than this: are we better at something today than we were yesterday, and what can we do to be better still tomorrow?
"That’s the Grandmaster in the back. He doesn’t speak much English. He was number one in China back in 1980, so I knew of his name long before I met him. He’s very humble. A true gentleman fighter. He’s 68, but I’ve seen him put a spear against his neck, and use it to push a car." "So at what point can you call yourself a Grandmaster?" "A Grandmaster doesn’t say he’s a Grandmaster. Other people say it for him."
A Martial Artist’s bones are denser than the average human’s. If you were to x-ray a martial artist’s arm their bones will appear opaque and bright white, this means that the bones are dense. If you were to x-ray an average person’s arm it will appear translucent like the image above. There are two major causes for the increased density. The first is repeated impacts, like blocking and striking. This causes micro fractures that allow the bones to heal stronger. The second cause is the constant flexing and pulling of the muscles attached to the bones. When the strain of flexing muscles is applied to the bones, the bones react by increasing their density in order to avoid breaking