Hard training


Many years ago, a boy I knew went to Japan to study the game of Go. When he came home he told us that part of his training was to play out the same opening sequences again and again and again. Endless repetition, mind-numbing, dull. Place all the stones on the board. Play out the complete joseki. Take the stones off. Place them again.

It seemed so pointless to him — he knew the joseki. He played it from memory. Why did his teacher make him repeat the same actions over and over?

One man nodded knowingly as he heard the boy’s story. “Teach the hand to remember so the brain can forget,” he said.

Thinking, not thinking. Heart, not head.



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