Are you a Flat Earther?
In class recently we re-examined the common angles inside of our art (45 degree, 90 degree, etc.) On our Dojo floor we have three stars taped down on the floor to show the “9 Demon Gates”. We use these to give students visual aids on how and where to move their feet. We also use them as a teaching aid to show the various angles for strikes and cuts with a sword etc.
The other night, I explained to the class not to limit themselves to thinking about these angles in a linear or flat world, but rather in a 3D world. So while it is easy to move forward or back at a 45 degree angle, there are so many other ways to move in time and space along similar angles in 3D space. The eye’s opened wide as they all started to mix and match angles and movements as they started to move inside their own “globe”.
Are you limiting your options by only thinking of the world in a “flat” way? Or are you exploring and applying your movements in a rich 3D world?