“A martial arts student approached his teacher with a question. “I’d like to improve my knowledge of the martial arts. In addition to learning from you, I’d like to study with another teacher in order to learn another style. What do you think of this idea?”

“The hunter who chases two rabbits,” answered the master, “catches neither one.”

There are a lot of variables that come into play when learning how to kayak. People outside of our world will look at our sport and immediately translate this activity into merely a physical task, one of stamina and physical endurance. While it’s very much that, it’s almost more a mental test of one’s true strength. It takes much more energy to mentally withstand a taxing situation and to overcome fears (which are a product of our own minds) than it does physical strength, or even skill alone. While teaching yourself how to conserve the energy that you’ll need for the physical demands on the river, you first need to learn to conserve strength for mental awareness. The more you develop your technique, the less physical energy you’ll need to exert.

By combining the two, you’ll develop a style of your own, one rabbit at a time. That, and realizing that, is just one of the many ways the river rewards us.

– Jesse Becker

Two Rabbits|Jesse Becker

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