This idea has been kicking in my head for a while. Maija's recent post caused it to resurface. I started kicking this idea around back here. Seems like it's time to revisit it.
In his book Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner advanced the idea of multiple intelligences. The simplistic version of the idea is that people learn and think in different ways, and being "smart" is not merely a function of doing well on the SATs (actually, being smart has very little to do with the SATs, but that's a different rant). Some people learn visually, others auditorially, kinestheically, and so on.
I am a writer. I think in terms of words and stories. I'm starting to even see how I can think of the martial arts that way. Every art is a story. So is every fight. Even individual drills and techniques are stories.
A self-serving posit: I think that many martial arts began life as stories. Warriors around the campfire, talking about past battles. Someone talks about the trick they used to beat that big guy from the next tribe over, and pretty soon, everyone is practicing it. A young warrior shows a new trick that he came up with, and the older one tells about his friend who came up with the same trick, and how it got his friend disemboweled. The stories grow. They become larger, more elaborate tales. Before you know it, you have a whole collection of stories. An anthology. Or a bible. Or a martial art.
The story is in the drill. I preface a lot of my teaching with stories, some general ("I've seen this happen a lot"), some specific ("last Friday night, I saw a guy do this in the ring"). The stories ground the drill, but they are also the reason for the drill. The reason we do the drill is because we're telling you how part of the story goes.
Part of the reason that Tony Blauer's material resonates so well with me, I think, is that Tony spends a lot of time talking about the importance of the scenario. "What happened before what happened before..."
In other words, what's the plot? Who are the characters? What's their motivation? Where does the story go from here?
Of course, the fight itself is a story unfinished, with two authors vying for control. Or maybe just one author with a very adversarial editor? I'm not sure.
I had more on this...it'll come up.