Great synopsis of sparring and the differences and similarities between combat and sparring. The parable is an excellent one as well, and serves as a reminder to stick to our intentions, not just within a combative situation (e.g. trap and lock THIS limb) but also about sticking to what we want in life and pursuing them relentlessly until we have them, letting nothing distract us.
Too true! The one caveat I might add is that as a Christian I try to relentlessly pursue what He wants for me instead of my own desires. But otherwise yes you have taken the falcon parable to a whole different level. I can tell that you are a great teacher.
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