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in the zone: limitless

When taken as directed (one pill per day for seven consecutive days), NZT has been shown to be 97.3% effective in improving memory, hand-eye coordination and a host of cognitive abilities.
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I don’t have delusions of grandeur, I have an actual recipe for grandeur.
Bradley Cooper in Limitless

I don’t know how to fight. Or do I?
Bradley Cooper in Limitless

In the movie Limitless Bradley Cooper takes a new synthetic drug called NZT-48. Humans normally only use 20% of the brain’s power. The drug lets him access 100%.

He starts to see things very clearly. He sees patterns. He is able to think deeply and rapidly and he becomes successful and rich. It’s a very cool movie and a great story.

In one scene he is attacked on a subway platform by a gang of men. He has never been in a situation where he needed to fight. But he instantly recalls distant memories of fight advice and fight scenes from movies. And time seems to slow down as his brain processes the information and the situation and he becomes a dangerous and effective fighter.

Great scene. And great concept. Timothy Gallwey wrote some books on the inner game. And Mihály Csíkszentmihályi wrote about the flow. He also wrote about autotelic people who do things for the sake of the thing itself. The idea seems similar to zen thinking.

Sometimes sports players and artists and musicians can get into the zone. Martial artists can get in the zone too. When I did my dan promotion tests in aikido I deliberately didn’t practise the techniques in the months before the tests. And the same for my partners. I never practised with any of them. For each test I took a day’s vacation. I stayed quiet and relaxed until the tests and did a little meditation. And I did the tests with an empty mind. Time slowed down. Everything became simple and easy and natural.


fight scene from Limitless


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  1. niall

    Let me know if you have any questions about weapons or the test.

  2. niall

    Thanks Carina. Yeah it’s a very good movie. Nice coincidence about the book.

    By the way this is one of those situations where I have to say: do what I say, not what I do. It’s probably best to prepare for tests by practising…

    • hahaha, yes Niall we’ll do, not preparing yet, although we are doing some arms lately, for nidan they’ll ask tanto and jo defense. The test will be in september in Tenerife, don’t need a day vacation, because it will be as usually on a weekend.

  3. Thanks Niall for your new movie proposal, it sounds good. A new coincidence, I have the book of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, I have it not finished yet.

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