“Float like a Buttefly, Sting like a Bee…”
People don’t take the notion of athletic intelligence seriously very often, and I did not when I was younger, but as I get older, i’m convinced that kinesthetic genius is a completely real phenomena, and you don’t just see it in the physical motions of that athlete, you hear it in how they speak.
One thing I’ve noticed about kinesthetic geniuses, like Mohammed Ali or Bruce lee, is that they tend to use metaphor a little more often than the average person. Not only that, but they use it very differently.
When they call up metaphor, they are not searching for some vague expression to describe something almost altogether unrelated. Instead, they are speaking in highly specific terms, to describe not just motions or specific movements, but overarching themes of motion that link and tie movements and motion together.
When Bruce Lee says “Be Like Water,” he’s not just talking some new age theme of religious enlightenment to The West. He’s describing a unifying principle of how to move. How to attack, how to strike. One that ties more specific movements together in a unifying whole.
I never used to take these descriptions very seriously, but lately, Yoga Berra does not sound so crazy to me.