Game Of Thrones – O Treinamento de Arya Stark


Who does not remember
the famous scene in Game of Thrones’s first season in which the dance master Syrio Forel gives important life lessons to Arya Stark during her sword training? However, what are the possible messages that could be hidden behind such lessons? Would it be possible
to uncover such messages trough the kung fu perspective? I would like to invite you now to read Chapter 22 of
the Game of Thrones Book. Many know that the first season of the Game of Thrones series,
produced by HBO, follows closely the book A Game of Thrones, the first book of
A Song of Ice and Fire saga, written by the north-American writer George R. R. Martin and released in 1996. This book was first released
in Brazil in 2010 with the title “A Guerra dos Tronos”. Despite the fact that many classify this book series in the fantasy fiction genre, what impress me the most is it’s strategic approach and it’s realism in such regard. It is in that account
that I wish to focus just in the initial dialogue between Arya Stark and Syrio Forel that occurred during their first meeting. Let us be reminded that Arya Stark is a girl
who was gifted a sword by her adoptive brother,
Jon Snow. She is the younger daughter of the “King’s Hand”,
Ned Stark, a kind of Prime Minister, who hired Syrio Forel to teach the girl how to properly use the weapon which is a extremely thin
and sharp weapon, hence its name needle,
in Portugues “agulha”. The master of arms, conveys to Arya a sword style which may be referred to as
the water dance typical of Bravos, one of the Free Cities of Essos, where he was the first sword of the Lord of The Sea for nine years. With the stage now set for us let’s focus on the
first moments of the lesson… For a better understanding
We’ll watch the TV series version of the book’s passage. Having watched the scene, I would like to speak of three moments that may be viewed
in a kung fu perspective. Professor Pei Min Ni, from Grand Valley State University, refers to the kung fu perspective as an approach by which one interprets
a passage of a book not as mere description of facts but as instructions
by which one can live one’s life. Let us watch the scene’s opening when Syrio Forel establishes
a master apprentice relationship. “You are late boy, tomorrow you should be here at midday.” Note how Syrio Forel
initiates the relationship by making immediately clear who is the master after their first meeting, and in doing, so prepares Arya Stark for becoming a disciple,
in her case a female one. The one who follows
a master in order to learn. Hence the word disciple,
which came from discere, “to learn” He also refers to her as boy, teaching her that a sword has no gender, it has no label. Should she forget her gender to focus on her personal characteristics she will became a better swordswoman. Hence the layout of a situation
will be better ascertained if one has no preconceptions in its regard. Later what will matter the most is not the identification of gender but the recognition of advantages hidden in appearances. Being left-handed she starts
from an inverted guard what tends to disrupt an opponent’s actions and being skinny she offers a smaller target. She follows with a question: Who are you? And he replies: I am your dancing master. The act of being discreet is very important in the
apprenticeship of martial arts as once wrote my master’s
master Moy Yat, Ving Tsun’s system Patriarch Ip Man: “Mo Sut Jin Choi Gwaan Mun Hok.” The best translation
for of this sentence me is: “a high level martial art is learned behind closed doors.” For all intended purposes Arya Stark was having dance lessons to become a lady but her father knew she had wolf’s blood, a fire inside her that pushes those suited to the sword. When Syrio says: “Tomorrow you will catch it, now pick it up”, right after he throws the sword and Arya is unable to grab it, he knows that the martial experience is a mobilizing process. In other words,
he moves people drawing them out
of their inertia allowing them to discover that they are capable of doing in the future, that which seemed impossible in the present. At the same time, however, he instructs: “now pick it up” In other words, should she fail to submit
to her master’s discipline, to learn to do it by herself she will never reach the capability of doing in the future that which
she is incapable of doing today. One must pick up the sword from the floor today to be able to catch the sword midair tomorrow. Do you remember when Syrio warns Arya to hold the wooden sword with just one hand despite her complain of the sword’s weigh? The master explains: “It is as heavy as it needs to be to make you strong and for balance” Being able to see the sword
as a strategic tool to learn the water dance style, swift and sudden. It is to learn life’s dance in which the advantage is with whoever better adapts to the situation. Were you able to see the kung fu perspective? I hope that you have appreciated
these interpretations of this chapter of the book “Game of Thrones”. I look forward for your comments. Best regards and see you in our next meeting in the “Kung Fu Life”.

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