Whether in Martial Arts or Dance or Life, I’m finding that I should not seek a system or a code. These are inflexible.
Often there are simple ideas that started them, but they were supple as a result. The situations were able to be shaped as their situation demanded.
Once you adopt a code, it’s like covering yourself in clay or mud. In time, it may armor you a bit until it dries out or crystalizes.
Then it becomes brittle and will crack under strain, leaving you exposed.