Knife Throwing - Getting in the zone, focusing the mind.
Knife Throwing is not as glamorous or as easy as the movie industry would have us believe. Knife throwing is probably useless in a survival situation, you're probably going to starve. Hunting with a bow or a snare is going to fill your belly faster. So why throw knives?
In my former life as a photojournalist we all knew you shot your best images when you could get in the zone, when you utilized the other side of your brain, when you let your creativity flow through every sinew of your body without anything else present, no danger, no discomfort, no shopping lists or debt worries. Just you and the image you create whilst looking through a lens. Many people do not know this place exists and those of us that do see it only fleetingly. We touch it, then loose it again.
Now 15 years away from photojournalism and in the world of small business I have not seen this place, I have not come anywhere near the zone. Whether I left it in the mud in Afghanistan or it was stolen by a child soldier in Sierra Leone. Perhaps it got mad cow disease from a stumbling animal on the way to slaughter. In any event the zone left me, it would seem, never to return. Until I picked up a throwing knife.
Just like photography, throwing knives have a technical side, there is a measure of distance, similar to focusing a lens. There are environmental decisions that you can compensate for or use to your advantage. But just like photography once you know the technical, you do not even consider it. The technical becomes instinct and you get yourself in the right place at the right time at the right distance from the target and your knife sticks every time.
I am not sure you can learn or teach the zone, it applies to so many things and I am sure artists and Olympic athletes, snipers, marksman, bowman, sportsman and people from all walks of life in the creative world understand the zone, way better than I do. I only visited, I am sure the professionals live there.
Wikipedia quotes, "In positive psychology, a flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one's sense of time."
Just Googling "getting in the zone" will send you down rabbit holes for a week to come. There are many theories and quick fixes. I do not attempt to tell you where it is, what it is or how to find it. Just that it is there to find if you look hard enough.
There is no better survival tool than the zone!