When it comes to almost anything in life everyone has certain styles and patterns that they follow. One person may like heavy metal music while another may like hip hop. One person may like scary movies while another may like comedies. Everything in life has different styles that people grasp onto and cultivate around. I don't see there being anything wrong with styles, but I do see them as being limiting. In the words of a great fighter:

The man who is really serious, with the urge to find out what truth is, has no style at all.
Bruce Lee

As it turns out Bruce Lee was more than just one of the best martial artists, if not the best, of all time. He was also an extremely smart philosopher. Here is an excerpt of him explaining styles:

To reach the growing number of students, some sort of pre-conformed set must be established as standards for the branch to follow. As a result all members will be conditioned according to the prescribed system. Many will probably end up as a prisoner of a systematized drill.

Styles tend to not only separate men - because they have their own doctrines and then the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But if you do not have a style, if you just say: Well, here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely? Now, that way you won't create a style, because style is a crystallization. That way, it's a process of continuing growth.
To me totality is very important in sparring. Many styles claim this totality. They say that they can cope with all types of attacks; that their structures cover all the possible lines and angles, and are capable of retaliation from all angles and lines. If this is true, then how did all the different styles come about? If they are in totality, why do some use only the straight lines, others the round lines, some only kicks, and why do still others who want to be different just flap and flick their hands? To me a system that clings to one small aspect of combat is actually in bondage.
Bruce Lee

I think the idea of having no style and being part of all that is is one of the most beneficial things a person can do if they are looking to grow. There is no such thing as a certain type of music being better than another. Sure to your perspective one type may suit you best, but to another a totally different type will suit them best.

I think as people develop more they let go of one particular style and enjoy all. There is no such thing as a better style, simply different. Styles are just stepping stones towards truth and perfection and we should all learn to accept each one as a piece of the puzzle, but never forget that the puzzle is much larger than any one piece can ever produce.

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