When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
Even if not true, Tatsuo Sensei spoke broken and limited English so even the true meaning may have been lost in the passing of information and knowledge. I have also noted some disparities from one Isshinryu expert to another as well as those who have been interviewed from Okinawa. In all this al lot may have been lost or not conveyed.
Let me also add that many of the Isshinryu'ists here have "patched" the holes with their own input, etc. In our desire to reach new heights in practice it may have produced inaccurate information and knowledge. Example, chambering the fist even with advanced level practitioners and either little or no knowledge of fundamentals/principles that make all martial systems work.
In addition to all this there is always the person interpreting. The recipient of any of Tatsuo Sensei knowledge is influenced by their own customs, beliefs and past experiences, etc. where it colors or possibly distorts that knowledge. This also may be what effected the factions or splits between tribes.
Stand twenty persons side by side with about two arms lengths between each. Go down to one end and whisper in that persons ear a fact then ask them to wait five minutes then turn to their immediate neighbor so it flows down the line and repeat the fact. Every one does it exactly the same way. You go down to the other end and wait so when the last person is in receipt of that fact they can then whisper it to you directly. Guess what, it will not be exactly what you originally said. It will have changed somewhat. Human nature. This is why diligent and continuous ongoing practice and instruction is required. It has to in order to convey the system correctly and accurately.
If this were done consistently since Tatsuo Sensei taught the proverbial first generation practitioners then there would be no factions or what I call tribes. We would all be the same Isshinryu and under the same guidance, processes, fundamentals, principles, and so on.
Maybe because it was like pulling/extracting teeth to get info from Tatsuo Sensei the disparities in Isshinryu exist. We won't mention personalities, politics, and power.