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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“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
Sparring vs. Fighting
Some refer to this in sparring as a tori-uke relationship. One gives, one takes and then they switch roles with the purpose of applying correctly martial techniques until they can be instantly applied in varying situations due to varying stimuli with no set pattern or rules. It is one of trust so that both persons as the speed and power are elevated to higher levels remains mutually beneficial with little or no injuries. The goal is to achieve a level of proficiency where it can be applied in the most realistic manner possible closest to what may be encountered in a street confrontation, physical.
This assumes that the first 90% of self protection/defense is trained in avoidance, etc. so when the 1% becomes reality the person or persons can "act" appropriately.
Fighting is not a mutually beneficial act/tool. It is singularly meant to achieve some dominance of victory of damage to another human being. There is no trust for if there were then it would not be a fight. There are several levels of physical encounters from a school yard scuffle to a all out full blown predatory attack with the sole goal of hurting you fast so they can achieve some nefarious goal such as tribal status or simply stealing your valuables.
Fighting is violence. Fighting is illegal. Fighting involves getting hurt by both participants unless it is predatory and the attacker gets you down and out so you cannot respond. Fighting has additional far reaching effects beyond the physical damage. There is psychological for the participants. There is legal issues both parties will deal with as to criminal and civil actions by the courts. There are psychological effects that all persons related to the participants that are damaging such as to family dealing with hospital bills, rehab to get past the damages, lost work, lost income, and so on ... you can see that fighting leads to a lot more than simply winning or losing.
Sparring is something that is acceptable to those parties who participate and has no goal of simple violence or dominance of others if done correctly and if taught correctly. It is a tool to achieve proficiency in actual karate techniques. It is controlled.
Fighting is something that is NOT accepted by society and those parties who participate even if willing are breaking the law for the goal is to hurt another human being, to dominate others for some unknown reason and is not taught in normal society except in a sport aspect such as boxing.
Sparring vs. Fighting can have a vague line separating the two dependent on training and practice with the instruction, good or not good, of the Sensei of the dojo. Sometimes a form of fighting is taught in lieu of the nature of trust and benefit of both parties by one or the other leaving behind the rules and spirit of sparring to gratify their own need to be stronger and dominant which is just another form of less than adequate self-esteem which in turn feeds the ego and so on. Sensei must make sure that sparring, i.e. tori-n-uke relations of trust, are never violated.
It would be assumed, traditionally, that a dojo is a tribe that has mutual goals and comes to achieve a relationship that is conducive to survival of the dojo along with a trust pact that remains morally upright, etc. It should be something that promotes the growth of the groups potential not only in the world of martial technique but also the spirit of life itself.
Such descriptions as valor, benevolence, truth - honesty, loyalty, rectitude, humility, respect, courage, patience, endurance, and will. These more esoterically driven goals must be an intricate part of training, practice and instruction to take karate past its brutal possibilities to a more martial system.