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
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
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.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
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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
Leaning Martial Arts
In martial arts training and learning are "cumulative." We can only benefit by our training and practice by increasing our knowledge and ability by successive additions and or modifications of previous knowledge and abilities attained in practice and training. We must incorporate all that we learn in the dojo on a continuous basis all the way up to the present moment.
If we use this method we train the mind through its ability to become self-producing through our capacity to transmit experiences and its products in a cumulative manner.
Martial Arts were designed to be a cumulative system of learning, both mental and physical. If your martial art has been reduced to a set of requirements that are simply a stepping stone to some non-cumulative goal then it may not be substantive in nature but more like a cover to a good book. We would be viewing the cover and exclaiming how wonderful it looks yet with out reading the content it has no substance.
Remember that it is not just a matter of say, "doing a white belt requirement at a green belt level." Cumulative meaning is not just this but sometimes a proficiency that is derived by the combining and changing of an earlier requirement that if not completely and adequately assimilated in the mind-body would make the new requirement incomplete and inadequate. A bit like learning a specific technique for a specific self-defense act without knowing the driving force behind an attack, i.e. its chaotic and violent nature, the violent mind, etc. It will fail in a violent situation because the mind just has no concept of it when it hits suddenly and with total surprise.
You can practice, practice, practice yet if that practice has no substance; it has no cumulative knowledge and ability then it will fail regardless of all that practice, practice, practice. A sound bite without substance is merely a sound bite. It sounds cool and that is it. Reminder: Technical stuff is cool but without the cumulative knowledge to apply it adequately, properly and effectively it is just that, technical stuff that sounds impressive when we talk about it.
Make sense? Yes? No? Maybe?