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 (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)
“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
School vs. Training Hall
eclectic - selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas; eclecticism - making decisions on the basis of what seems best instead of following some single doctrine or style; a conceptual approach that does not hold rigidly to a single paradigm or set of assumptions, but instead draws upon multiple theories, styles, or ideas to gain complementary insights into a subject, or applies different theories in particular cases; Eclecticism is a kind of mixed style in the fine arts: "the borrowing of a variety of styles from different sources and combining them" (Hume 1998, 5). Significantly, Eclecticism hardly ever constituted a specific style in art: it is characterized by the fact that it was not a particular style.
Americans hear the word "school" or "classes" or "teacher" they naturally connect to past experiences, i.e. kindergarten, grade school, junior high, high school, college, etc. When they hear classes the associate the meaning to those various classes and classrooms where they would spend one hour on a particular subject with homework and a weekly/semester test to pass/fail.
When they see or hear or read an ad saying a local "teacher" is providing "classes" on some strange "subject" called "martial arts" they will come into that environment with a set of predefined idea's on what they are doing and what they "think" is required.
In regards to most, the sport theme martial art, this is usually a good relation of terms because the sport aspect as taught today and was taught in the fifties, etc. was "watered down and converted" to fit into the Japanese/Okinawan school systems more as a discipline, health, and physical fitness regimen. What Sam Walker and Marc MacYoung call "traditional karate or martial art." Post WW-II sport oriented physical fitness system holding the name karate, etc.
I did the same for many years then discovered when I changed my terms and references that those who trained and practiced with me actually and unconsciously changed the intent in their efforts within and without the training hall. I am still working on this aspect as I learn new things all the time that require a shift in how I present my training and how I practice.
I stay away from calling it a school; I stay away from calling it a class; I stay away from saying I teach or am a teacher; and this applies to other terms as I have recently changed from using "basics" in a broad way to a narrow venue of techniques as a part of a whole called fundamentals. Simply because of the perception of what a basic is, etc.
I no longer find "chinkuchi" as a whole but merely a word to describe a very narrow explanation of the fundamental principles of martial systems because by itself it remains limited and our goal in mentoring karate-ka is to not limit but open the box so they may see the entire Universe of Martial Systems.