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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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No Kobudo

Why don't we read any posts in any of your blogs about kobudo? Well, that is a story in itself. Lucky it is a short one. I practiced all eight weapons kata of Isshinryu. I also took up the nunchaku, kama and to tuifa after it came to my attention about ten years ago. As to the other weapons, i.e. sai and bo, I stopped those about fifteen or so years ago.

I took up kobudo a bit in early 2001 or so because I was participating in a local Isshinryu dojo where they spent an exorbitant amount of time and effort in their practice. When I decided to stop "working out" there I once again dropped the weapons, all of them.

Long ago I finally came to the conclusion that I too was falling prey to the adage of "more the better" adding kata after kata to my practice. I found that I was losing site of what mattered so cut my practice down to "one dominant main empty hand kata" and all the basics and fundamentals, etc. That was it. I wanted to bring my focus back down to what would serve me best in a conflict, hand-to-hand types.

I listened to all the reasons why one would still practice weapons, etc. but it did't jell with me. All my kobudo kata had lack-a-daisical bunkai and were mostly for show, flash and to impress - so I dropped them.

I thought to myself, should I continue on under the umbrella of traditional and a connection to the past. I decided I could do that just fine with the empty hand practice.

I do not regret learning and knowing the bo, the sai, the tuifa, the kama and the nunchaku but I wanted more so I went with less, empty hand focus and intent.

I don't post on kobudo, etc. simply because I have no real qualifications, information or history that is not already out there in far better form then my writings. I write here more for myself to learn and grow then anything. I do appreciate those who read my stuff and feel like I am contributing in a small way, that is satisfying.

I also felt that I needed to really understand empty hand first which includes beyond the physical and technical to the cultural and beliefs of the system, the people and the place - past and present. I feel I can achieve a deeper and more meaningful understand of my system and its applications by this study, this particular path.

So, no kobudo.

1 comment:

Rick said...

I've made the statement before that a style is a training system or method.

What you are practicing however, is YOUR karate. You've taken ownership of it.

Would that we all get to that point. Martial arts then would return to it's roots.