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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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A Training Tool for Martial Karate: Penmanship

Kanji, or Chinese characters, were originally created as "drawing" of those things that they would represent. They began in China several thousand years ago, introduced to Korea and finally entered into Japan where they became an art form called "the way of writing" or Shodo (Show-doh).

Shodo became important to the culture because it became associated with morality and spoke to the education level of the person performing or writing kanji. The writing of kanji became a fundamental part of the samurai training because of its being introduced and influenced by the practice of Buddhism. The writings of Buddhism was written in kanji and due to the importance of Buddhism influences on samurai culture it became what it was for the samurai.

The skills required to learn, the then over 50,000 characters, which had to be written in a prescribed order of up to twenty-five or more lines or strokes per character which can be done only through memorization so it can be readable and have artistic merit resulted in a high level of discipline, penmanship, etc. which influenced character and on the approach to life itself. It became a vehicle for all Japanese to develop the ability to create attractive designs and developed a high degree of hand-and-eye coordination when dealing with things small and complex.

When a person makes a request to be accepted into a dojo it would be of benefit to them to take up the pen and practice their penmanship. This would have a positive impact on their character and their approach to self-reflection to increase their ability to perceive or seek out imperfections that would promote continuous achievement in perfecting their craft. I have been informed by my studies that if this were of greater focus in early education of all children it would and could have vast influence on their mental discipline, etc. For Westerners once a personal penmanship reached a certain level of artistic achievement then it could be suggested they take up the brush or pen for "calligraphy" which is a European/Western art of writing.

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More and more the culture and beliefs that influenced our practice of martial karate speak to the more spiritual side which in this case speaks to the internal side of the practitioner where emotions, art and other things are developed to balance out the physical. Consider this, it is what provided for the samurai culture that although samurai were no more still has influence on today's Japanese endeavors - all of them. This brought about in about thirty years their rise from obscurity to the second largest and strongest economic force second only to the United States.

If you think that the samurai culture and spirit are no more, think again. Take up the sword, take up the pen and achieve balance in life.

1 comment:

Rick said...

I find lately that whenever I must publicly write; to sign a receipt or a check or something, I take my time, my breath and sincerely write rather than just making a scrawl.

To do anything less I think is a wasted opportunity.