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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“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)
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You Need to Fix That .....
As the time passed I tried to get a feel for what they thought they were practicing and to the person they felt they were practicing a Do and a Goshin system. Sigh, I felt they needed to fix that or get the mind-set right because if any one of them were to encounter violence other than a school yard scuffle (this one is in question as well) they were going to get hurt. Lucky thing is they will in all likelihood never encounter the fight - regardless of form.
Mr. Rory Miller brings out the need to fix things in the above blog, ergo the actual post topic here. If you don't have the complete thing, the yin and the yang, and if you don't train accordingly you are lessening the effectiveness of your system. When you do basic waza, you have to be visualizing what it is you want out of them. This has to move into the physical, i.e. tori-uke, system as well and later the free style "reality (we hope)" scenario's - if your practicing to defend, fight or combat.
If you do kata - same, same! If you are not doing this or something similar then "you need to fix that" if you want it to be available in a clinch, a fight or violence. It seems simple but if that were so everyone would be doing it but it does not exist as much as one would think.
One hears martial art, karate or MMA, i.e. combative forms, they assume it is combative, fighting or self-defense stuff but is it really? You really need to do the work to find out then actually get into doing all the really dull stuff (I say dull because it is not exactly all the thrills you might think although you can make if fun).
Do we generally go for the cool, interesting and glamourous stuff because of instant gratifications and a feeling of "false" security often hidden or mostly just not acknowledged consciously?
The line in the sand is "effectiveness in combat, fighting and violence?" You have to know which side of the line your on and your system works in. The closer you are to the line from either side the muddier it can get. If your a professional or feel you will work in the field or may encounter violence you need to have clarity - the further you are on the right side of the line the clearer it will be, choose but choose wisely.