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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When I consider the source of the phrase I tend to believe that it can and is done using a budo form, not sportive, of martial art. Competitive could mean a gathering of budo oriented practitioners where one competes against themselves in a group where they actually are demonstrating various aspects of the budo art for study and exchange of information. It may not be referencing any type of trophy oriented competition but rather a self-competitive method of exchanging discipline studies in a comparative mode or model.
If I took the phrase literally with my perceptions as to budo and competition then I would say it is an oxymoron. It is contradictory since my perception separates budo training and practice from any competitive model simply because the rules of said sportive aspects is not budo, in a sense. I guess it comes down once again to who, what, how and when one interprets budo as it relates, if it relates, to a sportive competitive model of practice and training.
Consider competitive stand-alone, i.e. it means competition as is a competitive sport. It is also indicative of one who has and displays a strong desire to be more successful in a discipline (my view as in self-competitive models), then it denotes one who is determining their status as to proficiency in a comparable nature (also my view in addition to sublimate the self-competitive model).
Then there is a competitive model where one is showing or demonstrating a fighting disposition which would be related to budo practice. It also might mean a demonstration of one's aggressive willingness to participate in budo as it applies to a conflict. It can also be a simple contest with others in demonstrating proficiency in some aspects of budo leaving the more dangerous and possibly dangerous aspects aside.
I guess if budo-ka gathered as I am suggesting to create a competitive atmosphere for the self, between other individuals, other groups, etc. that it could apply without the more traditionally sportive meaning of competitive or competition. Then again a more traditional or classical form of budo tries to train the practitioners to stay away from a possible ego and pride driven competitiveness that would hinder progress of the kind believed associated with that model or form of budo.
All good questions, all good responses and all good considerations when training and practicing in a budo tradition, yes?