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
Transmission of the Art
I was reading a post on another martial system blog when I read the line, "... first and foremost about the transmission of the art ...," which reminded me that what is most important and what should be first and foremost in the mind of all sensei is the transmission of the art, system or style they practice and train in.
It involves shedding the skin of self-serving controls and limitations that come from a system that is fraught with commercialism and politics that limits, stifles and stagnates progress in any martial system. I mean the only point to maintaining a dogmatic adherence to some tradition that is not fundamentally taught by a particular master teacher, who has passed on anyway, as if that means of transmission is restricted to some requirements set forth by a hand full of folks who are threatened by the idea that others may take control of their efforts and leave them in the dust.
Training and practice should be approached with a model that is meant for the practitioner/student to develop themselves, to develop their own system of practice and training, and to develop and transmit the art that is within the system, style or branch for the greater good of all.
Then there is the thought that this is neither traditional or actually modern but progressive leaving behind the history and foundational principles that made the martial arts what it was, is and can be .... when in reality a blending of both is possible where the systems of martial practice began but became lost. A system that uses the history to learn from and then promotes the progressive creativity that is the only way a system can progress, prosper and propagate to the children we call students.
It is still a matter of tradition to leave out ego and pride for the betterment of the person, the dojo, the dojo members and the system. It seems as if the ego and prideful manner is what is leaving out what we must and have learned from history so as to simply repeat it as if none of what the former master experts created so the mistakes are made in ignorance propagating stupidity.
Make the transmission of the art your primary concern and allow a blending of both traditional classical teachings blend with your creativity and progressive learning of the new as taught by the old.