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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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High Turnover (takaku rishoku-ritsu [高く離職率])

In most martial systems sensei have to deal with a very high turnover rate. This has become the norm in the west and I suspect it is the same in the east as well. It varies as to why this occurs but it does exist and what I am proposing in this post is "high turnover" is beneficial to the marital arts and systems.

What, beneficial, you have got to be kidding, right? Yes, I propose that such turnover is a benefit and since it is here to stay why not take a look at those benefits and then embrace them as a natural part of training, practice and application.

First, let this be a natural model that allows sensei and senpai to return to the basics and fundamentals of the system they practice. After all these basics/fundamentals are the very essence of the systems we practice. Both as an introduction to the newest participants of this form of budo and also a segway into the fundamentals that newbies often perceive as the same as basics until introduced to how the fundamentals work.  

Sensei and senpai, both, are naturally sent back to the basics and fundamentals of the system with each new arrival into the dojo. It is important that both not pass this effort down to the lowest and most inexperienced kohai but rather take the time and effort to provide their guidance in this introduction. It also sets a mind-set with newbies that sensei and senpai really care about them and their efforts.

Look at it this way as well, would you want the fledgling cement pouring guy to create, set and pour your cement foundation to your home or would it be best to have those experienced journeymen to at least mentor and monitor the fledgling worker to set up and pour the foundation of your home - your dojo, your home, right?

Why would you then want your fledgling kohai to set the foundation for newbies to the dojo with what will be the foundation on which you will build a karate-ka?

As you and your senpai continue to teach these basics and fundamentals to the newbies you are re-introducing yourself to those basics but most important to the fundamentals of those basic techniques where you open your mind to discover all the various paths that the lead off and take you on that journey we call martial arts. 

As  you teach the new guys you will find new things, ideas and ways of implementation and application that always transfer to the kata and to kumite. Is not kata and kumite, if a classically driven traditional practice of karate-goshin-do, derived from what you learn, practice and apply as to basic waza in the model of a fundamental way?


Rick said...

When I trained in aikido a long time ago, there was a beginner's class immediately before the "regular" class at one of the dojo I attended.

I figured, what the heck, mat time is mat time, so I also attended that beginner's class, over and over through the same sequence, for years.

I honestly think it was to my benefit.

SueC said...

Hi Charles, A new student deserves their tuition from an experienced karateka if they are to be set on the right path from the outset. It takes a long time to undo bad habits!

I admire the way you see advantage in what may be perceived as disadvantage. There is always (well nearly always) a positive side to every situation, we just have to have the right mindset to see it sometimes.