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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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Enburyoku is a term used in the teachings and practice of chinkuchi or kinkotsu-ki. It is considered a fundamental basis of chinkuchi, the practice and performance within the kata, i.e. performing power. This is not to be misunderstood to mean muscling it. Westerners tend to rely heavily on the strength of the muscles in the body to muscle thing and that is a far cry from the whole that is chinkuchi. 

To user power within the confines of chinkuchi it is a combination of the exoskeletal/muscular make up of the human body, the mental spirit of the individual and the product of power or what is termed ki in Japanese (chi in Chinese). It is the wholehearted use of the fundamental principles of martial system within the individual applying chinkuchi. It is that perfect alignment of all things the generate power that includes but is not limited to the muscular strength and fitness of the person. 

It is not readily apparent to anyone not familiar or experienced with chinkuchi or kinkotsu-ki but to those who are it is observed subtly in the very movement of the karate-ka be it in kata or kumite or simply the way they carry themselves in every day life. It is that something sensed but not perceived directly by sight, sound or feel. 

Most explanations, like this one, are tentative attempts to bring about understanding and as expressed by the Shinjinbukan of Okinawa it is something that must be experienced. It is taught, trained and practiced under the direct influence of an experienced sensei of the ancient art of Ti from Okinawa.

[演武力]: The characters/ideograms mean "perform power." The first two characters mean "military exercises; fencing and judo." The first of the two characters means "performance; act; play; render; stage," the second of the two means, "warrior; military; chivalry; arms." The third character means, "force; strength; energy; power; capability; ability; proficiency; effort; exertions; stress; emphasis; means; resources."

1 comment:

SueC said...

Very informative post. I hadn't heard these terms before.