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Time Goes Backwards in the Martial Arts, and You Lose Reaction Time

Time goes Backwards in the Martial Arts …if You Let It

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From Hard Art to internal Power

People who study history are reading what is written by the conqueror. They are getting what the historians feel like blabbin’ about. They are contributing to history by going forward.Been into time lately, realized it ran backwards three decades ago, figured out what it meant the other day.

When you study the martial arts, however, you are trying to go backwards to the original concepts, find out where the art came from, what part of your soul it tweaks.

Lose your reaction time. Stop thinking. Be.

Easy, eh? Well, it is so easy it is hard. Haven’t seen any schools of martial arts that address this, or try to do it, except in the most by the way method, or through passed down stuff they don’t understand and so can’t really apply.

I, however, obsess on it. To lose your reaction time, to lose your mind, to exist in the now, that is what it is all about.

Well, come visit me at Monster Martial Arts. That’s where my stuff is, and I have a truck load of Martial Arts articles. Heck, maybe you’ll lose your reaction time.

Later.

Al

When you understand how time goes backwards in the martial arts you lose your reaction time.

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The Importance of the Name of Your Martial Arts School

A Martial Arts School by Any Other Name…

Okay, you’ve been studying at the martial arts School of the Upside Down Dragon. Or, maybe you’ve decided to start your own school, and you are going to call it the Nine Circling Wombats in Spring. The point here is that…what’s in a name.

H37wfd4 outlaw karate cover origA classical martial arts school might have a recognized name, like Shotokan, but that just means the garage of Gichen. Or maybe a generic name, like Karate Do Dojo, which says it is teaching karate in a school, but nothing else. But there is a deeper underbelly to this whole scene.

Uechi Ryu is considered hard core classic, but what is this thing called Pan Gai Noon? Pan Gai Noon is a system based on the three original forms taught in a Chinese system. The extra five forms in Uechi Ryu were taught, according to Mattson, for entertainment purposes.

That’s right, students needed to be entertained so that they didn’t leave the, uh, commercial enterprise. This seems like a shabby sort of a concept, but, apparently, it is a necessary one. And, in truth, while one could fault the school, and should, one also has to fault the students.

Or, to get back to Shotokan, while it is considered the ultimate legitimate karate school, Gichen Funakoshi apparently passed his authority in matters karate to a school called Shotokai. Apparently he passed his seal and other paraphernalia to shotokai, and Shotokan is (choke) an imposter. Well, one could argue which is legitimate, but both have a right to practice martial arts, and the truth will be found in the individual, not in the school.

But, to continue this profound discourse, kenpo is…not karate. Parker was versed in karate, see his first book, but his teachings ended up being based on Jimmy Woo Kung fu. He called it kenpo karate because nobody knew what kenpo, or kung fu, was.

Commercialism, and other influences, effect the naming of a school or system. Aikido went through a variety of names before being called Aikido. Karate, before being transformed into Tae Kwon Do in Korea, had eight different kwans, or schools.

I suppose the final thought on this is that naming a school can be fun, and it can mean anything. The truth of the art, though, is whether the system is solid, whether the instruct can actually get the student to understand, and whether the student actually has the ability to learn. This is a question beyond names, true to the heart of the matter, and what the student must consider when exploring the morass of grand and glorious martial arts school names.

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