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The Karate Tapestry - Part 20
By Robert Hunt
Someone commented once that a demonstration of karate application bears a striking resemblance to a World Wrestling Federation match.
They weren't far off.
Here's an idea - you step forward and punch at me and hold still. I'll block, kick you in the head, then an arm bar, then I'll sweep your legs out from under you and deliver a screaming blow to your prostrate body, fierce as a tiger, and then you grimace in imagined pain.
What do you think?
Such is a demonstration of (contrived)
bunkai - the secret fighting techniques hidden within the kata that we learn and pass on and how we understand them, manipulate them and demonstrate them.
The story of bunkai is truly long and winding, filled with myth, imagination, a few facts, untold misunderstandings, make believe, fairy tales and lies - pretty much like the rest of life.
The original point of kata was apparently to preserve and enhance fighting methods among a predominantly illiterate fraternity of martial artists. A selection of techniques was strung together, memorized, practiced in an order and passed on. Over the centuries, those strings were modified, expanded and named, to fit the criteria of various teachers until, in modern times, they became calcified in karate "styles" and innovation ceased. Now we sort through ancient kata for understanding, much like an anthropologist sorts through ancient cities. We strain to glean hints to the meanings woven into routines created hundreds of years ago.
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The Current War within the Karate Community
by Ray Hughes
We recently concluded an Awards Banquet in Arizona. At that banquet I gave the following speech. I have discussed the pros and cons of competition in this newsletter before. This is a little different angle in respect of awards given to competitors.
There is currently a war waging within the karate community. A war that has been persisting for over a hundred years, a least as far as modern karate goes. This battle revolves around the giving of awards to competitors.
There are those who believe that giving awards to competitors is wrong. They believe this contradicts the philosophy and the spirit of the martial arts. They believe one should train for personal growth, the perfection of skill, overcoming the weakness of mind, and the development of humility. Not to train for materialistic awards and the seeking of glory.
I must admit, I personally believe 100% in this view!
There are those, however, who believe there are skills developed from competition that cannot be fully developed in the dojo. There are skills that can be developed in the dojo such as technical development, goal setting, strategy, and philosophical understanding. But there are skills that cannot be entirely developed in the dojo, such as functioning under elevated pressure, dealing with injustice in real time (both real and perceived), and other internal struggles within the mind that surface when under stress.
To this view, I agree 100%!
This may sound like a contradiction. But it's not.
I believe that competition actually achieves the goals the other side seeks.
But first, isn't self-defense an important aspect of the martial arts? I still think so. And if this is true, how do we best develop skills that will improve the chances of success in real self-defense situations?
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Scottsdale Martial Arts Center
by Dr. Sam Sterk
The use of Visual Imagery
involves a vivid creation or recreation of an athletic performance in your mind, from start to finish. See yourself doing your skill/skills. Mentally rehearse them from start to end. i.e. Katas or your fighting/sparring skills. There are other important uses, namely:
*To motivate your persistence and the intensity
*To manage your energy levels correctly
*To mentally rehearse your perfect skill- great form
*To refocus & maintain your Concentration and eliminate any and all distractions
*Prepare for competition.
Pointers on how to learn to use imagery
- Be calm and use all your senses or even as many as you can (hearing, visual, smell , tastes, kinesthetic
- Control your images-make sure you perform as you want to
- Use your senses and begin with the words, I feel
- Practice, practice, practice
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Sam Sterk, Ph.D., CC-AASP
We all need a little humor in our life. If you have a joke, send it in.
Martial Art Humor
The old Zen master's health was fading. Knowing his death was near, he announced to all the monks that he soon would be passing down his robe and rice bowl to appoint the next master of the monastery. His choice, he said, would be based on a contest. Anyone seeking the appointment was required to demonstrate his spiritual wisdom by submitting a poem. The head monk, the most obvious successor, presented a poem that was well composed and insightful. All the monks anticipated his selection as their new leader. However, the next morning another poem appeared on the wall in the hallway, apparently written during the dark hours of the night. It stunned everyone with it's elegance and profundity but no one knew who the author was. Determined to find this person, the old master began questioning all the monks. To his surprise, the investigation led to the rather quiet kitchen worker who pounded rice for the meals. Upon hearing the news, the jealous head monk and his comrades plotted to kill their rival. In secret, the old master passed down his robe and bowl to the rice pounder, who quickly fled from the monastery, later to become a widely renowned Zen teacher.
We all need a little Zen in our Lives. If you have a story, please send it in.
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