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I read this and have to wonder how this applies to my own art. Does my mind fix on making the block when attacked or should I always fix on moving past the block and onto the attack? How does this translate to my own training? Should I back up as taught in kumite or always strive forward or off center to land my own strike? Can training methods teach us to stop in an "abiding place" as Takuan calls it; and lose an opportunity at survival.
the violence is the collision , the meeting of force , most can only see this point and we pretty much all start there .
however as you progress you should be able to see all the time/space around that point , and the opportunity that presents itself there.
fixating on meeting force will limit you forever at colliding , once you can meet you can progress to joining , merging , helping and leading.
taking the angles intercepting lines, taking all the time around that one moment of time, and dont be on the x (dont charge or stay the point of collision) , not blocking and striking in turn but shifting intercepting and entering.
position cover and entry .
does it mean the other will never happen .. no but is it better to ingrain and develop , I think so . Sometimes we are simply no better than training to be victims with all this blocking stuff , stop their attack and plant yourself on the tracks is not a strategy of survival. Why do we practice letting people attack us instead of counter ambushing?
Shoshin Nagamine had a quote "karate ni sen te nashi" there is no first strike in karate. from the Okinawan perspective moraly there should always be a defense before an offense.
LarkinFor sure, if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, self-protection training and maybe even owning a gun isn’t going to make a damn bit of difference.
As these high profile stories overtake the news, they also over shadow every-minute-of-every-day real violence — muggings, home invasions, sexual assaults, rapes, murder, kidnappings… whether at gunpoint, knife at your throat, or a swinging pipe at your head.
The news doesn’t cover the hundreds of crimes against people that happen every day and these are the ones that hold a much higher risk for you and your family.
The everyday common criminal thug, usually high on drugs, needs a constant flow of cash. The sociopath needs the “thrill” of whatever turns him on.
And, then you think about the college campus and bar scene, where date rape and sexual assault has reached a rate that even has the White House speaking out.
Here are some recent stats on crime.
The Every Day numbers:
• One burglary every 10 Seconds
• One home invasion every 10.5 Seconds
• One Aggravated Assault every 20.5 seconds
• One Robbery every 1.5 minutes
• One Forcible Rape every 2 minutes (60% of all rapes occur during home invasions)
• One Murder every 35.4 minutes
• 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime
• Every 9 seconds a woman in the US is assaulted or beaten.
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