Recently Gary S. wrote in about the limitations of power. Of course, there are limitations in all aspects of our practice. If there were not, a black belt would amount to a red cape, and Lord knows that ain't the case!
So, naturally, what do most of us do when faced with these inherent limitations in our system, our style or our self? We run, we hide, we quit, we change styles, teachers, techniques, philosophies, addresses--ANYTHING to help us believe that the "limitation" we faced was some kind of secret, terminal FLAW that WE just now uncovered. Uncanny!
So what happens?
Wearing a Uechi "gi", we attend a seminar or two on Ling Ding, the new internal warming technique guaranteed to burn all opponents. Or, maybe, we read a book or two by Tennessee tough guy Iron Will and feel that, yes, he has ACTUALLY got it all figured out.
There is danger in this.
The danger is that in a style like Uechi, you've GOT to develop power. The effective implementation of the system depends on it! Yes, there are other "ways" to Uechi, but hard conditioning and knock down power are first on the list!
So don't dabble in self defense! If Kyusho interest you, PLEASE study full time with an expert like Evan Pantazi! If you're going to rely on something to save your life, you better be damn good at it at go time.
And dabbling won't do.
If you've studied Uechi all these years and see nothing but holes, do the honorable thing (for yourself) and move on. Think Sim Dum Bum is a superior fighting system? Go for it, dude! Why waste your time if you feel the secrets lie somewhere else?!
Yes there is ALWAYS more to study, more to know, more to see. But having "all skills [is equivalent to] no skills", as the Japanese say. Personally, I'll be a master of one trade rather than a jack of, say, three.
Get back to the dojo and ask the hard questions. When answers emerge, do the hard training. When obstacles arise, use your newfound power and blast through them!
This is the process of hard martial training. And the TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE!!