mikemurphy wrote:And this is NO knock on anyone, but let's be honest with ourselves, how many of us really use what we do?
What it comes down to is that we really don't have anything unless we use it for real.
As I said before, you give a perspective that many of us, strike that, most of us have never had to deal with. We train our kata, do our randori, etc., and that's it.
Joes opinion regarding some "traditional" karate training may not sit very well with some people. As it was fairly clear to me that honesty and open expression in which he shared was not favorable towards some aspects of what many of us do.
mikemurphy wrote: I can teach my dog technique. I honestly don't believe that's the hard part. Teaching the person to actually use it in a non-controlled environment such that you live in, or hand-to-combat in the service when everything is on the line, is where someone's mettle is certainly tested.
I respect what you train for and the venue you compete in (I assume you are speaking about the NHB competition you do), but you are speaking of an activity that has rules no matter what they call it. Even with your comment about someone trying to take your head off, no one is really trying to kill someone in the ring, are they? You definately look comfortable with what you do, but when the day is done, and the match is over, you are still going to get back in your car, head home, and fall asleep on your nice, soft bed, because in the end you are still competing for something, and you and your competition can call it quits anytime they want. So, it's my belief we are talking about two different things hear (both of which I have no personal experience in mind you).
mikemurphy wrote:John ... I hope you continue to state your view on things.
Thanks for the comments,
mikemurphy wrote:First of all, one of the biggest drawbacks to writing in a forum is the misconception of people who are reading them. I am a very cut and dry type of guy. I say it like I see it, and I'm telling you and Joe out there that what I wrote had NO ounce of condescention in it. I respect Joe Pomfret and his students very much. I've seen Joe P. in action and his grappling is more superior to anyone I've ever seen. With that said, my comments about Rory were very simple. Rory lives in a world which most of us where he uses his training everyday. I have no problem saying that since the rest of us do not live in that world, then we don't use our training in that way. I never stated anything about what a person can or cannot do, only what a person does or does not do. If you sit in your dojo and pratice kata everyday, then great, but you have no idea what it means to use your skills in a "real" situation; whereas Rory does. Training for competition in NHB venue (like the Joes), or Judo competition (like several of my students), or regular open competition in karate matches are simply not the same as those people like Rory and his job.
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