Moderator: Dave Young
Most people in my travels who live in the "IF" then world think they will have time to "DO THIS TECHIQUE RIGHT, correct their own weakness, win that one time encounter, or survive that attack, "IF" the time comes and unfortunately more live in a place where this is not a matter of "IF" but "WHEN" this will happen to us, or around us, or to someone we know and love.
However, the training drills or tactics have not been field proven, only placed in a book or power point and talked about. This adds to this equation.
Right on target Dave.You know some people even have a hard time thinking or understanding that maybe, just maybe they are not training in the way that benefits them the most...(Most people only hear the word wrong).
However they choose to word it, it is WRONG, I have found that they have not progressed through the years, just maintained the same things through the years. This happens MANY times in training especially in the martial arts, military and our field.
VAN - Do you think the way UECHI-Ryu is NOW...Is the same as it was when it first started?...I would think not... even that has changed SOMEWHAT - either through being watered down from being passed from instructor to instructor, or changed through the understanding and or misinterpretations throughout the years, something.
We have more violence in our streets now, then 30 years ago, more repeat offenders, more people living in the US then 30 years ago and it is growing.
"WHEN" the attack comes, "WHEN" we need to survive the violence, "WHEN" this happens to us we will do this....So THIS takes on more of a reality then the "IF", because we know that this is a reality.
What has worked for me in my life and career is; I try to never change a person's thinking; just speak the truth and eventually the truth will prevail, maybe not in our life time but it will prevail.
The Forums and Learning
The forums bring a diverse group of people together for discussion.
The only commonality is that we all feel so passionate about our art that after the dojo workout we still haven’t got enough of it so we go on-line to train some more.
I remember many years ago there were some ticked off folks on the other forum because people did not just bow down to their knowledge and the big comeback was that the forum people should get out from behind their computers and train.
Well, news to those folks was that we only get behind out computers AFTER we have trained. That they seemed to be unable to do both was not our issue.
Guess they disappeared to train only at the dojo.
Now certainly there will be the cyber warrior or two and in the wild open popular non style specific forums I sometimes suspect more than those who train but there you go.
Passion: Strong emotion, outburst or anger, strong enthusiasm.
When something is your passion, as the martial arts are ours, then we feel strongly about what we do. And it has been my experience that many martial artists feel strongly about many things.
For instance, while this is not the politically correct thing to say, we all feel we are doing Uechi the right way -- for what we know at that moment.
And while there are different ways to do Uechi, those who do it differently than us are simply wrong.
I know one person posted that they know 1,000 different ways to do one move in a Kata so they could have done it a number of different ways.
While that sounds good it really means you don’t know the best way to do that move because in reality there is only the best way.
I mean why would you do something the second best way or the 955th best way?
That would be dumb.
Yeah there may be a few things where a couple of approaches express the same principles but in reality we should be doing things only one way – the best way we know how for right now.
Now most of us are here on the forums because while we are doing it the best we can we also think we might be able to do it better so we want to discuss and learn.
BUT you had better be able to present what it is you are doing and how you do it or no learning is possible, and because we are all passionate and think we are doing it right at the moment so we will also expect to get questioned and pressed.
And the thing we can most expect is that what we post will not just be accepted at face value.
So let us add two and two here and come up with four.
Passionate people + people who think they are doing it right = Make it clear why your way is better than mine.
Now the great part of the forums comes in when we talk and learn from each other.
But people may or may not listen.
I do not expect anyone to agree with me but that would be their issue not mine (kidding.)
And not so kidding, because I do expect them to come back with a discussion of the points in question not just that I am wrong.
Ever since I have taken part in these forums (and it has been years) heated debate and heated arguments and heated fights break out because we are passionate.
We take whatever is said to heart.
How many read ever word on a thread you are taking part in as if they were written only to you?
Yeah come on admit it.
But most of the time the universe does not have us at its centre and they are more than likely posted something they have thought on for a while.
So let’s talk and discuss and accept that while we have the only right way and everyone else is doing it wrong, they still get to disagree and do it wrong.
“Watch the water. Not the fish. See the road he is on and you will know which way he must turn.” Peter Ralston
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