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hoshin wrote:a good teacher does not have to know jack about fighting if his art is not a direct fighting art, and he makes no claim to be teaching about fighting.
So what's the art in question that isn't a 'direct' fighting art?
Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for combat. While they may be studied for various reasons, martial arts share a single objective: to physically defeat other persons and to defend oneself or others from physical threat.
The term martial arts refers to the art of warfare (from Mars, the god of war). It comes from a 15th-century European term for fighting arts now known as historical European martial arts. A practitioner of martial arts is referred to as a martial artist.
In addition, some martial arts are linked to beliefs such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism or Shinto while others follow a particular code of honor. Many arts are also practised competitively, most commonly as combat sports, but may also take the form of dance.
While each style has unique facets that make it different from other martial arts, a common characteristic is the systemization of fighting techniques. Methods of training vary and may include sparring (simulated combat) or formal sets or routines of techniques known as forms or kata. Forms are especially common in the Asian and Asian-derived martial arts.
my aikido teacher is a good example. he taught shi shin toitsu aikido founded by Koichi Tohei.
now many will teach Aiki as a form of fighting but my teacher didnt. he would constantly remind us that the training is for "life" and KI develpoment ,if you want self defense go buy a gun.
many practice Tai Chi for its health benifits. some do it as a fighting art but again as example my aunt teaches Tai chi in a holistic health center she owns and has no expectations about self defense.
many Tai kwon do schools focus only on the olympics. there focus is on trophys not street fighting.
If you are a teacher, what are some pitfalls that teachers should be aware of in themselves and in their students?
hoshin wrote:By strict definition yes all martial arts come from a combat oriented history but that does not mean that they retain their effectiveness in todays society.
hoshin wrote:I think we often use martial arts as a catch all phrase so this could be a case of samantics. like a "band aid" ....a band aid is not what you put on your cut , it is the name of a company. Band Aid brand bandages.
hoshin wrote:what pit falls should teachers avoid? well one is to know what your art is , what are you teaching? for self defense or for holistic reasons?
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