Some of the styles are pretty scientific in their appraoch, they adopt a strategy, find principles that embody that strategy and techniques that apply to both.then they run with that.it can be closed minded, but it is usually pretty effective, because you don't have to think, you just react, and you react correctly because it has been drilled into you and you know the counters if you do it incorrectly
...however if you have never seen this approach then you won't understand it, very often this type of style will have taken generations to develop, it is never the province of just one man.......if somebody is good at this approach.....such as Sensei Kuroda then he will strike you down in a second and you will never know how he did it.
If you don't belong to a school like his then you will not understand that type of approach..........you see folks taking a bit of this and a bit of that ....talking about wrestling or weapons etc.but never too specific, and never to detailed that is the common approach.been there ,done that
...and now I've moved on, but not to the point where I think I know that much, but just that I am aware of this different approach.........I think that you would benefit with some Tai-Chi instruction from Joseph Chen........do it for a year ( I always give folks that long )..trust what he says.and after that year see where you are and if your thoughts have changed...if not, move on and reject all that you have been taught...if so.buckle down for the journey and stay with it
....generations to develop by many individuals, who thought critically and progressively to improve the style to suite the times and situation. The science of the style came about because it was added in, adding something is a change. To see change one has to look critically at a style. critical thinking is a staple of the enlightenment, of the scientific revolution. Why were men of the past allowed to critisize and change a style and not men today? Who is boss, the style or the individuals using the style?
In terms of self defense/personal protection the goal comes before the style, not the other way around. Now historical preservation? Sure, but thats a different goal.
I intend to, but only after ive reached a satisfactory level of technique in everything else im training in. Taking a break due to school, but will go back in.
Still doing karate, going for my black soon. I need to be more relaxed and mobile, more fluid.
Ive got a bit more i want for my Jitts, a more open and dynamic guard, right now i play too closed.
my wrestling ive made a commitment for two years in that, i see so much room for improvement there.
My kickboxing is satisfactory, ive done very well in that regard.
Once ive done these goals, im going on to IMA with joseph. Ive heard alot about him, mostly postive since Wilson karate schools has two of josephs students training there in the black belt classes, and regularly input in martial development of the school. Im sure i can pick up alot from joseph.
Also one of my best friends trained with joseph, and told me of the training and philosophy behind it. I also worked with him a bit. Joseph's martial arts are very pragmatic, well thought out, and sophisticated. Also easily integrated into other systems. Nearly everyone ive met who trained with Joseph and can do some fighting had other martial arts backgrounds that were enhanced by adding some Tai chi spice to it.