Yes, I know.
When I was taught another style of karate decades ago, I was indoctrinated with the idea that combat effectiveness would be an "emergent property" of the training. They did not use those words, but the idea was that without ever having practiced real combat, or even simulating it beyond yakusoku kumite and a little jiyu kumite, when the time case, I would be able to perform. Like a religious belief of eternal bliss rather than oblivion or eternal damnation, that was a comforting thought. The confidence it created was useful to some degree...in non-fighting circumstances. Like many beliefs there is probably even a kernel of truth somewhere, maybe even a context, a time or a place, where it is really true. Maybe.
I think if you have an ounce of in-fighter inside you, Sanchin and the rest of Uechi training will amplify it. If you're lucky enough to be a natural in-fighter and striker, you will, as I have, feel that this
is your style, more perhaps than any other. But is it a tool-kit or a religion? Something in-between? Are there "articles of faith"? Now that I am in my late 40's, am I supposed to believe things I am told as readily as I accepted them as a young teenager? It's not going to happen. I don't accept what Rory says without question, either, but he
is definitely not asking me to.
I don't know if knowing better what to expect will even help me when I need it. I don't even know whether reality is, on average, preferable to fantasy. Most people will never experience real violence, particularly if they avoid high-risk environments, so for them it may be just as well to believe whatever they like. I don't worry about 50 year-old karate teachers very much, even though I think you're right that, absent at least an intuitive grasp of the information in Facing Violence, they are at risk variously for seriously hurting somebody who doesn't need it or not pressing the go button when their life depends on it. I don't see where those insights about when
to press the go button and how much force to use are encoded in Sanchin. Rory is not the only one who has suggested that the time to work through this stuff is before you need to make the actual decisions (e.g. Panther). I'm just a listener in this, but I am
BTW, what I do worry about is, for example, young women who come into our classes at Gold's Gym and ask about self-defense, such as happened last week when Fedele had to leave early and I was teaching. When they asked me about self-defense, I didn't spend the rest of the class on Sanchin and promise them that if they practiced it 3 times a day for the next 3 years, they would be able to defend themselves. Actually, I took a few minutes to finish up what I was teaching them about Sanchin, and then I taught them things I learned from Rory. I taught them things that would work for them...on me...today
. I hope they come back so that I can teach them more about Sanchin.
(BTW, I don't know if you got an email for every edit I made to this post.
In fact I got in a kind of loop where I would submit it, read it back, and then decide I didn't like part of it. I think it says what I want it to say now.