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As a way to record techniques, drills and principles, kata certainly works. Hundreds of years after Chinto finished teaching Matsumura his fighting method, we modern karateka have a record of the key points of Chinto's teaching. However, over time kata has drifted away from being viewed as a record of highly-potent fighting methods, to instead being generally considered as an athletic or aesthetic pursuit that has little relation to actual combat.
Regardless of how kata may be perceived today, for karateka with an interest in the original civilian fighting system, kata provides a living link back to that system (see my Bunkai-Jutsu book).
To practise karate as a pragmatic system, kata needs to be actively studied, as opposed to just 'practised'. Gichin Funakoshi (founder of Shotokan Karate) considered the practise of kata without learning to apply them in live situations to be ' useless' (Karate-do Kyohan).
Numerous other masters were also very critical of karateka who only emphasise the aesthetic performance of the kata. To my mind, without in-depth study of bunkai (kata application), kata practise loses all meaning. We should always keep in mind that kata were created to record fighting techniques and principles.
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And this is our beloved Gushi sensei[RIP] a veritable tiger...
It is all in the way we train...
The person holding the jars while being pounded upon, is my dear friend Joe Graziano, most excellent practitioner with the steely physique that Uechi Ryu promotes.
But more important than any style or technique, it is the mindset and deliberation of delivery. This is one aspect that sanchin practice develops.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESYN8thb ... =endscreen
I have walked away from a fight. I have had students walk away from fights. We all suffered the effects which mean that while we achieved one training goal we weren’t all the way there yet. Maybe I have improved with time – only circumstance will tell.
Can we disengage the portion of ego that makes the wrong choices?
How do we train for this in any realistic way?
What’s an Amygdala Hijack?
Intense emotional circumstances like the ones outlined above can trigger a “fight-or-flight” response in the human brain. When this happens, rather than thinking through a problem and acting on it using reason, the emotions that occur can take over and cause us to act too quickly or irrationally. If you’ve ever said or done something in the “heat of the moment” that you later regretted you were probably the victim of an amygdala hijack.
The amygdala is the emotional center of your brain. When you perceive something through any of your five senses, the cortex, or “thinking” area of the brain, tells you how to react. Then the hormones in the amygdala make that action occur.
However, when something particularly stressful or intense is perceived, the thalamus, or “trafficking” part of the brain, bypasses the cortex and sends that perception directly to the amygdala. The thalamus will do this with anything perceived as a potential threat.
If threatened, the automatic response from the brain does not allow for other solutions to penetrate due to the hormones and adrenaline physically bombarding the body. At this point, the brain is not able to think logically and make decisions using sound judgment. Then the problem truly begins.
Its naive to believe you have or deserve any influence over someone else,and that opinions are like assholes everyone has one
that the more holistic approach to martial arts and putting your ego in your conduct rather than your competence is more tactical,and more rewarding.
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