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In the following I am going to exemplify this by using Adorno’s radical
transformation of Sigmund Freud’s speculation from “Totem and Taboo”
that in the beginning of human civilization there was a psychologically
Freud traces the socio-cultural taboo of violence
between human beings back to its initial violation by the primal murder.
According to Darwin, prehistoric mankind – the so called primal horde –
lived under the rule of an omnipotent male. Based on this theorem, Freud
recognizes that the decisive step to change “this earliest state of society” was
the alliance of young males against the father, whom they overwhelm and
The threatening fratricidal war and the ambivalent feelings for the
father, however, lead to the remorseful ritual revocation of the murder by
prohibiting the killing of the father’s symbolic substitute, the totem, and by
According to “Totem and Taboo,” the founding act of
civilization is thus murder.
Freud emphasizes this theorem with the famous
quotation from Goethe’s “Faust” “that ‘in the beginning was the Deed,’”3 but
I think it is more accurate to say in the beginning was the murder, i.e. the
Suarez IntnlWould you do a kata in a fight? No. Of course not. The point is that you do the moves and learn the application of the moves to the point that when you are in combat - they can "pop out" at the appropriate moment. Therefore, the purpose of kata is to transcend kata.
The purpose of using the sights is for mind/body coordination, for muscle memory, that so-called "unconsciously competent" state which is better expressed as "Mu-shin no shin" or mind of no mind where the mind is not "stopped" in the mechanics of the tool.
If you find yourself in a long-range shooting situation, you might also use sights there. But for close-in combat, the front sight post is there to train your alignment, not for use in actual combat.
The point is mastery of the tool so that the mind remains free to operate tactically instead of having to focus on the mechanics of bringing the weapon to bear, use it and keep it running. For that, use the front sight when getting used to a new weapon.
If you then find yourself properly aligned WITHOUT using the front sight post, you can take the shot and still get the hit. It's like the zen archers who look straight ahead - and connect without even looking at the target. Because they are properly aligned, they are "one with the target" and need not look at the target to hit it.
I love this comment being here on this thread because it brings directly to mind the approach we should have when working on Kata.
\( I heard that Kanbun didn't either) what they did was small bits of Kata, which were tested against all types of folks and additional training methods.
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