But…No style can ever be as complete as we would imagine to want because of the endless variations of conflict as outlined by Rory Miller in his books and seminars.
Amen Van , the whole concept of styles , and worse purity , is so far away from reality were really missing the picture
at best a style is a fraternal group pursuing a vaguely agreed group of concepts and principles and practices .
At worst its a hierarchy of thought and practice and a cult of behaviour and denial.
the reality is a style pure or otherwise is a very vague construct.
Physically It is the study of force , leverage , relationship , anatomy , and body mechanics that we really study , that's what the founders really studied .
then we study the mental , tactical , and some the philosophical and spiritual.
the quest for the pure art is a side show , best to pick one that you like , and then chase the questions , sometimes you may need to even change arts to follow your purpose . But don't feel limited by the template find a way to use it to liberate your study and anchor your explorations.
The development of a martial artist , lies first with the student , then the teacher , then the art and in that order IMHO
I have switched styles once , cross trained lots , and tested against many more , and I've never been attacked by a style only men.
after a certain amount of experience one should not only take from the art , but give to it , I don't believe any of the masters would have it any other way , and quite to the contrary I believe they would consider it a failure not too. As they all took this approach themselves.
when someone argues this style vs that style , there is a stereotype that is vaguely true , but in reality they might as well be talking about ghosts and goblins , remove the man you have nothing.
we complicate style and construct , and it does us disservice , there is much to be studied in the details but don't get lost in them , violence at the end of the day is a very simple thing , and to make ourselves closer to the answers I think we need to make it smaller simpler and more honest, and be more personally responsible.
I honestly think that's what's so great about a direct condensed and focused style like Uechi.
solid foundations to build from