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Severe Sanchin testing has gone from demo to classroom activity (for some) in a way that isn't useful. It isn't necessary to be beating on people doing their kata to help build their bodies and their confidence. In fact... in my opinion such activity is potentially dangerously counterproductive
• It trains the student not to give back that which is given. Unless we're talking about a girlfriend going loco, that's not a good thing.
• It trains the student to think that taking a hit - particularly without responding - is a good thing. It is never good to take a hit if you don't have to. The best fight is the one never fought; the best hit is the one never received.
• If we go outside the domain of empty-hand fighting, then it's dangerously counterproductive. When facing a weapon, taking a hit is asking to meet your maker.
The teacher's job is to work on Sanchin structure and function, and not to be engaged in a one-way conditioning drill. Some Sanchin "testing" is appropriate. And it's perfectly fine to work on a student's ability to perform kata in the presence of a little bit of manufactured chaos.
Okinawan 'master'"Ooh, how embarrassing! I just hit him like I always do on "Impress the Visitors Night", but this time he just dropped dead... Stupid weak student! Must have had a heart condition he never told me about. Not my fault!"
Van Canna wrote:Do you think the Okinawan masters who do this really know anything about 'commotio cordis' and 'renal conditioning'?
Among patients in the U.S. Registry, the majority of athletes with commotio cordis were between 10 and 25 years old; 26% were younger than 10 years of age, and only 9% were older than 25 years old.
Van Canna wrote:Imagine a prosecutor showing a jury that video.
I remember the bruises I had resulting from some of those guys when I used to let them test me. I really had no choice if i wanted to be tested. I am still mad at some of those idiots. They could have killed my kidney, my liver---. Damn it, do it to a heavy bag or makiwara, not a student standing motionless.
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