I disagree that understanding motion means understanding the concepts of fighting because
their is more to fighting then motion.
I would even risk saying that a common reason why many martial artists get their asses handed to them in a
real life situation that requires them to defend themselves is because of the illusion of understanding
motion being the same thing as understanding the concepts of fighting.
Of course understanding something also does not always
mean being able to use it but that is another subject even if related in many ways to this one.
What I am talking about is how knowing a hundred or 12 patterns of motion that your many weapons can move on
knowing a hundred and eight targets to hit or 36 vital points, understand the cause and effect relationship of striking those targets on every degree or angle etc is only a small part that gets focused on way to much.
Where lessons on:
How to use your environment to strategic and tactical advantage.
How to profile everyone in a room at first glance.
How with continued observation what signs to look for to spot the likely criminal element or predators if you will.
How to adjust the patterns of life to mimimize risks
Knowing what dangers are there
How those dangers operate
are just a small number of the lessons that are touched on by some martial arts instructors but many students of the art simply dont know enough to study this further. To busy looking to understand motion to pay attention to trivial matters like the yearly
criminal stats for the location they live in.
When you stand before BOB the body opponent bag and you
throw your hard fast lethal kenpo combination do you understand the intent you need to destory this person?
Have you played out a situation in your mind where the
imagined opponents your fighting in a form have a goal in attacking you other then just them being ninja and you a noble samurai... I mean BS aside have you given
your imagined attackers a realistic goal based on your study of criminal mindsets that forces you into a life or death situation.
When I say forces you into a life or death situation I mean your heart is racing and you feel the fear, the second you start to move you enter the zone. I am not saying the zone has the be the same for all of us, but the bottom line is your training more then just motion!
Your training your mind and spirit to be better prepared when that situation unfolds that requires you
to fight. It is ironic that Musashi said to have fought more life or death fights then almost anyone else writes a book mostly on strategy not motion...
This message has been edited by kenposoldier01 from IP address 18.104.22.168 on May 30, 2009 9:11 PM
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