Moving the Martial Arts into the Next Century

CircleThe martial arts, to be truthful, were developed in third world countries. Of course, a hundred years ago, let alone a thousand or two, every country was a third world country. The unfortunate truth this leads to, however, is that the martial arts are taught using old, ancient and outdated methods.

A fellow is told to practice the horse stance. He is given horse stance forms to do. And, after a few years, sure enough, he becomes able to grip the ground pert good.

But…why wasn’t he just given the data necessary to create an energy beam? Yeah, breath to the center and make the energy grow. Now, shoot beams down your legs and make a real connection with the ground.

And, if he has trouble, give him more data on the subject. Show him how to twist the legs so as to push energy into the ground. Show him how to push the legs so as to pull energy from the ground.

oh, I forgot, they didn’t have physics necessary to describe what an energy beam was and how to build it with the body. Uh, to be truthful, they didn’t have any physics. They had some pretty good mysticism, though.

The truth is that mysticism is nothing more than made up reasons for things you don’t understand. Mysticism is based on mystery. And the methods of the ancients, transfigured through well meaning instructors, are based on what they didn’t understand.

Oh, people still get the teachings, sort of. But it takes a lifetime. It takes a lifetime, and even then, if the student doesn’t have the ability to discern and differentiate the tricks of language, he is going to pass on the same old tricks that enlighten a few, and befuddle the many.

So, new methods are needed. Real understanding is the goal if you are going to master the martial arts, and move on through the mystical realms described by the ancients. Sup to you, can you find me?

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