The odd thing is, when we figure out martial arts styles and systems, we are repeating, and even compounding the errors of those who went before. This is sort of an inarguable fact that nobody seems to understand. It is this fact that is at the heart of the construction of most Martial Arts systems.
The people of yesterday had no technology to draw upon. They didn’t have logical methods of thought, or, many times, even any formal education. Thus, their look at martial arts was based on mysticism, and the resulting arts are born of that mysticism.
When some fellow began his study of the martial arts it would be based upon the spirit techniques his father learned in the army of (enter an historical name). His father would be old and crippled, maybe even a little addled, but he would give his son what he remembered. There would be a family bonding, and a secret system of ninjitsu, or kung fu, or whatever, would be born.
As time went on, these systems would eventually become known to greater or lesser degree. Consider the plight of the fellow interested in martial arts, and he has a version of Shaolin Gung Fu to draw on, half a system of Emei Wudan, and the stuff the kids at the playground were playing with. Out of this gobbledegook, which is the result of previous gobbledegook, he tries to make a system.
The real miracle is that this stuff worked! And, miracle of miracles, it sometimes worked awesome! But this is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity and perspiration and perception of humankind.
I was stuck in that phase once. I had half a system of derived Chinese Kenpo Karate, and a system of one style of Karate, a system that had roots in Okinawa, Japan, and even Korea. I also had an Americanized Karate, a bastardized version of the second form (Chum Kiu) Wing Chin, a few months of aikido, a version of Ton Toi (Springy Legs) Northern Shaolin, and a few other bits and pieces. And I had some kind of fun trying to make sense out of it all.
I mean the concepts of some of these systems worked against one another! Even inside a specific national style of art, for instance ton toi and wing chun, there was vast discrepancy, and a disjointment of function that made it impossible to put them together, or even relate them. And, courtesy of the exploding learning potentials I was dealing with books, mags, videos, seminars, and dojos opening on every corner, and learning nothing about how it all fit together.
But it does fit together, and it fits together smooth and slick as if had been planned that way. And, truth, it has been planned that way. Once you get enough data, and a method for joining martial arts into one picture, you’ll find that even opposites such as Aikido and boxing, krav maga and tai chi, or whatever, can be joined in a martial arts structure that is easier, and even faster, to learn.
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