The truth of the martial arts is rather obscured.
For instance, people are gaga over Mixed Martial Arts. Everybody wants to ground and pound; everybody wants to be the tough guy.
But, the truth of the matter is that people who study such things as wrestling, boxing, MMA, and that sort of thing, usually turn fat when their training ends.
Thus, a few people become trainers, and they leave behind them out of condition fellows with no discipline.
One would think that the classical arts would provide the answer here, and uncover the truth of the martial arts, but it doesn’t.
For instance, nobody knows why they are doing the things they are doing. They practice arcane ritual and assume an attitude of superiority, but their practices are specious, to say the least.
For instance, why do certain horse stances turn their feet outward? This is physically incorrect, and actually works against the body, yet people with decades of experience teach this as holy grail, and make up all sorts of reasons for it…and it doesn’t work.
And different styles of martial arts are filled with this sort of tripe.
Interestingly, if you find a good system, and this is rare, and you study it for 30 or 40 years, some interesting things happen. Old men in their 50s and 60s become cognizant of a different kind of energy. Good health accompanies these men to their long years, and they are still capable of moving as quickly as a young man, and yet so much more efficiently.
Mental powers, chi energy, reading minds…these are the truth of the martial arts, should one avoid the bushwah and study a real martial art.
But there are so few real martial arts.
Whatever art you study, you must change it, align it with scientific principles.
The body is a machine, meridians are the ‘energy blood vessels,’ and the way to use this body is to get a little outside of it.
Heck, a lot outside of it.
But you won’t learn these things at your corner dojo.
You won’t find cohesive theory written of in training manuals.
All you will find in those places are gimmicks to keep children entertained, and methods to abuse the body.
Thus, to truly study the martial arts one must become a seeker…a seeker of wisdom. A scientist of the physics of the body, of the electrics of the spiritual body, of the whims of the mind and soul.
Not many are willing to put aside training for the next tournament and do that, but that is the way.
Education, not the desire to beat people up, that is the truth of the martial arts.