How the Martial Arts Change…
Man, end of the week coming up,
did two work outs yesterday,
Felt S-O-O-O good.
And it’s just from working out.
here’s how it happens.
Somebody learns how to kill somebody.
This is using his bare hands.
Maybe it is to fight against bandits,
or as part of a military mission,
and he lives,
maybe he survives,
and maybe he teaches.
Interested in the killing ways,
this fellow keeps his eyes open,
learns all manner of techniques,
and he practices.
And practices and practices.
he accumulates enough data
to realize a truth about himself.
By accumulating pieces of art,
he puts the arts together,
in the process
puts himself together.
At this point the killing techniques
become an art.
A matter of self expression.
As this fellow passes his art down,
maybe to his sons,
maybe to paying students,
the things he learned and taught
become quite methodical
and more and more people
realize the things he did.
His system becomes a CCS
a Closed Combat System.
It has sufficient breadth and depth,
to always work
if people do it as prescribed.
It is a matter of evolution.
It is a matter of generation after generation
honing the material,
figuring out more and more things
to make that system work.
it is a matter of students
not changing the system,
except in ways that bolster the system.
The few students who don’t complete the art,
or leave with improper understanding,
end up without a complete system,
and they are at risk of adding things to that system
that don’t belong.
That brings us to the modern age.
And students who hoped on a plane in Japan as green belts,
and got off the plane in America
as black belts.
That brings us to students who quit their system
because they didn’t have enough to teach,
started adding things indiscriminately.
That brings us to people who destroyed
the evolutionary accumulation
that is what we call a Closed Combat System.
That brings us to an age
where there are so many systems,
the glut of information is so much,
and well meaning instructors try to include everything,
swelling their systems
without regard for how everything fits together.
then introduce a front punch in the middle of every technique.
There goes the concept of harmony.
There goes Aikido,
no longer a CCS.
how about taking a system of jujitsu,
and altering every technique for tournament play.
There goes jujitsu.
There are actually very few Closed Combat Systems left.
There are actually very few teachers
who understand what has been done to their art.
Think of it like software.
You are learning algebra through a software program,
you are handed all sorts of material
having to do with growing watermelons.
would you shake your head or what?
You might obsess on watermelons,
or you might give up algebra,
or you might start teaching people
the necessary algebra
that you just made up
to grow watermelons.
Here’s the thing.
There is martial,
which is war,
which is how to kill somebody.
if a person learns enough,
if he learns enough stuff
so that the whole thing makes sense,
then it becomes an art.
If you know a single art,
you only know one viewpoint,
and you have little chance of learning the whole.
If you learn an art that is corrupted,
bereft of unified concepts,
then you will degrade the art to martial.
You will go from learning to express yourself as a human being
and devolve to espousing tricks to kill people.
So what is the value of being a human being?
if you are learning tricks to kill,
then you don’t know,
and all I can say is…
learning to express yourself
is higher on the evolutionary chain
than killing people.
Interesting concepts, eh?
here is my page…
So here’s my page,
got most of my stuff on it,
It’s the largest accumulation
of pure martial arts knowledge
in the history of the world.
Oh, there are larger collections,
but they are going to be collections of systems
that are not CCS.
Massive put togethers
without regard for concept
where the ‘software’ is corrupted,
and the student doesn’t come together,
but falls apart.
have yourself a great week end.
and workout like you mean it.
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