Didn’t know that Johnny Cash could fix Martial Arts systems, did you? Well, actually, his advice is for fixing cars, sort of, but it translates directly to the fighting disciplines. And it is sound advice indeed.
Johnny put out a song almost forty years ago called ‘One Piece at a Time.’ In the lyrics a fellow who works in a car plant, who will never be able to buy a Cadillac, steal one off the assembly line ‘one piece at a time.’ Unfortunately, the bits of auto were smuggled out over a lengthy stretch of time, and the assembled vehicle was quite the mess.
1958 hub caps over 1967 tires. 1959 tail lights with a 1973 rear end. The thing was a mess beyond proportion and manufactured by rediculosity, and that brings us to the martial arts.
That cross grip flip throw you learned in Taekwondo, it’s actually a Japanese technique built for Samurais. That pressure point for bringing ’em to their knees, it’s actually taught better in Tai Chi Chuan classes because…uh, well, because. And that combination you just learned at Shotokan freestyle class, it looked better in Ed Parker Chinese Kenpo Karate.
You see, every martial arts school in existence, all of them, are cobbled together out of the bits and pieces of different nations, different religions, different mindsets. The kata and patterns are really frankenstein abortions. The techniques are a hodge podge put together out of whatever fell out of the sky.
Look, I’m not speaking ill of the animal, on the contrary, I think that people did an incredible job. Unfortunately, no matter how sterling the basic concepts in one’s art, they are a melting of many metals, prone to come apart at the worst time. And the real concepts have been obscured, transformed, melded to fit another concept, and the true martial art is not in sight.
People, you see, for millennium, have assembled tricks into arts, and this jury rig of art has confused and made obscure the real truths of the combative disciplines. Consider what has happened, for thousands of years people have made art, driven a vehicle, as it were, and not once has anybody ever stopped and tried to take it all apart, shine the pieces up, and put them back together in the right sequence. And there is a right method; there is a true art.
The true art is defined by physics, but not a normal physics, rather a physics that has to do with bodies, combat, and the falling of an apple out of a tree. A physics that is not plain to see for the simple reason of being too close to the eyeballs. At any rate, if one did actually fix the various Martial Arts Systems they would end up with faster reaction times (no reaction times), because all the data would be logical and more easily understood, and entire arts that could be taught much, much, much faster.
Al Case is the only person on earth that actually fixes Martial Arts schools. Head over to his website, Monster Martial Arts, and pick up an totally free ebook.