"The Silent Enemy Within"
One of my curses or blessings, I'm not sure which, is trying to understand the human condition. I'm always trying to figure out why we humans do what we do or think what we think. Maybe it's because I teach children every day and want to give them insights that might be of benefit before they begin their journey through life.
One thought I am always trying to understand is "justification" and why we do it. It is one of the most unique and dangerous enemies that we human beings battle. It operates so subtly that many times we don't even realize it's affecting us.
I look back on my life and reflect on some of the positions I held and just shake my head in amazement. I ask myself why I held those positions. I didn't have all the answers or information but I had all the justifications to support my position. Many times I had no experience about the position I was arguing against, yet I robustly argued my position and gave justification for it.
So why am I writing about this? It's because of the communications I engage in that come about from this newsletter. The majority are philosophical topics that range from cultural points to martial arts views which are articulated well by very sound teachers. However, I do get those instructors that get very argumentative about their positions. They will argue strongly about positions such as "I believe this technique should be done this way because of its lineage of knowledge", "sport karate is the way to go", "sport karate is not real karate", "money is evil", "I'm a traditionalist", "business is another form of martial arts", "my Wado is more correct than his Wado", "I hate Taekwondo" and so on.
I hate to admit this but I have held most of these positions at one time or another. I remember when I first started out teaching karate while holding a "real job", I would talk extremely negatively about "those guys" that taught full time. I would justify my position, at least to myself, that my students were better than their students because I cared about the art and those guys just cared about money. It wasn't until I went full time that I realized I had it all wrong.
There was a time when I thought sport was great, then I thought it was against the philosophical principles of the martial arts, then back again to a point where I feel it's beneficial for some but not others. Talk about being a flip flopper.
Then there is the topic we all hate, "money". I remember running a school on a part time basis and complaining every month about having to dig into my pockets to pay the rent while feeling resentment with some students because they didn't, because of my management skills, pay their tuition. While all the time complaining about that financially successful school down the street with a full time sensei. Go figure that thought process out.
I began teaching full time before my instructor Sensei Moore did. He would say to me before he went full time "Ray, why can't you get more things done since all you do is karate?" Of course he now shakes his head when we talk about that time.
"Taekwondo", the evil of all evils; you don't even want to hear all things I've said about this subject. Now I have an old senior Taekwondo instructor, whose granddaughter is in my program, helping me at the school. It's been a great relationship. And believe it or not, it hasn't hurt my Wado program and my students are kicking better. You'll never know how hard it was to say that last part.
So what's the point about all of this anyway? I guess, as martial artists, we need to be careful about the things we think, say or do. We have to ask ourselves before we make a judgment or hold a position; do we have all the information, have we experienced the other side of the argument, or are we simply protecting our egos by making a stand to justify our actions.
As martial artists we have to be aware of the silent enemy within, "justification".
Until the next philosophical enlightenment.....
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I had to write this for our dojo and I thought I would share it with our Newsletter readers.
by Doug Jepperson
I have a lot of competition in my area for karate students. There is a good Gracie Jujitsu school about ½ mile away. There is a new Tae Kwon Do instructor at the public park building behind our dojo, and my favorite is a school that is part of franchise chain about one mile away. The franchise chain school is named after a local karate celebrity. He is Master B. ______." He has 14 schools here in Utah and does a great job of marketing. For any student's birthday party, (for which mom is willing to shell out the bucks), he will have one of his instructors leap out of a closet and slash a birthday cake to pieces with a "real Samurai sword." On special events they will come to your school or church and bring 40 seven-year-old black belts all of whom can break a board. Not only can they break a board, but they will give you the shattered shards of wood to keep to remember the event.
But wait, you may remember I said they had 14 locations throughout the state, how can everyone benefit from the truly divine martial arts knowledge of Master B._____," at all 14 locations? Not to worry. Each school has a shiny flat screen TV, so after the bows, hops and groans, the local instructor turns on the TV and the students receive some of Master B.____ " valuable insights and tips.
There is more, after each belt promotion you can buy a new colored uniform, because a different color of belt is not significant enough. And, with Master B. ____" on the TV it is not necessary to have a wise old black belt teach the classes. In fact, even a seven-year-old black belt can turn on the TV.
However, some of this works as Master B. ______ has more students than I do, and I am certain he drives a nicer car, so he must be right.
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Park City Karate
by Robert Hunt
We inherit karate forged through two thousand years of human anxiety, emerging out of mankind's needs, fears and desires, spontaneously, like language - a martial necessity in a savage world. It was amalgamated by endless lineages of warriors through China and into Okinawa, for use in one sort of combat or another, spanning almost 20 centuries, from ancient Chinese monasteries, to Ming soldiers, to Okinawan Bushi.
In Okinawa, at the end of the 19th century, however, the evolution of karate as a fighting art faded away, rendered virtually irrelevant by the advent of a modern, civilized society filled with guns, photographs, videos, organizations, systems, mass media and the politics of modern man.
Karate had been filtered, for those two millennia, through twists and turns and dead ends, kept secret for fear of death, until what remained re-emerged as the remnants we pick through today. And, unless our societies regress into unarmed, disorganized chaos where such an art would once again be valued, karate will probably remain pretty much as is for most of us - a unique glimpse into a warrior past, an interesting hobby, a spiritual quest or a sport.
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On 9/2/2012 3:07 AM, Robert Robb wrote:
I subscribe to the free Wado Monthly Newspaper in America, which I receive electronically by e-mail. More and more people are using the internet as the preferred and easiest way of communication.
In 2012, Calum was the sole British fighter to travel Japan to take part in the World Wado Championships and consequently his Mother went with him for company. In Japan he was fortunate enough to meet with and become friendly with the American Wado Team. Since then our family have kept in touch with several of them, occasionally sharing information, because they are genuine and sincere people.
In this months edition of the Newspaper there is an interesting article from an Instructor named Robert Hunt, who is 66 years of age, and has embraced the sports attempts for inclusion in the Olympics. It is regrettable that other senior figures within karate do not share his enthusiasm, and have retained the opinions of people stuck in a 'time warp' located somewhere in the last century, who seem more concerned about their own status within the sport that progress. In my opinion such people do progess in the modern sport no favours.
I have attached the article titled 'Olympic Ramblings' for those who may wish to read its contents. I would have given the article the title 'Olympic Inspiration' because it is more apt.
The following link provides more background information about Mr Hunt. http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/robert-hunt.html
MARTIAL ARTS HUMOR
A hermit was meditating by a river when a young man interrupted him. "Master, I wish to become your disciple," said the man. "Why?" replied the hermit. The young man thought for a moment. "Because I want to find God."
The master jumped up, grabbed him by the scruff of his neck, dragged him into the river, and plunged his head under water. After holding him there for a minute, with him kicking and struggling to free himself, the master finally pulled him up out of the river. The young man coughed up water and gasped to get his breath. When he eventually quieted down, the master spoke. "Tell me, what did you want most of all when you were under water."
"Air!" answered the man.
"Very well," said the master. "Go home and come back to me when you want God as much as you just wanted air."
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