Convert multiple steps into only one, after time!

December 2002

Volume 4 Issue 12

Aibudo Kanji

Pride in System

     It's pretty much of a no-brainer, when you're asked the question;  Would you rather have quality or quantity members in your organization?  The Aibudo system has had many participants through the years and it turned out that the individuals who stayed the longest were the one's with the most quality.  At the Home Dojo, all of our current members are quality people.  Both in the past and present, we have, or now do have, individuals in the medical field, police officers, business managers, maintenance supervisors, honor roll students and even individuals from other martial arts systems who have positively been, or now are, an asset to the system.  All who have participated with us, have been become better individuals because of the quality of the members within the system, both past and present.  I have been honored beyond what money could buy, by the respect these, or those, individuals have shown myself, the other members and the system.  The new academy at Greenfield, Indiana, through it's membership history I'm sure, will mirror what the Home Dojo has been honored.  There is nothing better than the camaraderie, courtesy and  respect that comes about within a true martial arts atmosphere.  The Sempai/Kohai, you help me and I'll help you is beyond purchase.

The Young and the Old

     A martial arts system requires both the young and the old to mature, or in other words, to become better and stable. It requires the young adult, with their aggressiveness and energy, to supply the necessary adrenaline for a system to stay alive.  It also, in my opinion (because of my age), requires the mental maturity of void movement.  The demonstration of void movement  shows what is possible with dedicated and continuous training.  If all you have is young, the void is never witnessed and if all you have is the old, a false sense of security develops because of the lack of frontal aggressiveness that only youth can add.  The "baby sitter" classes will never, in your wildest dreams, ever become a martial arts class or system.  They have a purpose, but it's not in the development or advancement of the arts.

Fancy Equipment

     Every martial arts "school" should have state of the art equipment, isn't that right?  Why not, doesn't better equipment make better participants?

     Now you know, that what I just said isn't true, but sometimes you just need to reflect a bit on what the necessities really are.  There is not a better piece of equipment in any dojo more important than the individual standing right in front of you.

The Steps In The Middle

      You know, when you first learned how to get to a certain place, you may have used a map.  If you used a map, you would locate your starting place, your ending place, and then take note of the streets or highways in between.  On the way to your new destination, you would follow the individual streets or highways, one at a time, until you completed the trip.  The martial arts are very similar to this same scenario.  In the beginning of your training, you learn a technique, one step at a time.  You don't have the knowledge to work the technique, in the beginning to end, in one step.  You have to take the steps, in between the beginning and end, one at a time, until the trip is complete.  But, this is not the way that you want your final result to be.  To be efficient, the trip will have to be made in one step and not think of all the individual parts in the middle. Thinking of all the steps that made up the complete trip, makes the trip seem very long.  But, after the trip becomes automatic, because of doing it so many times, it seems much shorter.  Once again, the martial arts are just like that.  There is no way around, breaking each technique down into individual steps before you can make the complete trip in one step. It's the Karate Kid movie, all over again! Wipe on, wipe off!

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