Beginning, the most difficult time!
Volume 4 Issue 2
Philosophies and Strategies
To Begin With!
Our system utilizes a number of philosophies and strategies that are the foundation for it's success of the practitioners survival, both in the dojo combat and the outside world.
I'm going to list a few of each, that should be studied, especially in the beginning, and remembered as well as possible. The rest will revolve around or will be meshed with these selected entity's.
Never accept the "obvious" as truth.
When you "can't do another rep", do five more.
We're all cowards when tired.
Do not invite a confrontation but work with it instead. It may not come to pass.
If you are of strong stature, do only that which needs to be done and do not over use power. Over using power only brings undue resistance.
Any goal worth achieving is worth working hard to achieve. If the mountain wasn't steep, it wouldn't be a mountain!
If your hand is extended, withhold your temper.
Words are easily forgotten, but actions are easily remembered. Practice what the words describe.
Memory is accomplished through the willingness to learn.
Speed comes from the practice of each movement slowly, over and over again.
Do not concentrate sight at any specific point, but over a wide area.
You learn through failure. Failure only comes from trying.
If you think you are beaten, you are!
Never forget "The Guy in the Glass"!
If your opponent touches you or approaches close enough to touch, you must turn offensive.
Remain calm in the face of danger. Learn what happens when you are suddenly presented with an unknown and what it takes to "calm down".
Be aware of your environment.
Do not allow your opponent to be the controller.
Only do that of which you are knowledgeable of and are confident in the results.
Do not appear weak in your appearance.
"Train hard, Fight easy!"
Stance and Posture
These are intermixed terms, but let me give you shihan's explanation. A stance is a regimented body position and a posture is your body's natural position to a stance. I would like to remind you here, that when training in the workings of a stance, exaggerate them every time. If it is in depth, make it deeper, if it's in width, make it wider and if it's low, make it lower.
Family's of Martial Arts
Kung Fu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Ju-Jitusu, Boxing, Kempo, Jeet Kune Do, Aikido, Shorin, Chuan-Fa, Self-Defense, etc. etc. etc. Where does it end and what's the difference? There isn't enough space in a Hoodoo to answer this completely, but here is a general explanation that may help.
First off, there are "Western World", "Eclectic" and "Traditional Systems". Examples of "Western World" might be, boxing and wrestling as in the school environment. Traditional or "old world" arts might be demonstrated as in, Chuan Fa, Shorin-Ji, Pankration, Vajramushti and the like. Others with names as, Goju-Ryu, Isshin-Ryu, Shotokan are also considered to be traditional in many circles, but in fact are actually eclectic systems. They are not pure in their own right, but mixtures of two or
more systems to make them up. That is controversial, but never-the-less true. Systems that are always considered to be Eclectic are Aibudo, Kuk Sool Won and many others of the like. Jeet Kune Do is a great example of an Eclectic system although it's not listed as such in very many reference books. Authenticity of one art or the other is also controversial, but isn't worth argument. If you design or build something of your own conception, then it is authentic as being your product and yours alone. You may have used other principles, but the end result is never-the-less your design and authentic. Now that you are totally confused, we will break this controversy down as time goes along. Let me compare some more commonly items and compare them as being traditional (original) or eclectic (mixed). Water is an original, but adding coffee develops a mix or eclectic drink. Milk is an original, but adding chocolate develops a mix or eclectic drink. A brand new automobile right off of the assembly line is original, but changing out the engine, exhaust or repainting now changes it to an eclectic. Now you can argue that the new 2002 auto is not original either, as old tried and trued techniques have been added to and subtracted to make this "new car". Now you can see why the martial arts are so confusing when trying to point them into a category. Enough said for now about that, but………
Kung Fu is a martial art based on animal movements. Jujitsu is a grappling art and Boxing is a western world hand art.
The beginnings of
This is directed to Aibudo practitioners only as every system has it's own philosophies and ideas. When working with in the entity of "Undo", work harder than you think you can at the moment. If the person at your side or sides, quits because of exhaustion, don't allow their action to affect yours. Turn this into a desire to do more than they did and build more confidence than you had just 1 minute earlier. If you quit just because you're bored or just get tired, you are failing yourself, your fellow practitioners and the instructor. This type of failing is a disrespect of yourself, the system of which you are in and the instructor(s) themselves. The martial arts demand hard work, a tireless attitude and a total dedication that is unknown in many other places or things. Saving someone else's life demands total dedication to the effort.
The first month, when everything is strange and makes little sense!
Now, what do I do?
Congratulations Mr. John!