Learn  from  many  professions?

March 2006

Volume 9 Issue 3

Aibudo Kanji
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then, don't allow your new education to corrupt the fluidity of what you have now.  That fluidity is of which is the most important.  It's as of Kempo which has no individual steps to reach the "end of the trip".  The incorporation of another discipline, could unconsciously interject a "step", where before there was none.  Then again, if you currently have a "step" in one or more of your defenses, then possibly the study of another "profession" might have what you need to remove that "step".

     An example and thought comes to mind, that we haven't presently spent any time, on within our system, and that is this.  Say your opponent has turned their back to you and are on all fours.  Most would say, "alright" and immediately move into a naked choke.  Butů..what if your opponent drops their chin to the floor and extends their hands and arms to the front preventing you from executing the choke.  Sure you can "beat" on them until a possible submission, but is that all you have.  To this point, I don't believe, this scenario has ever come up.  Is this a "hole" in the system, if you have never considered it before?  Just because it hasn't been introduced, doesn't mean that there is a "hole".  The mind can only comprehend so much information at one time and therefore the learning process has to be graduated in it's presentations.  To the unknowledgeable or kohai member, an individual might say to themselves that my training lacks something as I haven't been shown an alternative to the above scenario.  Therefore I'm going out on my own and see what I can find out and present it to my instructor(s).  You must be real careful in this or you might end up being the "nail" that gets "hammered" down real hard.  Instead you might want to ask at

a time during your training, of what the present system has to offer in this or that case.  If the system doesn't have an alternative or answer to your question, then your instructor(s) might want to look into other disciplines to see if there is another way to go.  By asking a question regarding a specific scenario, you have not turned into a "nail", but instead presented a concern that you have, of which the present class might learn from also.

     With regard to the "scenario" presented above, there is an alternative of which is a submission substitute.  What could you do when a naked choke or facial compression, of which is the most obvious, isn't able to be applied?  Naturally you could attempt an arm-wrap or the like, but while your attempting that, your opponent could pivot out from under you shile your hands and arms are also extended to your front.  Instead, if your opponent has their chin to the floor, but are upon their knees, you could apply a "figure-4 body lock".  This allows you to maintain your hands at their head and shoulder area, while performing the submission with your legs.  This submission can actually come from two results.  This body lock can fracture the ribs of your opponent or at the very least prevent them from breathing effectively and "shutting them down".

     Enough said about the scenario, now let's look at the question regarding the number of changes that should be made at one time.  If you are going to add to the system tool box, don't add too many different tools at one time.  Instead, introduce for "trial", 1 or 2 at a time to check for long term usability. This is better than having to put together a 100 piece "picture puzzle".

     Martial arts philosophy states that we should learn from many professions.  That be the case, how do you/we go about it?  How do you learn from other disciplines and at the same time not "corrupt" what you have now, particularly when your present "tool box" seems to work for you?  If you discover other "tools" that appear to have relevance and may be effective, how many additions or changes do you make at one time within your system and not loose your current cohesiveness and effectiveness?  When it comes to "advancing" your general knowledge, and maintaining system effectiveness, there are many questions that must be answered and considerations that must be carefully looked at.

     If what you are looking at and adding to you knowledge is outside the martial arts, then most probably no harm will come to your system, of which is the greater to be considered.  If on the other hand, your "new" information is most definitely related to the arts, then you must be very cautious, as it can be as a  "cancer" which might, at least temporarily, destroy or corrupt what has been working.  There becomes a confusion between what has been and where you think you want to go.  The "think" is where the greater problem(s) can come from.  There can be danger in investigating other disciplines.  You can come to the thought that maybe this new information is better than what you have now, even though your present tools don't ever appear to fail.  If you are not failing now, then why add the unknown and take a chance on a catastrophic failure.  If on the other hand, there are "holes" in your present "plan", then possibly investigate disciplines which incorporate the 'tools" of which you are looking for.  Even