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MAY 2001

Volume 3 Issue 5

This  Issue...

1.  Some things to ponder on   

2.  Precept                                                                               

3. Advancement  Notice                   

Duty and Responsibility Pre-empt Desire!

Aibudo Kanji

Funakoshi's #17 Precept

"Beginners must master low stances and


Natural body positions are for the advanced".

          Almost every martial art teaches beginners to be patient and let their body learn how to control its center of gravity and balance.  Only when that is accomplished should the student move on to more advanced training.

          Excerpted from the article by Frank M. Kushner in BlackBelt Magazine, dated December 1999

2nd, 3rd and 6th Dan Advancement Tests and/or Interviews are scheduled for:

July 12th and 19th

Warming up

Many individuals who are in the physical conditioning business, state that you must warm up the body before performing an strenuous physical exercise.  If that be the case, then why is it that when it becomes necessary to perform a feat of emergency circumstance that you probably will not become injured at all?  Also, if you must warm up the body, to prepare it for what is to come, what about the mind. Is it necessary to "warm" it up?  If you think it is, how would you perform that task?  If not, why not?  We'll discuss these points in class soon.  Be prepared with your answers.

What is "Natural"?

Needless to say, when an individual begins to learn a new entity in life, nothing about it appears comfortable or natural as they are used to.  The martial arts are no different.  With reference to Funakoshi's precept above, "Natural" is not referenced to what we conceive to be natural when we first started in the arts, but what becomes natural after some length of time.  After this period of time, what appeared to be natural in the beginning is now awkward and feels wrong in all respects.  The movements necessary for proficiency in the arts all feel awkward in the beginning, but are the "natural" movements of which we will depend upon later on.  They will be the effective movements and postures of which possibly a life may depend upon someday.  So, no matter how you (we) feel about the awkwardness, in the beginning, of a defense drill or training exercise, just remember that it may be the natural feeling you use later with out thought.  A secret to overcoming awkwardness in the beginning is to slow down the movement to a crawl and "clone" the instructors movement, until it becomes easier and easier.  After a period of time, introduce your own personality in to the technique and it will then become your own, naturally!

The need for basics in a system:

How many times have you witnessed different individuals, within the same system perform and have them all look somewhat different?  It's as if they had never trained together at all.  Well really, that's not a true diagnosis.  If you look close, you will see that they actually do perform in the same way, but individually different.  The mental and physical basics are all there, with the individuality introduced to cause the system to become efficient for them.  Without them becoming proficient in the basics, they would look and perform totally different with not one of them able to pass the system on to others, in any effective way.  There wouldn't be any organization or continuity to build up on.  The system would not represent any thing more than a group doing their own thing, with no proficiency in the whole.  Instead of sand in the sand box, it would be more as gravel!


When blocking a movement, are you stopping or accepting it?  You know the answer to this, but in a following class be prepared to explain this to someone who maybe wouldn't know.  Proper blocking is essential in handling a movement and placing yourself in a position for effective control.