Size:  Large, Small, What Makes The Difference?

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May 2002

Volume 4 Issue 5

Aibudo Kanji

This month

is a special Hoodoo

with a dissertation by:

Sensei Jim Curtsinger

Repetition, repetition, down the floor!!!!

Take That!

Also, learn the movements of a smaller individual to determine the same. How do you deal with this? Train to deal with speed, no matter the size of the person. If you do that, the slow individual, big or small, will have no chance. If the person is fast, you are ready to deal with it and the application of strategy you have learned will be of utmost importance.


    The more you train the more you realize that everyone is the same size. At least that's how you will eventually come to see it. The size of a person does not matter to the trained martial artist. You will simply adjust to it automatically via the void element; the techniques will take care of themselves. Of course we need to understand a trained martial artist is always aware of his surroundings and will be prepared before the situation has a chance to overwhelm him. For the void element to kick in, one needs to fill his "tool box" beforehand. In other words, you have to first put it in for it to be available when needed. At this time the proper technique for the situation will make itself known. It is an amazing thing to experience for the martial artist. One that can only happen through dedicated training and repetitive work, but once experienced, makes all the work worthwhile.


    If you happen to be a larger individual and you see that your physical size has intimidated your adversary, then by all means let it work for you. This is a part of strategy, but it is only strategy if you realize what is taking place. Use it to your advantage with the understanding that it is not the  "cure all" to a problem. Here's the difference in how this strategy is used.


Take for instance a bully, who is big in physical stature and uses this to push smaller individuals around. You may ask, "Isn't that strategy?' Remember, it can only be strategy if you are aware of what you are doing. A bully will use this tactic for the simple pleasure of feeling superior. Watch what happens when someone smaller refuses to be pushed around!


     A martial artist on the other hand, will use this particular strategy to control the situation. His intention is to resolve the confrontation as peacefully as possible, not to show everyone around him how "tough" he is. A martial artist will work in steps; if the aggressor continues with his assault, the martial artist will take the next step towards resolving the situation. It will be up to the opposing party as to the nature of dissolving the conflict. It can be done as they say, " the easy way, or the hard way." The true martial artist is ready for either. 

    If you are of a smaller stature and you see the larger individual asserting himself and you feel he is confident because of his size, then here is where you apply strategy of your own. Even if this person does intimidate you somewhat, do not let it show. Now is the time to show a forward attitude. This will not be so hard to do if you have properly studied your strategies. As I said, even if you are somewhat intimidated (maybe this is your first test since beginning the study of strategy), you must hold your ground, never give up or surrender your "space." It is amazing how much bigger you will become in the eyes of your opponent when you apply this strategy right there in front of them. This tells them right off the bat that you are not going to be an easy target, and if they intend to pursue this matter it will not go smoothly for them. When applying strategy of this nature you will show a confidence that will cause the adversary to wonder what you know that he doesn't. Cool confidence goes a long way as opposed to loud mouth cockiness. There is a vast difference between the two.


    If a large individual and a smaller individual square off and both are knowledgeable of strategy and apply accordingly, then it all comes down to skill. That usually means time spent in the arts. (Now, a person who spends years in the arts and doesn't seem to learn much, is either suffering from a lack of work ethic, or has fallen under the tutelage of a sub-par instructor). We are referring to true martial artist who have made "the way" of the arts a major part of their life. Over time a martial artist will develop skills that are impossible to learn simply from reading a book or watching a video. The true martial artist will improve as each year goes by. This does not necessarily mean physical skills.


    You need to be in good physical condition to practice the arts, but as one grows older, these skills have a tendency to diminish. But here's the kicker, as you grow in the arts you become more technically perfected. That is to say you perform the needed techniques in a near flawless fashion. This enhancement of mental speed is far superior to physical condition or physical speed. It is something only the true martial artist can experience and comes only after many years of studying and performing repetitive movements in kumite, kata, and for some, meditation. This is not as hard as it may seem. Of course, it requires a tremendous amount of work and dedication, but it is enjoyable work for the martial artist who lives the life each and every day. Train hard, it's worth the effort.


SOME THOUGHTS

ON TRAINING



    First of all, I have been going over in my mind the aspect of defending against bigger people, as opposed to smaller people. All of this of course, depends upon the frame of mind your attacker has allowed for himself. There are ways to know what your opponent is thinking. Some bigger people will feel as if just being larger than most everyone else is enough, and for most situations that would be so.


    Society seems to stereotype the bigger people as invincible. Not true. Also, bigger individuals don't allow for the speed of a smaller person. Speed is one of the most important aspects in a person's arsenal, large or small. If a smaller person sees himself as small and has considerable doubt that he can do any good against a bigger person, then it will be so. If on the other hand, this same small person realizes he is small and learns proper techniques to allow him to "become" bigger, or to deal with someone much bigger, then look out big guy.  If the big man has prepared himself for the speed of the little man, it will be quite a show.


     In all honesty, as far as the street fighting is concerned, big people will more than likely be satisfied with their large size and will count on that to intimidate others. As I said, society puts these people in a certain category, and often they tend to believe it themselves (that they are invincible). Some big people may be naturally fast, but unless they have had training, they pose a minimal threat. Smaller people are prone to have natural speed, but again, without training they aren't going to pose much of a threat to a real martial artist. That's not to say smaller people cannot intimidate the normal individual, because they can. Here again we see a case of stereotyping. It's a "small package of dynamite" sort of thing. They use this to create a history, or a reputation so that maybe, just maybe, the bigger individual might think twice before jumping them.


     The best approach is to get in touch with a good instructor of the arts and learn some honest to goodness strategy. It's the difference between controlling a situation and being controlled by it. Learn the particular movements of a bigger individual that will tell you right away if they are trained or just a big person pushing their weight around.