Assisting In Your Own Destruction!

May 2004

Volume 6 Issue 5

Aibudo Kanji

You will be if you are only acting as "one" opponent.  That's what happens to the traditional martial arts practitioners.  They train only in one "authentic" historical system.  This makes them 100% predictable in what they will or are about to do.  There isn't one effective alternative to their programming.  If they become discouraged at their performance and attempt anything outside their comfortable "home", they fail miserably.  Yet, when asked about what the problem(s) were, they find no fault at all with their training, but outside in "never-never-land" instead.  It's always something wrong with the floor surface, the outside distractions, etc.  The world isn't perfect and the "unexpected's" have got to be programmed in to the mental psyche as being expected.  It's not any different than working a firearms defense and having it go off beside your ear.  If you're not programmed that there is possibly going to be a loud "bang" right beside your head, the "unexpected" mental confusion will possibly get you killed.  If you become attacked by two totally different sized individuals both in height and weight and attempt the same defenses against both, you're probably going to seriously lose.  The argument can be made that an individual who has trained in many different individual arts, is an all-around martial artist.  Are they?  Individual arts are "different" and attempting to mix them outside of themselves without the trained mixing that a true eclectic martial system encompasses will be catastrophic.  You have to be able to flow, say from a traditional karate defense, possibly moving into  a grappling defense, followed by a kempo or aiki technique, followed by…...well you get the idea.

You must be different individuals all mixed up into one and properly "gelled".  You're opponent has to believe that with every movement they are fighting with different people.  Your "attitudes" have to change, your speed has to vary and your techniques or movements have to be "divorced" from each other.  Take for example the "old world" traditional Tae Kwon Do with it's low, side-facing posture.  The limitations are too numerous to list in this short dissertation.  The Judo "only" practitioner is totally blind to the proficient stand-up artist as the UFC is finally proving.  On the other hand, the long distance "stand-up" only practitioner, becomes overwhelmed when their "safety" distance disappears.  The powerful upper body practitioner that walks like a stickman looks like a wimp when confronted with quick hands and feet.  All that power is snuffed.  While they're trying to figure out where you went, they find themselves "choked out" and on the floor.  If you're "young", try and appear a bit older and less "flashy".  That flash is only a worthless tool in front of an  experienced defense artist and they will turn it against your perception of yourself.  On the other hand, if you're older, then appear and work as being much younger.  Remember, that winners in the arts are very much into strategy and philosophy.  They are constantly working for confusion.  They have you believing that what you are doing is your idea, when all along you are doing exactly what they have mentally programmed you to do.  You will be as a puppet on a string believing that you are doing your own thing and working totally on your own.  It couldn't be further from the truth.

Picture of Shihan

     Would you assist someone, or anyone, in the methods of defeating you?  Sounds like a stupid question, doesn't it?  If you're an instructor, naturally you would pass along any and all information necessary to maintain the invincibility of your system.  That would include any and all information, even that which would compete against you, the instructor.

     But why would anyone instruct outsiders in the methods of your own destruction.  You probably think that in no way would anyone do that.  Well it happens all the time and in one very well known instance.  Have you ever heard of the book, Tao Of Jeet Kune Do?  That was Bruce Lee's book of the workings of his system.  Even outside the martial arts, if you remember, Erwin Rommel put his methods of defeating his enemy's in a book he wrote.  General George Patton read it and used the principles within it to assist in defeating Rommel himself.  Sounds stupid on Rommel's part, but it happened.  With Bruce Lee's book, he passed along some of the methods of which he functioned and in a way helped his "enemy's.  No matter how slight, you pass along your inner physical and mental workings, they can and will come back to haunt you.  It's all right to pass along the basic's of the arts, as they are universal and necessary in the understanding of where you came from, but to assist in your own demise is ludicrous.

How many "enemy's" are you to your opponent?

     Are you totally predictable after the first few seconds of your kumite, randori or self-defense movements?