The "Stealthiness" of the Professional Martial Artist

May 2005

Volume 8 Issue 5

Aibudo Kanji
Picture of Shihan

never-the-less, he was right.  Within the development of our system, it didn't take long to realize that doing the same thing as everyone else, wasn't going to be effective or efficient.  Times change and you had better change with them or be left out in the cold.  We not only changed but advanced faster than the norm, because we didn't lock ourselves in to what was considered correct. We are still making changes, tweaks and additions.

Taking Your "Known" Knowledge For Granted

     The humiliation the past few weeks due to the short quiz's on system basic information, is proof positive that what you think you know and take for granted, is forgot or mentally misplaced.  It's almost like storing something away and then forgetting where you put it.  You know you've got it, but aren't able to find it.  Bear with me as there is reason behind by madness, as I'm sure you've already realized.

Don't Focus On Where You're At, But Where You're Going

     I've stated this several times, but focusing on where you are, is a detriment.  Let your void, get you to the point of importance and focus on that.  After getting there, take a little extra time to study the situation, choose from the list of options available and capitalize with the most effective for you.  Functioning like a boxer and their "strategic" mentality, is generally nothing more than wasted motion, most of the time.  First off, they just throw one two techniques and quit, which is totally wrong, yet they continue to do the same things over and over again.  This isn't just with the amateur's but with the professionals as well.  They are still working with 1920's technology, which is depending upon physics alone.

They strike at a pre-determined location, whether the opponent is there or not.  Functioning only where they are now and not following the opponent as they move.  You are not able to follow, if you are focusing on where you are at the moment.  You have to open your mind, let your void and your trusted mechanicals do the closing, no matter the variables, and finish where you and your adversary end up.  Don't attempt to plan where you are going to end up or your mind will pause your action exactly at that spot.  This pause can completely erase any advantage that the closing had developed, reduce your spirit, give your opponent a reprieve and possibly cause you to lose entirely.  On the street, this wouldn't be any different than closing properly on a knife wielding opponent and stop before you neutralized or disarmed them.  That could and possibly would be catastrophic.

     This is the problem with most systems and individuals training in them.  Becoming so involved in striking the opponent, without developing a safe and effective void of closure is training in reverse.  You should train to get to where you want to work first.  Do it over and over again, until you can do it in your sleep.  Become bored with it.  Then become even more bored with it.  Once you no longer have to think about how to get to your destination, you'll be more effective when you get there.  All of your thoughts, both conscious and unconscious can work together at the same time, because they haven't both been involved in getting there.  Your unconscious gets you there and your conscious, if you so desire, will finish the job.  As your skill improves, your subconscious will be doing most of the work, most of the time.

     The average professional martial artist, has a built in stealthiness.  They don't appear to be anything but a "normal" human being, void of any special awareness or abilities.  Their occupations also vary and cover the gambit of things.  As in our system, we have bankers, mechanics, factory workers, police officers and TV repairmen.  In most cases, they could all appear to be any of these occupations, but they sure don't stand out, to the unaware, as professional martial artists.  That is the stealth which is necessary for effectiveness.  If you notice, I keep referring them as "professional" martial artists.  The unprofessional make sure that they are known as being in the "karate" business and therefore lose their "edge" to the professional.  They are representative as some of the "bullies" and "big mouths" that you see day in and day out.  Two weeks in a "karate" class and they want everyone to know. Yet, the professional who's been in the arts for years, is known only as the courteous mechanic down the street.  If there is anything different about the true martial artist, that you might wish to look for, is that they are generally courteous and respectful.  To some, that is a sign of weakness, but brother what a surprise they have in their "back pocket" for the proverbial "big mouth"!

Old "Karate", New "Karate"

     Old technology, new technology, what was/is the most efficient and effective?  That depends of the time of comparison.  Most definitely, "old technology/old karate" was the most efficient and effective for it's time.  Most, at the time didn't know any better, but there were exceptions, such as Bruce Lee.  He was put down for his realizations and ideas, but