Don't Ignore The Strategies Of Your Enemy's!

November 2003

Volume 5 Issue 11

Aibudo Kanji

Strengthening Your Weaknesses A Step At A Time

     Whether you use the words "strengthening' or 'mastering", the procedure is the same.  Mastering anything is no more than repeating one step at a time, over time.  If you are having a problem with a technique or movement, the only way to "master" it is, by working it slowly at first, several times, making sure that each portion of the entity is performed correctly.  After you are able to perform it flawlessly at the slower pace, increase the speed.  Then faster and faster, until you acquire what's required.  The point that was left out above, is that practicing slowly in front of the kagami is ok, but the only way to "master" an entity is in front of ,and intermixed with, a live opponent.  Working with an imaginary partner doesn't develop the proper power necessary for control.  You need a resistance to your "touch" to become effective.

     That said, even if you have "mastered" a specific set of offensive or defensive movements, you will still be ineffective if you haven't developed the confidence that, it or they, will actually work.  You have to feel safe and secure at what you are doing.  Any fear or apprehension will slow your speed and reduce your effective aggressiveness.  If you would like a little reinforcement towards believing what you would like to do actually works, just watch your instructor doing the same thing.  If they have problems making it work, time after time, then it doesn't have merit and you should just forget it, for the time being and move on to something else.

Am I Worth "My Salt"


     How many times have you wondered if you were worth the "belt" you are wearing?  Stupid question, right?  I have not found many, honest martial artist, that felt they were as good as they should be at the time.  You just have to let your instructor decide where you should be at the time and accept it.  If you were to train totally by yourself and never intermix with an opponent, you could train with a video tape or book and believe that you were top notch, but…….then again, when your training not only involves others at your same grade, as well as your instructors, you are going to feel inferior much of the time.  That's normal and that's the way it should be.  Anytime you or another student of what ever system, feels that they are the best in the class, which includes the instructor, then there has to be one of two factions of truth.  One, either you or another student is just "full of it", or Two, the instructor is not worth their "salt".  A true martial arts instructor, whether it be of a system or only a single class must be the better.  If not, you are not going to learn very much.  Maybe a few "moves" of this or that, but stay off the street, because someday that "street" could come up to meet you dead in the face.  Anytime, you truly feel that you are as good as or better than your instructor, it's time to move on to better things.  Now, if you are holding a green belt and your instructor acts as that's the way it should be, then accept your belt or grade as being in "tune" with where you're at.  Each individual is in "tune" with where they are at, individually.  Don't even compare yourself to others of the same grade as there are too many variables.

Your Enemy's Strategies

( The Wind Element)

     No matter how despicable, if you're "enemy" is proficient at something, study and learn from their successes.  Follow and/or modify what you learn in developing or improving your own methods of forestalling. To defeat an opponent, you must use the most effective strategies for the situation.  To fail at this, is to fail.  Sometimes, effective strategies come from the most despicable individuals on this earth, of which one was Hitler.  But, his control strategies were/are worth studying.  Does that say that I agree/admire Hitler?  Absolutely not!  What I am saying is, that to ignore success strategies, just because of the developer, is self destructive.  No matter the source, you must use anything and everything that will work positively in your endeavor's. 

The Martial Arts Individual

     As has been stated before, the most proficient martial artist is an "individualist".  They very seldom depend on someone else for their successes.  They may, and generally do, have different personal beliefs with reference to life, but are individualists never the less.  Martial artist's are different politically, religiously, occupationally, etc., but nevertheless the same when it comes to the arts. 

IE: "If you face me, you will be facing a foe to beckon with.  Beware, I will not back down or run.  You have met your nemesis.  You have no say in the decision about to be made.  You have come to lose!" 

There is no other thought available to the true martial artist.

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