15 | 07 | 2018

Teacher Contributions

A growing trend in our Western Culture is the abandonment of tradition.  The traditional views on family, education, entertainment, and even religion are being dropped.  This view also carries itself to the martial arts.  In recent times there has been a demand for “modern” and “practical” martial arts.  These martial arts pride themselves on focusing on the “essential” core of the martial arts purely training in combat-effective techniques, and doing away with the entanglements of tradition and useless ceremonies.  But is there more to the martial arts than just self-defense?  Is tradition really necessary?  My answer to these questions is yes, and for several reasons.

It was about 5 years ago that I transferred to Southeastern. I wasn't really looking for anything to get involved with, particularly because I lived so far from school. However, one day on the way to class, I noticed a flier for a martial arts club in McClimmans.

What does Shindoryu Aikijutsu mean to me? It is understanding what the body can, and more important, cannot do, and taking advantage of that. This enables you to know your enemy's weakness simply by the fact that they are, like you, a human. If your arm won't bend one way, chances are, their's won't either. Understanding Shindoryu Aikijutsu is simply understanding yourself : your strengths, your weakness, and your limitations.

samuraifullsmall.jpgWe often are reminded how important self-control is in aikijutsu, especially when we are performing a technique on someone.Well, it carries into other areas as well.

Shihan has been known to say there is nothing dishonorable about running to avoid a fight. This is true, as you are being considerate of yourself in not wanting trouble or possible injury, and also the other person, who you should only harm if it is absolutely necessary.

I was with some friends last night, and received a call from an irate young guy who had misunderstood a situation I'd had with someone else. Instead of stopping to ask what had happened, and whether or not it had been resolved(which it had), he started cursing me out, and saying how he didn't care what martial art I knew(he'd heard something about me doing martial arts), that he was going to beat the blah blah blah out of me.

Now, as a guy, the first instinct would have been to say, "name the time and place", but I didn't say that. This is partially due to my Christian faith, but also due to my training in Aikijutsu, that we should always seek the peaceful solution, even if it makes us look like a wuss. Because, in the end, it doesn't matter if people think we are weak when we do the honorable thing, we should not seek to prove ourselves by hurting people just for the sake of it. In the case of this guy, he is smaller and much younger than myself, and has no training in combat. In other words, it would have been a piece of cake.

However, despite what I wanted to say, and do, back to him as he was cursing me out, I tried to explain that the situation was dealt with, and him calling me and threatening me was pointless, as the situation had already been dealt with. He didn't end up liking me at the end of the conversation or anything, but it was, to a degree, resolved, and definitely will not progress to violence, as he'd originally aimed for.

You prove nothing by hurting people, you prove something by doing what is honorable, despite the cost.