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Is the right time for 'quick and easy' defensive styles?

23. july 2012 in 21:08 | Miroslav Čermák | comment: ( 0 ) | visited: 840 | mark: Warning: Division by zero in /www/shinten-blog.cz/shinten-blog.cz/engl/include/znamkaPocet.php on line 48 0
  The (Czech) teachers of Martial arts met for the third time in September 2011. The meeting is called Rentaikai and this is where attendees say ideas being in the interest of them and they want to talk them through. Others are free to say their thoughts and build the theme step by step. The ideas are usually formed at a place however these are coming from the experiences of an individual. I would like to go back to the idea of defensive systems.


As was said, traditional Martial arts are very complex in their depth and history and their study is a question of the whole life and maybe not the only one. But their complexity gives a self-protection effect against an easy abuse. With that a question is raised, if quick, effective (but powerful) techniques/styles should not be hidden for a narrow usage in the army or police and on the contrary present Martial arts as a bearer of a complex development to the public. This was happening for the whole time actually. Unfortunately in the situation, where criminals got down to the effective styles, whose are brutal at the same time, cannot stop the public to use the same. Then the only one control remains and this is to allow the official learning to proved people only. This is similar to the firearms and the licence for their usage. This is a long term dilemma in the different states, not optimal anywhere though. That control for the Martial arts does not exist unfortunately.

That is a current state and not a good way for the future however the evolution requested this system by itself. I would rather say that today is not a time for these styles, it is a necessity. We shouldn’t resign from the biggest propagation of true and self-consistent Martial arts, because the effective and quick styles are alignments of power between good and bad sides, but they don’t bring a bigger benefit. They teach (or might teach applicants whose are able to exert a due batch of an aggression at the right time) straight and simple techniques, but without an ability to adapt to the change of a situation. And on top of that they don’t give a guideline how to live after a fight. If those styles were streamlined for the purpose of army and police, nobody thought about their usage during the peace (which is going back as a boomerang today). And criminals, who acquired these styles for themselves, don’t think about that too. It seems to me perfect, that Japan word Bujutsu and its real practice combine an idea of a fight “Bu” and an idea of an art, development, flexibility “jutsu”; and newly an idea of life learning, in the peace “dó”. Bugeisha is an artist all-inclusive; he kills, gives life, and develops himself and thoughts given to him. He doesn´t only take with this, but also returns products of his development. He isn´t a particle in the crowd only, he breaks into like a character. The study of the traditional Martial arts can give that all to the public. Unfortunately in their eyes it is narrowed to the long, ineffective study of a self defence.

What the public really wants? Self defence? Self destruction? PhDr. Michal Vít, the guest from the Masaryk University in Brno, insisted on the theme, how the public perceives the self defence. In the end it was visible that his opinions are not so far from the perceptions of Bujinkan’s teachers at Rentaikai. On the contrary a lot of asked people (I guess gym’s teachers) had warped view on the importance of self defence and what to expect from it.

The self defence means the defence of self, not only physical though. A survival of human in a modern society does not depend on the physical damage. Weak people who have a problem to verbally defence themselves in a job (e.g.), are often taught to the forced defence techniques. The self defence can contain prevention as well, an anticipation of a conflict and its avoidance. People should learn how to convert the thoughts of fight and “non-fight” into a normal life. The study of Martial arts should not give an invincible feeling, but rather an ability to assess the situation and react adequately. Otherwise short-circuit is happening, because the reaction is limited to the A, or B, or C – and the own behaviour brings the self destruction. Of course people differ and a lot of them can correctly assess the situation without the study of Martial arts. Also it hasn’t been said that everybody must study MA.

Now we are in the period losing a false certainty of constant development further and up, for which everything has to be learnt quickly not to miss anything.  According to me, now is the right time to correct the knowledge of a true meaning of Martial arts. The art of keeping the peace and the balance. The art of seeing beyond one’s acts and not to live for the actual benefit only. The art of a patience. And also the art of return the good things. 

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