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A reflection on Styles and Passing Instructors
How do we justify training ourselves in the art of controlled aggression? Is there not something mutually exclusive in this phrase? Or are we just being a little pernickety?
In the Cafe
A: "What is it about the martial arts that attracts such weirdos?"
B: "What makes you think we are all weirdos?" I replied.
A:"Look at you. The way you walk, the way you look at people, the way you use your body, your posture even your hands. Everything is contrived."
B:"Perhaps it just looks that way to you."
A:"You see? You even speak in cliches."
B:"What do you mean?"
A:"Your words, like your moves are predictable, moulded by calloused ideas and training practices. Such a soulful warrior you make..."
And so the conversation continued...
Why We Begin Martial Arts
Many people choose to begin a class from an Interest in oriental philosophy. Others, in search of self-confidence, or a dualist world view find refuge in seeing the world as either black or white, East or West, right or wrong, victim or victor, yin or yang.
I suppose we all have our reasons. Some may look fondly back to that series of Kwai Chang Caine, others go further to that bull-slayer himself - Mas Oyama. For many, I am sure, it would have been that classic coliseum fight in Way of the Dragon between Lee and Norris, East and West, oriental and occidental, form over freedom. Hairy over smooth chested opponents!
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