Written by Kevin Pereira Renshi
In the traditional martial arts world, we learn many life lessons not just how to hurt someone or score a point. But rather how to set goals both short and long term. We learn how to set a plan into action and live the warrior spirit of resilience in our journey through the rankings.
As we get frustrated and struggle with new material, new terminology, languages and dojo culture.
We learn that respect is the backbone of our art and humility is its mother. Without humility, we can’t empty our cups to receive new knowledge and information.
The traditional arts give us a base in mental, physical, emotional, and moral strength. We learn various options for defense, our weapons are truly unlimited.
We learn that nothing comes overnight and the moment you think you have conquered or mastered a concept a new one arises. Things like techniques, kata, terminology, and hidden applications come to light over time giving the practitioner a constant proverbial carrot to chase.
The modern-day combat sport focuses too much on the concept of competition and does not foster the idea of brotherhood and family that traditional dojos do. They promote the idea that wrapping one’s hands and wearing gloves means you can knock someone out without having to condition your bones and skin. It is a bit ridiculous to someone who spent decades training their bones for such impact and the reality of street combat.
There is more of a fast-food aspect to their training. Give me six months and you’re already out there competing as opposed to spending time fine-tuning one’s technique before testing it. They go out with limited tools and fine-tune afterward.
Don’t get me wrong I respect the guts it takes to get in there and do what they do but most of these young guys take two months of boxing, four months of grappling, and they think they have all the answers. Things like the UFC do not prepare one to be pulled by the hair, raked in the eyes or grabbed by the wrist. They never learn how to assess those situations in a truly combative manner…
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