Learning The Martial Arts Are Backwards Is The Right Way To Go

August 12, 2017



Learning The Martial Arts Are Backwards Is The Right Way To Go

The martial arts being backwards is a strange idea, but when looks the physics behind them, there is an undeniable truth.

The number one rule of a fight is that distance will collapse. The fighters must travel from the range of foot to punch to knee to kick to elbow…to clinch.

A combatant who can avoid this sequence and undo the clinch, and therefore fight at the distance of his preference, and which he is strongest at, is the fighter who is going to win. And that means that he has manipulated space.

Instead of having space collapse, he has made sure that space exists, and even grows.

Now, most students train to let distance collapse, and to introduce force to their opponent’s body. People becoming Martial Arts knowledgeable, however, do the reverse, they train to maintain the distance, to control the distance.

Thus, the proper escaation of martial arts is away from force and towards flowing.

Such arts as karate, boxing, taekwondo, and the other striking arts, train for brute force, impact, hit the other fellow in the face.

Arts such as Aikido, Tai Chi, and the various wudan style arts train to keep distance, manipulate incoming flow, and manipulate the fist to their benefit.

In the beginning, a student moves forward in the martial arts. Push ups and sit ups, weight lifting, punching the bag, kicking and fighting and contesting.

In the end, the end being that point at which one forsakes the study of force for flow, one goes backward in his study of the martial arts. Avoiding push, manipulating the clinch, harmonizing with an opponent so that there is no collision and only flow results.

Of course, some people cannot put aside the thrill of combat, the thrill of body collision the meaty sound of a body being slammed on the hard earth. They will experience long lives that are half trussed. They go in only one direction, the direction of the force, and remain blind to the other direction.

Does man need to collide with his fellow man? Does man need to contest his very existence? Or can man study force so that he realizes force, but knows that there are two directions to a strike, two sides to a fight, and two halves to an art?

Does man need to hold out his fist that others may run into it? Or can he just hold out his hand and understand the intention of his fellow man, and translate it into warmth and glory?

We are all human beings, and we are all possessed of the dichotomous nature. To let one side of our personality hold sway is to cut ourselves in half, to wound ourselves, to be blind and oblivious to our own inherent greatness.

Every technique is a fist, and our response need not be a like fist, but can be like a shake of the hand


But this will not come to pass until we understand the martial arts backwards.


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