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Old 08-10-2005, 01:25 PM   #5
cguzik
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Re: "Traditional budo" and "Fighting art"

To practice traditional budo is to give yourself to the system as a conduit through which it can be transmitted. In doing so, the practitioner becomes inculcated with the principles of the system; the practitioner becomes a living example of the principles embodied in the system. As Chuck Gordon said in the other thread, Shu-Ha-Ri may very well be essential for this to occur.

If the sole purpose is to give oneself over to become such a conduit, then the question of what can be accomplished by learning in such a way is answered: the system is transmitted... that is the goal. Those who start such a process with their own ideas of what is to be accomplished will inevitably find that they have to give those goals up in order to progress.

Now, if the practitioners of a system get killed, the system is not going to get transmitted. So, efficacy at the level of the individual is important. If all the practitioners of a system get killed, they cannot pass it on. And even if some don't get killed, without a reputation for being effective, new students may be hard to find.

So, we now have survival of the individual and survival of the system as coexisting goals. However, the individual's goals are not the reason that the individual [gets to] train: It is up to the teacher to be selective about who gets taught.

In this way, the goal of individual effectiveness is secondary to the goal of direct transmission.

Clearly, in sport situations, these two priorities are more frequently reversed, if any priority at all is given to the transmission of the system it is only as a conduit through which individuals learn to win.

Chris

Last edited by cguzik : 08-10-2005 at 01:27 PM.
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