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Old 08-11-2005, 01:46 PM   #23
Location: Tulsa, OK
Join Date: Aug 2000
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Re: "Traditional budo" and "Fighting art"

Michael Neal wrote:
And actually the more I think of it, the more wrong I think you are.
So there is no lack of transmission of the art in my sport oriented Judo organization.

Since you quoted my post above I think this was in response to me. Note that I did not say there is any lack of transmission in the sport situation, just that the emphasis is different.

I think in sport-oriented arts, there is frequently more leeway given to the individual to do "what works for them" in order to win based on the framework of the sport. In fact, this is in my opinion one of the major distinctions between a coach and a teacher of a traditional art: the coach actually looks for and encourages doing so, while the teacher of the traditional art actively discourages it.

I'm not making any kind of judgement as to which approach is better or worse, but I am pretty sure that this is a major difference between these types of arts.

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