Gernot Hassenpflug wrote:
Bingo! I agree 100% All the misdirected mental focus was a waste of time - that could have been used to do other stuff in the meanwhile. Western martial artists practicing Asian arts may have a real advantage in the cultural difference, a) explaining something clearly in a currently viable physical paradigm (even though the explanation may not be complete, and a lot of stuff that advanced practitioners of "ki" skills can do is still not easily explainable this way) b) actually wanting to make it open for common use.
Each to his own, but as a caution I have to note that these things are far more complicated/sophisticated than I once thought and the depths go further than the "if I go to a couple of good seminars I can add this stuff to the already reasonable stuff I already do". There's more to it than just slight deviations from normal movement; to err and think it's really not sophisticated and pretty different is to make a big mistake. Been there, done that.
O-Sensei making a big deal out of this stuff was not happenstance.