Re: What Exactly Are We Practicing Here?
Nice essay. I disagree with some of your conclusions. I think you have connected the wrong dots. I think it is possible to steer a middle path but I understand it requires seeking out the right teachers as is true in any organization.
Precise technique, correct footwork, tenouchi, and Ki.
The teachers that have all this in abundance, I listen and watch with all the focus I can muster.
For the others, I listen carefully just in case and politely smile.
without Ki, form is an empty shell. Ki is not an abstraction or something to study. It is something to do.
but hey it's your path,