As I would wish the very best of everything in life to all of you...it just simply will not happen. The typical day, or the proverbial " same old s**t, different day " has quite a different definition depending at what grid co-ordinate your feet are located.
With all due respect, some do not enjoy the ability to walk without alarm or fear in their immediate environment. Some do not enjoy the security of exiting their "home" and take in mother nature and all that she gives, freely. And, many others, do not for fear of their well-being and that of their families.
On-the-other-hand, what about the many who, on a daily basis, tread through the muck and mire of society. Those folks are instinctively aware of an imposing threat. They are life experienced at body language and physical attitude. Often, they are a veteran of many select encounters that have enabled physical skills that are simplistic and highly effective. These individuals have adapted and survived. The trials of life are a great teacher.
I am of the opinion that two hours a day, three or four times a week, clad in dogi and moving as if a marionette are going to enable those skills...you should re-evaluate the training goals.
If you are of the thought that kicks, punches and strikes are exclusive to " the other " arts, you need to re-evaluate your training goals. If you hold that there is no competition or resistance in your
training, I emphatically suggest you change your training methods.
Again, I wish all the very best life possible, but I believe that each takes from his/her training, that which they are most comfortable.
" Comfort " and " Environment " are synonymous to ability levels.
My food for thought, " Does your ability truly provide you comfort in any environment? ".
Good topic Michael.
You've voiced something that I have been thinking about for some time after traveling a bit and reading online threads for sometime now.
It's very interesting how a person defines things like survival or self-protection based on his or her reality and experience. I am often shocked by what passes for knowledge of "effective" self-protection strategies and tactics by folks in other, safer regions when in my reality, these concepts simply will not work. I guess this is why it is also difficult to get common ground in a lot of discussions on these things. In some areas it may be possible to never have to seriously think about dealing with severe, primal, lethal personal violence - in other places it may be a norm, requiring a level of awareness, skill and vigilance that is uncommon or even unthinkable to some.
To answer your question: " Does your ability truly provide you comfort in any
environment? " - I am constantly seeking ways to make this more and more the reality. This approach provides great opportunity to challenge what I think I know and what I believe I am capable of. It is a great method to progressively remove my own delusions imho and make real progress in developing self to meet the challenges of varied environments. So in a nutshell, when I start to feel "comfortable" I try to ensure that it is based on actual ability and knowledge and not delusion. The next step is to expand my reality so that I soon feel uncomfortable again.