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Old 03-31-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
Peter Boylan
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 272
Better For What?

I often hear the question, "Which martial art is better?" My response is always "Better for what?" I finally sat down and wrote out all my thoughts about it in this blog.


What do you think? How would you answer the question?

Peter Boylan
Mugendo Budogu LLC
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:27 AM   #2
Tim Ruijs
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Dojo: Makato/Netherlands
Location: Netherlands - Leusden
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 463
Re: Better For What?

A martial art is a tool. Like any tool, it has its specific purpose.
So I agree, what do you need fixing?

In a real fight:
* If you make a bad decision, you die.
* If you don't decide anything, you die.
Aikido teaches you how to decide.
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Old 04-02-2016, 11:48 AM   #3
Dojo: Open Sky Aikikai
Location: Durham, NC
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 308
Re: Better For What?

When I teach patients at the hospital, I try to teach them Why.

When I taught a young Hispanic woman about keeping her central line clean and covered to avoid infections, she found herself without dressing supplies and her old dressing coming off. She cleaned the area well, secured sterile gauze to her chest with duct tape, keeping the puncture wound sterile and the dressing intact. No infection. I never taught her that kind of MacGyvering, she just knew the Why, the principles.

For martial arts practice, if I don't Understand How a movement or a tool relates to the same basics I was taught on day 1, or I don't Understand What I am doing and how to use it to full advantage (or what disadvantages are present), I'm probably doing it wrong. Not getting it - not really doing it. No understanding of How, Why, What; no intention. Probably half-hearted practice or skipping the movement altogether in solo practice. Thousands of minimally informed (or uninformed) repetitions.

Thanks, I always enjoy your writing.
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