Re: Budo And Control
Well written as always.
I was working in psychiatry and corrections, and I did start in martial arts to control others. Not why I keep training now, but as good a reason to start as any other - many other disciplines out there for controlling ourselves and keeping healthy. We advertise a specific skill set.
I remember learning to paddle a canoe and being shown all these strokes to control the boat. Then, I was shooting rapids and doing open water during high wind and really not in control of anything. The best to hope for was moving with the wind and water in a very real joining/blending kinda way while always being at the mercy of bigger forces. Budo can feel the same sometimes.
Maybe there is no control in reality. But if I am teaching waza to students, I still tell them control is the goal.