This half-baked guru's comparison of different methods itself is misleading, like comparing apples and oranges, to use a cliché.
- What he missed to understand was the fact that every method is different, because they evolved in different environments, and for different objectives.
- When analyzing any particular fighting art one has to look at the anthropological, sociological and sometimes even the political aspects of the environment in which that art evolved.
- Another major differentiator in a method of fighting is, for what job-profile it is designed for. I will extrapolate this a bit more.
So, it's an established reality that subspecies of humans have some predominantly common physical characteristics.
|Is this race only for blacks?!|
The origins of traditional Japanese unarmed combat can be traced to the caste system which prohibited certain communities from carrying weapons. In India too there was a similar caste system, where the Kshatriyas were supposed to be the warrior class.
Nowadays these caste differentiators have blurred; so thankfully martial arts can be learnt by everyone.
The threats to the community also influenced the martial traditions; the most legendary, I can recall now, are the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Sikhs of Punjab and the Gurkhas of Nepal. Not to forget the Buddhist monks of Shaolin, who evolved an unique system suited to their lifestyle.
The nature of the environment will also influence the fighting system..thats why a tribal in a tropical jungle will fight different from a Bedouin in the desert.
When carrying of weapons is banned by authority, mundane household or farm equipments evolve into improvised weapons. A classic example is the Tonfa of Japanese martial arts, which is the improvised version of the rice-grinder handle.
Since I teach prison guards, I come across lots of improvised weapons, like aluminium plates folded and sharpened into a crude knife. Even a tooth-brush can function as a knife if one end is sharpened!
- A policeman's job is different from a soldier's. A policeman is expected to control the aggressor, while a soldier is not.
- A hotel bouncer's job is different from a body guard's, even though both technically do third-party protection.
- A Man's problem is different from a Woman. His issue is Rage while hers is sexual harassment.
- A martial art suitable for a rule based ring fighter won’t be suitable for a wild street-fight.
- A technique which can be applied only by a seasoned Aikido practitioner, can't be taught to an average girl working in a bank.
In my last post, I only analyzed the technique of this guy and not his system; if at all he has one! :)
Unfortunately he missed the essentials.
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