Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unfolding Origami...

  For those who have dabbled in the practice of Origami, having done so shows one how important it is to be aware of the final outcome. It makes the learning (and the desire for being meticulously correct) of the individual folds and creases less tedious.
  It is entirely possible to sloppily fold one's paper into a moderately close approximation (of being correct), and the end result will often be close (enough) to satisfy the needs of the individual (meaning, it looks somewhat like what you were attempting to accomplish, LOL).
  There's no “over-site” committee for performing Origami. It's a personal desire/pursuit. One tends to partake of it more so for personal amusement, or just as a past time (than any manner of a serious pursuit).
  There are a numerous “standard” items/subjects (?) that are folded by practitioner's (the “crane”, the “cup”, the “box”). The list is endless, and serious practitioner's add to that list all the time.
  Do I believe that any serious practitioner of a martial art should partake of this “exercise”,... no, I don't. Like any other pursuit, Origami can be an interesting pastime, or even a distraction from one's (real) pursuit/study. I believe it's important to (at times) step-away from one's actual study, In order to clarify your perspective.
  Very often, one can become confused (and not realize it) with their actual purpose of/for their study, and pursue irrelevant tangents that serve no purpose (to/with their desired study).
  Origami, is nothing more than learning to fold paper. When folded a particular way, the resultant “shapes” will either result in something that can serve some (often minor) purpose, or it will only resemble something besides the sheet of paper that you began with, LOL.
  Western martial artists are particularly susceptible to being (easily) distracted (“SQUIRREL!”). When one looks at the European martial arts schools (and trends), it's easy to see the (same) distractions that we (American's) were participating in during the 80's-90's. Beginner's are to this day, still susceptible to the TCM nonsense (and being easily distracted), but those who are actually working on improving their techniques, have long since abandoned such nonsense.
 I'm also aware, that there are some (very few) member's of the RyuTe® Association who presently teach and/or promote this (TCM) Crap. In my own opinion, those persons should be told to cease this practice (of lying to their student's) or be expelled from the association. It should be considered an embarrassment and is in direct violation of what Taika has always taught.

 Effective technique is the result of effective motion. There are no “magic” methods or short-cuts to valid technique application. Every one of the (so-called) “TCM methods” are exaggerated nonsense, who's only purpose is to distract the student with irrelevant information. These distractions use-up precious time, for which we all posses only a limited amount of.
  There are no secrets to how effective techniques are supposed to be applied. Taika was not privy to any “Grand Secrets of the Master's” through his instruction from Uhugushugu & Wakinaguri. The majority of that instruction was through lecture, and observation (made of everyday people, doing everyday things, ie. What was natural, and what wasn't).
  One's motions can often be like the Origami paper, when folded/motioned one way, they can become an entanglement application. When folded/motioned another, they become a striking/kicking combination, or a “knock-out” (type of) strike.
  No, I don't believe that Origami has any usable relation to the practice of “Te”. That doesn't mean that one can't relate the practice of it to various situations. “TCM” (on the other hand) seeks to directly distract the student with irrelevant nonsense. It's the equivalent of wadding-up a piece of paper, and considering it to be Origami

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well said Tony, I always enjoy reading your blog, thank you for taking the time to post frequently.

I think people in Western Cultures have a tendency to look for a “Mystical” or “Grand Secret” component to Martial Arts because we’re predisposed to immediate gratification instead of a taking the time to study/learn properly over a lifetime.

I noticed this with 2 of my kids who wanted to “study” (I use that word loosely) Martial Arts. At the time they were 7 and certainly not ready for the diligence/patience needed for true life protection training so I reluctantly enrolled them in the local ATA School.

In both cases they lasted only a few months, realizing that Martial Arts are mainly practice/refinement of basic techniques, over and over. To a 7 year old, and also many adults, this is a huge contrast to their romanticized view of Martial Arts.

It’s possible that those individuals that buy into TCM, Ki, Chi or any other deviation grew up watching Star Wars, desired to be a Jedi and use the force. One day they will likely realize that all of this is nonsense and only works in the movies …hopefully not while they’re getting beat up or worse.