Classical training without weaponry may be missing the point

Wednesday, 25. August 2010

With a tremendous amount of martial arts available now, the art is becoming progressively more and more specialized. Some only grapple, some strike, some only like weapons and similar. To be a really balanced martial artist one needs to have at least a fundamental understanding in all 3 areas. Weaponry commonly gets lost nowadays, simply because of the mistaken belief that it’s “not applicable” in a modern world because traditional weapons simply aren’t used anymore. Nothing could possibly be further from the truth! In addition to that, you are robbing yourself of a knowledge set involved in any forms you might happen to perform.

We can start by simply looking at the name “Martial art.” It evokes images of Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and the like. ¬†Martial’s meaning of course, is Military.

1: of, relating to, or suited for war or a warrior
2: relating to an army or to military life
3: experienced in or inclined to war : warlike

Military Art. Were fists and feet used in Militaries? Absolutely, as a backup. You used them when Your spear was broken, your sword was bent, and the dagger you were carrying was left in a body 5 guys ago and his club is now broken. Simply put they’re a weapon of last resort after your real ordinance is expended or situationally used opportunistically. Were that not the case, we’d never have evolved beyond using our bare bodies. So, why practice forms that use fists and feet then? It’s not purely that!
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