Traditional vs. Modern

I think this quote sums up the difference very well
There is a difference in what is done in the traditional Japanese arts and what is done for 'modern street effective fighting'. The main difference that I have noticed is that the modern arts tend to teach 'if he does this, you do this!' The traditional Japanese arts have a more holistic approach. They teach a way of reacting, without actually teaching specifics. While there are specific kata [forms] taught within all of the Japanese arts, they are not there to teach technique, but rather to instill a particular set of reactions and movements as defined by the overall outlook of the ryu [school].
This is very true from what I've seen, and is one of the reasons why people who practice modern martial arts don't like (or understand) the more traditional martial arts.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree. You are not going to perform a kata in a fight situation but it has familiarised your body with certain movements and strategies. You don't have time to think in a fight. I think sparring with a good amount of contact is very important as well

6/20/2008 8:48 PM  

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