The like­ness of mar­tial arts

Sun.Star Baguio - - PRIME SPORTS - Sports Psy­chol­ogy BOBBY VINLUAN

IN the olden days prac­ti­tion­ers of Mar­tial Arts were re­ferred to as mar­tial arts mas­ters and ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to learn the sci­ence to be­come war­riors.

In the turn of the cen­tury, how­ever, Mar­tial arts prac­ti­tion­ers es­tab­lished schools claim­ing their teach­ings are the best and this is an ob­serv­able fact un­til to­day.

The field of mar­tial arts is par­tic­u­larly ripe with flam­boy­ant show­man­ship, com­mer­cial pop­u­lar­ity and prof­i­teer­ing on the part of those who teach the mar­tial arts and those who study it.

Peo­ple make the arts into com­mer­cial prod­ucts; they think of the arts as com­modi­ties and make im­ple­ments as items for com­merce.

This has been the trend then and now, how­ever, the prac­tice of mar­tial arts can be dis­tin­guished in com­par­i­son of cour­ses as ex­em­pli­fied by Miyamoto Musaashi, who ex­plains that the earth is an out­line of the sci­ence of mar­tial arts. It is an anal­y­sis for an in­di­vid­ual school; where by the true sci­ence can­not be at­tained just by mas­tery of one field in the art alone.

He com­pares the sec­ond course with wa­ter tak­ing it as the ba­sic point of ref­er­ence be­cause it con­forms to the shape of ves­sels, square or round; with the purity of wa­ter it makes the mind fluid. The at­tain­ment of cer­tain dis­cern­ment of the prin­ci­ples of mas­ter­ing mar­tial arts and de­feat­ing an op­po­nent is tan­ta­mount to be­ing able to ex­cel in the field. The spirit of over­com­ing oth­ers is the same though they score in num­bers.

The third is fire de­scribed as hav­ing a sense of vi­o­lence; the like­ness of bat­tle for ex­am­ple is the same whether it is a bat­tle be­tween an army against an­other or one in­di­vid­ual against an­other in­di­vid­ual. Fire like vi­o­lence hap­pens in a flash, and it is es­sen­tial in mar­tial arts to prac­tice daily to at­tain fa­mil­iar­ity, treat­ing them as or­di­nary af­fairs so the mind re­mains un­changed, be­cause it is hard to re­verse the mind of a large group of peo­ple at once in vi­o­lence, while in­di­vid­u­als can change their minds quickly.

Com­pared to the wind, this is to de­scribe the

dif­fer­ent mar­tial arts in the world, karate, judo, kung fu, etc., it also means the style or man­ner of prac­tice in the dif­fer­ent schools of mar­tial arts. It is also of deeper sense that you have to un­der­stand oth­ers to at­tain your own self-un­der­stand­ing.

De­fined as the spon­ta­neous or im­pul­sive en­try of an in­di­vid­ual into the field of mar­tial arts is “empti­ness” where one hav­ing at­tained a prin­ci­ple de­taches from the same that makes him in­de­pen­dent in the sci­ence of mar­tial arts and nat­u­rally at­tains mar­vels; in this course one dis­cov­ers him­self for true un­der­stand­ing of him­self and the art.

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