In this first DVD of "Wind Warriors XXI", Master Rui Ribeiro presents a work that anyone can do, in traditional martial arts and combat sports, to improve your health, your techniques and your way of working both in training and in combat. EVIDENCE, REFERENCE and CONTROL IN MARTIAL ARTS, COMBAT SPORTS and LIFE, MAN MOST BE WILD, NATURAL and PREPARED. Show no afraid. Touch your body. Make a relation with your Spirit. Take your time to understand the values of what you are. Feel the diferences of your constitution. The way that your brain act. External signals exist to notify you against further errors. Understand the signals, the relation of body and soul, the relation with others, with your senses. KIND of NATURE / KIND of REASON Kind of Evolution achievements / Kind of Systems. All it's on you. Make your body an empty place. In the exercise of nothing only spirit can be attacked, if you loose natural instinct. OSS
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“Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn't, it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn't. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.” Carlos Castaneda
ittle or none is what historians have left clear about the Shizen culture. What has reached us orally with respect to its history as a people is infinitely smaller than what has survived of its culture. From historians like Takeo Nagaki, we know that the original villages of this culture were probably located in the area of present-day Sapporo, during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333). At least two complete destructions of the Shizen villages (military defeats) by the Yamato invaders have come down to us through oral tradition. However their culture has survived to this day, largely through the efforts of the Shizen people themselves, who, being mingled at that time with the Japanese and acting as spies and protectors of their people remained infiltrated in positions of power and influence, when both defeats took place. If historiography is sparse in details about this culture, its cultural legacy is nevertheless cyclopean, and it has come to the present day in a secret and oral form through the Shizen immigrants that arrived in Brazil at the beginning of the 20th century. Of the ancient native cultures of the islands that make up modern Japan, today it only survives the Ainu (or Aino) people, which although it has its own language, it nevertheless lacks a writing system, for example. The Shizen culture, on the contrary, has bequeathed us three different forms of writing. This simple factor gives a bigger and clear dimension to the difference and depth of its knowledge, as well as the strength of its idiosyncrasy, compared to the Ainu culture. The Ainu survived the plundering, the acculturation and the submission on the part of the Yamato people, going through episodes of real Holocaust, even in the 20th century. The Ainu, however, maintain certain traditions, as well as their language, somewhat in the manner of the American Indians, much more like a sentimental remembrance of what they once were than anything else, since their life like huntergatherers was disturbed and absolutely destroyed. Even today, the fishing of salmons in their rivers, basis of their way of life on the hard winter days, continues to be banned or sponsored by the state. The Ainu didn't have the concept of property, so the expropriation of their land to give them to the Japanese immigrants at the beginning of the last century was a disaster in their way of life. Humiliated and bound to forget their language, they were forced into a devastating integration. Today, the Japanese government recognizes this minority and has enacted laws trying to protect that legacy. Unlike the Ainu, the Shizen culture, which ever since its beginnings showed an unsuspected vigor and a marked personality, reached high levels of great sophistication over the centuries. Oral traditions have it that Shizen people didn't define themselves by any racial trait, but cultural. This differentiation has probably been at the basis of their great success in perpetuating themselves over time. Breakwater of
many native cultures, organized against the invader, the Shizen knew, at least initially, to put a higher integrating factor, their culture, before a lower one like the race, the clan or the tribe. On the other hand, the defensive purpose established in their foundation, will definitively mark their closed and secret character from that moment. Like with American Indians, every person could become part of the people, provided that after a period of trial and coexistence, he or she had learned their customs and integrated them into his or her life. This period was formerly extended to a certain number of "moons" which would correspond to three years in our measure. After that period, they were initiated into their rites through a ceremony known in their language as “ashakoro” (“the big thing that is joined in big with the small material thing, through the reason”). From that moment they were considered to be a part of the Shizen people and initiated in their secrets and in the cult to Tengu ("the dogs of God"), a spiritual tradition known in their language as e-bunto (the great common force) - Ochikara, in Japanese. The Tengu were probably shamanic traditions from Mongolia (see the Tengri cult) originated from ancient cultures existing since the Neolithic, as they have features common to some ancient cultures of China, Mongolia, and Tibet. The Shizen legacy is an anthropological miracle of perpetuation. Without any written record (it was a culture based on the secret) the depth and extension of the knowledge now extant is something absolutely extraordinary. I do not remember any other similar case in modern history, so this culture is in itself a "living Rosetta Stone" of the oldest cultures in the world. What has come to me from our lineage (especially from the villages of Kawa and Yabu) is so vast and impressive that it would take several lives to study everything. The materials collected by Shidoshi Jordan Augusto, and humbly (far away from his titanic work) by myself, surpass the 50,000 entries of articles, books and materials, in which are explained and analyzed aspects as different as medicine, philosophy, language, songs, prayers, sutras, dances, psychology, spiritual medicine (Shizen shamanism), monogatari (mythological tales), Martial Arts, protocols and customs, festivities, spirituality, oracles, and a long etcetera. The secret as a defensive norm, has maintained a whole, great and enormous culture, hidden from the eyes of humanity. The secret, which marks its idiosyncrasy, impregnates its foundational DNA with such force that only through it and with an immeasurable vigor and strength has it managed to survive all these centuries through the families, the shamans (miryoku) and the priest-walkers known as Tonbo (dragonflies). The secret, which made sense in the defense of the heirs of the above mentioned tradition, first against the invaders far superior in numbers and military forces, and later, as a vehicle of protection among the Shizen sub-groups reborn in the
diaspora, can nevertheless turn into its definite ruin in modern times. Young people and Shizen families who are inserted in modern societies, as with other traditional cultures, go for the modern interests and ways of life, rather than their beautiful ancient traditions. On the other hand, the great Masters who preceded us, each one of them a living encyclopedia of the Shizen tradition, have been gradually disappearing one by one and their legacy rests in very few hands. The world of today lives immersed in the centrifugal force imposed by the unique thought, and despite the existing resistance to the loss of identity with the resurgence of chauvinisms, localisms and nationalisms, the truth is that the modern day-to-day is devouring any real distinction, reducing to folklore what one day was wisdom to face real obstacles, ordinariness and experience. Because the need is the mother of changes and when it comes into play, it changes whatever is around and nothing stops it. This is as true in cultures as it is in individuals. The depth and particularity of the Shizen culture is so extraordinary and so alive in our spiritual daily life that we have committed our effort and dedication to preserving it. This implies an exceptional turn of events that can only be understood within the framework of the extraordinary of the situation. As in human life, in that of cultures, two are the greatest and most important moments: birth and death. Birth, because it defines a whole trajectory as an arrow, aiming to its target. And death, because it solves the climax and maximum tension of a purpose. After all death, there is nothing left but the renaissance to a different plane, and therefore the transcendence to a more subtle and necessarily higher vibrational plane. The extraordinary amount of transgressions and disproportionate extreme events and boundaries that led up to the moment when I was named "eternally successor" (Kokeisha in Japanese, Koromi in Shizengo) of the traditions of the Kawa village in our lineage, would be enough to write a whole book; still, it wouldn't be but a tiny drop of time in the long history of the Shizen people. As the saying goes, space and time involved, you see everything in its opposite. Many years ago he wrote that in the modern and paradoxical times of the millenarian totum revolutum, the best of the East is seen in the West and vice versa. Capitalism is reaching extreme levels of perfection in its natural essence in China, while the best of the Orient, from the Dalai Lama to Mother Teresa of Calcutta (which was Albanian) will be seen in the West. The great martial artists of the East are in the West and many are the successors who no longer present slanted eyes. I have neither Shizen nor Japanese blood. In the end as in the beginning, none of that is important, and it never was. My Master doesn't have slanted eyes either, but he is more Shizen than anybody else, and a living library of its culture and knowledge. The spiritual imposes itself on the material, because in the extreme times that we live in, everything reaches its limits and exposes itself defragmented; times in which nothing can be preserved for tomorrow, because tomorrow has already arrived and the future shrinks; times of the Kali Yuga in the Hindu tradition, Apocalypse in the
Judeo-Christian, and apocalypse means destruction by fire ... Not everything is negative in it, for fire is also light, elucidation of contained energy and transfiguration of the matter towards a state of pure energy. To try to keep the past in an contrived way, or turn into pieces of museum such interesting cultures as the Shizen would be to kill its real value, at a time in which the lost humanity seeks paths and orientations that give direction, meaning and transcendence to its existence. It is not a matter of sustaining artificially the forms that made it be what it was, but of fitting its greatness into the higher parameters that it reached as a culture with a spiritual reach whose value is eternal for the eternal questions of man about his identity as a spiritual being, and about the reasons and mysteries underlying his experiences on this material plane. Subsidized cultures, such as species on the verge of extinction artificially supported, decline inexorably. So if you try to destroy something, the best is to protect it artificially, because easiness inexorably leads to difficulty. It is not that, nor is it to betray its essence by adapting it, under accommodative premises, to the circumstantial conveniences of those who approach it. Keeping alive a culture is therefore something that transcends the possibilities of one or two individuals and I don't delude myself. Perhaps our endeavor and purposes are in vain, because everything that begins at some point ends, but if that is the way it has to be, let it be with a "grand finale" in which may it shine forth with all its might the greatness of a brave and deeply spiritual culture, that navigated with courage in Universes of Conscience in which few have ventured. If, on the contrary, we pass the baton to a new generation, may it be better than the previous ones, and without losing the nobility and the essence of what characterized this people keeping alive their idiosyncrasy, let they foster the revival of the Shizen culture in a new context, irremediably different and as far away in time as in space, finding those Universal and great values that vibrate in its essence, with a unique and extraordinary strength and power. The secret of the secrets will continue being available only for those who have to form a part of it and, as we, want to transit through this unique and peculiar world; nothing will be betrayed in this particular, and not only because it is part of its essence as a culture, but also because it is so in any authentic path that surpasses normality. Everything is a question of grades in this Universe and in every pyramid there few stones on the top and many down. It's also known that quantity kills quality. If one day the Japanese government or its academics and historians decide to give fair space in their studies to a legacy that, far beyond what they are able to even imagine, has had so much unsuspected influence in the culture of their country, we will not hesitate to contribute to such noble endeavor. Such a culture deserves to be admired instead of pursued, as it was for centuries, so that the spirits that made it possible may rest in peace, and their enormous, gigantic, marvelous contribution to the spiritual body of humanity may shine forth in its own light in the immensity of the human legacy.
Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei is first and foremost a man with a Universalist spirit. He is a person without borders, an Aikido ambassador who likes to transmit his art as authentic Budo, that is, without losing its roots. His technique conveys a sense of power as well as beauty. "We have been able to perceive the perfection of his actions in our own skin, serving as uke for him in tatamis all over the world", say his students. Wide movements of a great clarity and full of energy. And so is he as a person: a man full of energy, passionate about his art and with a great desire to spread it across the five continents. Alfredo Tucci
Aikido and Yamada Sensei Today, Aikido, like all other Martial Arts, is enjoying tremendous popularity all over the world. This includes Latin America, Australia and, especially, Europe. Of course, I love Aikido and I think it is an art not only very powerful, but also very beautiful. However, as time goes by I love Aikido much more, and it really hurts when I hear people who have never practiced it, say that it is an ineffective or false art. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to agree with those opinions. This is especially true when I observe some students from different Dojos around the world practicing Aikido in a very careless and routine way, or as a simple
social activity. When I contemplate this type of practice, I see nothing but emptiness and an immense lack of quality. I think that this attitude in training comes from not knowing the real essence of Aikido. After all, Aikido is Budo, and Budo means a matter of life and death. Thanks to the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and his son, Kishomaru Ueshiba, Aikido was recreated as an accessible art not only in Japan but also abroad, so that all of us could benefit from the practice of this exalted Martial Art. Obviously, today we don't practice Budo to kill or damage other people. But the pursuit of harmony with our "adversary" shouldn't lead us to confront our practice in a way that is not consistent with the principles of Aikido. If you are aware that in any movement of any technique,
Aikido â€œThanks to the founder, Morihei Ueshiba, and his son, Kishomaru Ueshiba, Aikido was recreated as an accessible art not only in Japan but also abroad, so that all of us could benefit from the practice of this exalted Martial Art.â€?
Great Masters you must keep in mind the essence of Budo, that is, of the difference between life and death, then it's simply not possible to practice Aikido in a careless and lifeless way. Some of the elements you need to apply Aikido techniques on and off the mat are a positive attitude, a strong balance and a solid center. I am not suggesting that
you become rough or use brute force. What I am proposing you is that you practice strongly and sincerely, but always with good will toward your "adversaries." In other words, I am asking you to be positive, centered and clear, because these are the elements of the spirit of Budo. My suggestion for your daily workout, no matter the Martial
Art you practice, is to not only attend the Dojo regularly to do your exercises in the usual way, but also train daily so that the practice helps you to improve yourselves. It is important to do our daily practice with the principles of Budo and Aikido in mind, so that the sixty minutes of each class we take are more meaningful to each of us. As a reward for this dedication, the improvement in the quality of our spirit will be much greater. This dedication to our spirit, in conclusion, will improve our lives.
â€œPersonally I think that I don't copy anyone. I have tried to take things from everybody that are good for me, and integrate them in my person and digest them just like a good meal.â€?
"The Way ... of the Good Sense." Among the big names that resound strongly in the international panorama of Aikido, Yamada Sensei stands out for his dynamism, his strength and his boundless dedication to disseminating of the Art of Ueshiba. Tireless traveler, unflagging professor, he teaches courses and seminars around the world, often making the plane his home and the jet lag a daily custom. We have recorded with Yamada Sensei a second video more elaborate than the first one, in which it delights us again with his technical knowledge and with his personal way of looking at the Art of O Sensei. On the occasion of this recording, we obtained from Master Yamada the following interview, in which, going
deeper than ever, he speaks openly about the issues that practitioners of the Art of the Aikido are especially interested in. We wish to express our special gratitude to Michelle Feilen, the beloved pupil of Master Yamada, who has taken every interest in order that this article and the new video can success, so that our readers can connect with Master Yamada through their intimacy with him. Budo International: Sensei, what led you to practice Aikido? Yamada Sensei: My uncle, Tadashi Abe Sensei. He was Uchideshi (inside student) of O Sensei, so I had knowledge of Aikido from my childhood. And I always
hoped I could start practicing. When the time came, I started and that's it. Due to the familiar links of my uncle with O Sensei's family, I was accepted as Uchideshi. My situation was different than usual: my first day in Aikido was also my first day as Uchideshi.
Y.S.: It happened in a demonstration, not public, made for a very intimate family circle, in his house. I was invited like any other person thanks to the bond that my uncle had with O Sensei's family, and I felt so excited that I practically don't remember anything else.
B.I.: Do you remember the first time you saw O Sensei? Could you comment on that moment to us?
B.I.: What is the most important teaching you learned from O Sensei?
â€œMany people think that my style is very orthodox, of circular and dynamic movements, following the line of Kishomaru Ueshiba. That's what people think.â€?
Aikido Y.S.: Obviously, apart from the technical aspect, I learned to be a good person, generous and kind to the students. B.I.: Do you think that current Aikido differs much from what you practiced with O Sensei? Y.S.: Oh yes, definitely. If O Sensei saw today's training sessions he would be very surprised. Within the Art of Aikido there exist many variations of individual character, many styles. This is inevitable given its very creative nature. The important thing is to define yourself by a style. Everyone is free to follow what he or she likes, what is good for oneself. There are many ways to follow Aikido. No one can say which is correct and which is incorrect. It's like the translation of a great work, in which different nuances, as well as different interpretations, can always be expressed. There are many translators of O Sensei, and evidently the only way to get to know him and his work is through his translators. B.I.: What personalities of aikido have influenced you more in your personal development, both technically and spiritually? Y.S.: Well, personally I think that I don't copy anyone. I have tried to
take things from everybody that are good for me, and integrate them in my person and digest them just like a good meal. Many people think that my style is very orthodox, of circular and dynamic movements, following the line of Kishomaru Ueshiba. That's what people think. B.I.: How would you define your technique? Y.S.: Dynamic and elegant, well, at least I hope it be so. B.I.: What does the Aikikai Hombu Dojo represent in our day? Y.S.: Basically, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo should be a spiritual symbol for us. I am sorry that there is no such relationship between the Aikikai Hombu Dojo and the practitioners. Currently it's more a business relationship ( d e g r e e s , certificates, etc.). It makes me sad to s e e
that the spiritual link is getting lost. Even so, there who feel this relationship deep inside, but there others who simply do not care. This could pose a future, especially when we will lack the links translators of O Sensei.
are still people are also many problem in the of union: The
B.I.: What's your view on the proliferation of Federations and Associations around the world that follow the study of various Shihans? How can this affect the unity of Aikido and its development in the future? Y.S.: The ideal thing would be one single Federation that could unify everything, but this is absolutely impossible. It's like Aikido styles. Now we clearly realize that it's impossible and at this moment we have to think how to face this situation. We all know that we cannot unify and yet
some entities keep trying it, such as the International Aikido Federation (IAF). Everyone should have the right to be a member of the IAF. B.I.: In your organization, all grades that you grant are certified by the Aikikai. In Europe there are the national grades awarded by Federations and Associations, and those of the Aikikai. What is your opinion about this separation of grades? Y.S.: I understand that each country has its own administrations (different Ministries, etc.). Some countries have no choice, but I think that, at least regarding the Dan grades, they all should come from the original source, since they have a spiritual meaning. For this to be possible, the Aikikai Hombu Dojo must be sympathetic to the various local inconveniences, adjust to them and be made more flexible, as each country lives in different administrative and financial situations. Personally, I feel that if the Aikikai Hombu Dojo doesn't do anything about it to solve this problem, certificates will end up being granted by the countries or even by the Shihans themselves. This will happen if the Aikikai Hombu Dojo doesn't offer any solution. B.I.: Fortunately, your visits to Europe, and especially to Spain, are becoming increasingly frequent. How do you see the evolution of Aikido in the Old Continent? Y.S.: Europe, as a continent, has a very long history in Aikido, but at the same time quite confused. There are many Shihans and teachers. Obviously, there are many thoughts, styles and philosophies. Nowadays there is much more information, travelling is easier and there are many opportunities to see more Shihans, with which you can access the different Aikido lines around the world. People have more chances to check what is happening around Aikido; for example, in my country (USA) students not only see me or see the Shihans in America, but they also have the opportunity to see Tamura Shihan (Europe), or students who travel from Europe to America. I admit that I am not very up-to-date about the situation in Spain, but every time I come I enjoy very much teaching. I feel that people here are very eager to learn.
B.I.: From what we've seen all over the world, your courses are characterized by the attendance of multitude of pupils from other countries. What feeling raises in you the fact that students travel from so far away to practice under your direction? Y.S.: Of course, this makes me very happy. For me it means that I must do my job well. Not only is it good for me, it is also positive for my organization and for my students that people of the whole world come both to my Seminars and to my Dojo... Friendship links are created. B.I.: How do you see the technical and spiritual evolution of the high grades through your seminars around the world? Would you like to give them some advice? Y.S.: All are on the right track, although they should return from time to time to the sources and be more humble. B.I.: The New York Aikikai has become, over time (36 years of existence), a place of pilgrimage for innumerable aikidokas around the world who go to your Dojo to deepen the practice of Aikido. What spirit do you try to instill in all these practitioners? Y.S.: As I said before, I feel great pleasure when I see people from so many different countries coming to the New York Aikikai. I think they don't come just to see me; they also come to meet my students, of whom I am very proud. My Dojo has a special atmosphere, I don't know how to describe it or how I created it, but my motto is to make my Dojo a place where you can practice sincerely and at the same time enjoy yourself, thus creating friendship bonds. It is good to be able to love others and feel yourself loved at the same time. Maybe this is the environment we were talking about.
Great Masters B.I.: What goals do you have to achieve in the world of Aikido? Y.S.: Goals? Mnn... I hope someday I can project people without touching them. (LOL) B.I.: Define for me with a single word and in three seconds the following personalities of the world of Aikido: Y.S.: - K. Ueshiba A gentleman - K.Tohei Sensei Charismatic - O. Osawa Sensei Understanding - N. Tamura Sensei A great worker - M. Kanai Sensei A samurai - K. Chiba Sensei Passionate - Y. Yamada Sensei Flexible
Sifu Alfred Johannes Neudorfer and Sifu Rosa Ferrante Bannera, founders of Wing Tsun Universe - WTU, a movement which characterizes not by the use of techniques, but of qualities, exchanges, principles and concepts of movement - focus their first DVD in Siu Nim Tao (SNT) or "9 ways". The SNT is the basis of Wing Tsun, Wing Chun and WTU. The understanding thereof is the basic condition for everything that comes after, because if you observe the way people perform the sequences of this movement, you can easily deduce what they will be able to do. If something is wrong with the movement, everything the practitioner will later develop will be erroneous. WTU movements (forms) involve inherent functions from which can derive applications. The significance of the primary movements makes them derive in other movements and to generate applications based on the principles and interactions that help to their understanding. The WTU also incorporates an extra "set" its founders considered necessary due to the current circumstances. The DVD includes the Movement (form) Siu Nim Tao, its 9 sequences and applications, sequences 1 to 3 of the first movement with a training partner (Chi Sao) and a revealing interview with the founders of the WTU.
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Ancient arts... Ancient arts... The challenge in the era of modernity! "Maturity allows me to look with less illusion, to accept with less suffering, to understand with more tranquility, to love with more sweetness" Lya Luft Some people ask me "if I believe that everything has changed, if I think that the bearings now are different..." Throughout history, different men and women of the Martial Arts have taken high flights that completely altered the panorama of observation. We can see that in the most diverse martial cultures... However, not every change leads to the point of sublimation and achieves the expected success, as did Musashi, Yagyu, Kano, Ueshiba and others who, despite appearing at different times, they all jumped into the abyss of renewal. It wouldn't be much saying that the directions have always been different. The so many forms of reflection and observation, judging that we are talking about understanding, reverberate in curious warnings with strong words: "Be careful! Do not judge your neighbor!" Given the ephemeral nature of life, and indeed the irony with which fate treats us, we are many those who trace a path of intensity and warm experiences. However, if we look thoroughly, we will see that everything depends on how we associate the impressions that are external to us.
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â€œDo you think that everything has changed, that bearings now are different?â€?
Being with one of my female pupils at the Valencia Fnac (bookstore and DVD, CD's store, etc.) chatting about the relationship we have with our impressions on the outer universes, at a certain point in our conversation I could corroborate that, differently from what we imagine, what we project and what is projected on us certainly alters our view of totality. That is, to express our truths through ideas, feelings, confusions ... and, somehow, to believe that this is the only point that must be worked; which is not true - nor can it be! However much it can be denied, the mind, being associative and immediate, follows an explosive and, therefore, reflective horizon. The product of the instant is always the result of an assimilation that is headed towards labeling and gossip. With Martial Arts it is no different! Nevertheless, the human proposal of changing, progressing and evolving must be over the drawbacks that imprison it at the conscience level. Thus, the principle of change is to accept the new possibilities. Several times in my life, I have come up with important reflections where the past was the protagonist; revaluating as a proposal for growth and
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â€œOn the idea of the new and the old, we can say that everything exists in our times. Good and evil, positive and negative, beautiful and ugly... Everything is mixed in the idea of renewal, of the new that offers a horizon to the old.â€?
discovery new possibilities and perspectives. Being beyond the observation itself is what makes us transcend the imaginary lines of a given situation. Diving into ourselves, observing closely what may be bothering us in recognizing what is important in our personal universe. I am of those who think that everything that makes us stagnate and dull the conscience must be reviewed in a lucid and balanced way, without judging, yet with the heart awake to the identifications and necessary findings. "In youth we learn; in maturity, we understand." - says Marie Eschenbach. In different meetings, on different occasions in which I had the opportunity to speak with masters, with teachers, I could understand that over the years, we will discover new scenarios of vision of the same landscape. Details that previously went unnoticed, truths that were hidden as a way to protect us from our own ignorance ... Ubaldi says: "...It is a necessary assimilation to be able to rise even more, after the positions reached have been rationally considered and consolidated." Some masters who abandoned their goals, based on a new reason in their lives, emphasize the importance of being able to change; so, who can trust in himself to follow his path of self-discovery? Especially in the most modern Martial Arts, you see that the new is gaining space; it comes to replace the old. Perhaps every new acquisition, resolution, will find the line of
â€œThe human proposal of changing, progressing and evolving must be over the drawbacks that imprison it at the conscience level. Thus, the principle of change is to accept the new possibilities.â€?
resistance of the waves of the "sea of life" as an obstacle. To surpass this line of natural forces is what leads us to perceive the personal strength of each person. On the idea of the new and the old, we can say that everything exists in our times. Good and evil, positive and negative, beautiful and ugly... Everything is mixed in the idea of renewal, of the new that offers a horizon to the old. In different parallels of observation, I have seen the same circumstances arise that make the old and the new a point of eternal discussion, where trust acquires a curious importance. Who is capable of 100% trust today? Life, in this current panorama, has revealed itself in so many different ways that trust is becoming more and more, a virtue in extinction. Trust means a kind of courage that comes from conviction in one's own value, or even in the faith that is deposited in someone. Who dares use this second option? Publio Siro said: "He who has lost the trust has nothing else to lose." In the middle of the age of deception, of falsehood, of practicality, etc., however much it is said that it is possible to trust in someone, if on the one hand we have the high, which means more advanced levels of evolution, on the other we have our world, which represents the backward evils. In both cases, trust and distrust dance a conjugal dance, which demands of the human being adjacent virtues, so that trust can be enforced.
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In my particular observation, he who wishes to know or grant the benefits of trust, above all, must understand how human reality works, what it demands and what it offers. Regardless of the position we occupy or the Martial Art we practice, are we able to offer confidence? Are we able to demand it? It is necessary to think that in the human reality, diversified in panoramas and perspectives, a type of circumstance stands out in which, at the human level, the forms obey the eyes of those who observe them. The best thing would be to try to see what exists beyond these same forms; then, in times of capital, no one can deny that our most vigorous existence is increasingly directed to the eternal law of the struggle for life and survival. In the face of this natural phenomenon - considering that it is a remnant of the animal plane -, who would entrust his money, credit cards, bank accounts, etc., to a stranger? Old masters say that today there is no longer any trust in relationships. Will it be so? Bearing in mind that confidence has proved that even in the purest means, rottenness is gaining place, we live a kind of trust that is not perennial; it's easier to say that people have or don't have trust attitudes. A student who acts well, an acquaintance, an official of a company... In the meantime, you have to think that it also depends on the mind that is grouped in different associations. The more experienced men say that we all have a price.
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Different experiences in universities have shown that man has different reactions to different situations. I increasingly think that changing is our daily bread. I've never been afraid of changing, of rearranging my truths - even if it were necessary to dissolve a whole concept to that purpose. I've never been afraid of catharsis! Quite the contrary, I have always seen it as a sublimation that shows and reveals what is hidden there. According to this view, the real abstraction between the being and the self ("I") arises from a natural process that reveal different phenomena for each of us. I think the passing of the years is there for this! Don't you think? In judging that the path that leads to ourselves is always narrower, we deteriorate whenever we allow conscience stagnation. All the circumstances that surround us, despite they are sources of undesirable realities, arise for a greater "readjustment", which, seen in depth, means that our entire inner process of integration with the external universes goes in the direction to the instinct and the capacity for identification. At levels of adaptation, the mind is working depending on the reconstruction of wills, desires, goals.... A synthesis that establishes personal and representative patterns at the center of the social landscape.
Arts of Japan
â€œI increasingly think that changing is our daily bread. I've never been afraid of changing, of rearranging my truths - even if it were necessary to dissolve a whole concept to that purpose.â€?
Jeet Kune Do Practising and Training by yourself thanks to martial arts' seminars I have been often asked this question by many people living in areas or countries where there are no Jun Fan Gung Fu / Jeet Kune Do or Sifu Guro Dan Inosanto's filipino martial arts system. It is quite possible and indeed, the first generations of Sifu Dan Inosanto's instructors are the proof of that . Indeed, in all countries ( states in the United States ), the first instructors had to train themselves in the seminars, looking for techniques in each seminar with Sifu Dan and then, they worked by themselves waiting until the next one. Due to training, they had been corrected about techniques studied before and lear nt new ones or deepened techniques which had been studied before . We don't have to forget that we must rework the basic techniques in order to improve always them. As Sifu Dan always tells us : You need 5 minutes to learn one technique and all your life to master it So, It is absolutely possible to practice and train by yourself thanks to martial arts in the Inosanto Academy through seminars.
Nevertheless, we need a more nuanced approach of that. First of all, this will require much work and perseverance. It is not enough to go to seminars during few years, and then stop practising because you think you know everything we must improve and analyse constantly the techniques studied One thing is essential : you always must be corrected and advised in order to acquire a perfect technique ( but perfection does not exist as if we get closer but we will never be able to reach it ). So all individuals who invest in this way several years and who decide to stop, thinking that they have learnt or mastered everything , these people will waste their time. The moment you think you know everything, is the moment you are declining because you cease to practise, to invest in and you cease to be guided and corrected . « I know everything and I have nothing else to learn and my teacher is jealous of me... » This syndrome is unfortnately more and more frequent.
Jeet Kune Do Therefore many students and teachers have ceased to train by themselves once they have reached this way. So, martial art development through seminar is not the good solution for them because they needed a traditional environment of training in a club. Another condition for practising and training by yourself through martial arts seminars in one or several systems you must not become discouraged and you must follow as much as possible the teacher you had choosen. People often move from one teacher to another which is excellent to explore different teachers and differents methods, but we need to choose one, two or three teachers in one system in order to work constant bases and to be followed up. Indeed, if we spread ourselves too thinly, we will get lot of techniques and stuff but we will have no bases in our(s) system(s). We have noticed more and more that some people posess a great deal of knowledge but they are not able to punch as a « jab » correctly. Why ? Easily, because learning to be able to punch with a jab takes all your life and we must not cease to improve the flow. If we don't have any constant teachers we follow through seminars, we will have a buildup of techniques and informations which will pollute your mind and will keep us from being efficient. However, the accumulation of techniques will permit to give the illusion in front of neophytes or to show on seminars an uncontrolled variety of techniques given by these untrained individuals in order to show off. It is not embarassing if this so called teacher is aware of it and he will not lie to his students. Unfortunately , these individuals are regarded as an expert because they sell dreams and claim to be formed by the best. Of course, practising and training by yourself do not mean to be
certified and graduated by the teachers who teach through seminars. Moreover, another trap lies in the fact of betraying the trust of your(s) teacher(s) through the seminars. You must be aware that a teacher who graduates a student who practises and trains through seminars, only graduates this student in order to support him but it means that it is the beginning of his journey for this young graduate student . But, for many certfied people, after several years of training in seminars or after few of them, if the teacher wants to carry out his system in a country or in an area, it is an outcome and not the beginnig of the formation. This is a huge misunderstanding from many people who practise et trains themselves on the seminars. On the other hand, the teacher(s) on seminars can decide or can think that some students are good martial artists but they are not able to teach . It is obloviously at that time when the student knows it, angry, leaves his teacher and he is going to meet another one who certifies him as if he has no talent. Another very impotant factor to train by yourself, is the ability to move to the seminars. This suggests that you must invest a lot of money because moving to practise is very expensive.
Jeet Kune Do
But nothing is impossible, I have been training by myself for 21 years in Sifu Dan Inosanto's seminars. You just have to make some financial choices, that is to say, to make sacrifices in order to go to the seminars. Of course, the outings, the new cars or another things are not conceivable for this training type. Leaving for the seminars will mean that you will invest and make huge financial sacrifices but you should accept to see less our family. Therefore, it is clearly important to look deep inside yourself and to be aware of these factors before starting this type of training and formation. Since I began studying the arts of Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts in 1994, I have never ceased for a moment to practise and to follow my teachers and regardless of what hardships happened in my life . When I am talking of following my teachers, as Sifu Dan Inosanto, it means to see them regularly through the seminars not once by year. I had seen Sifu Dan in Europe 8 times by year at the time when he gave 4 seminars in Great Britain, and in the rest of Europe like in Germany, in Spain, in Italy, in France, in Switzerland, without counting many trips in the United States I cannot count. I will finish like this, I encourage all the people who desire practising and training by themselves through seminars to do it without hesitation but they have to be aware of the contraints. Nevertheless, know that for myself I have no regrets. Over my years of formations, I met. amazing people, I knew wonderful countries studying their customs and their history, I learnt to respect all the
present students, from the beginner to the most advanced, because everyone helped me to progress and to become a more opened minded person and more human one . Finally, I met through seminars certain individuals who became my teachers (Sifu Rick Young, Sifu Terry Barnett and Ibu Rita Suwanda to mention just a few of them with of course Sifu Dan Inosanto thanks to whom I met all my teachers ) and who have become. full members of my martial family. Thanks to all those who helped me and who continue to help me in my course which will cease when I die.
“The iron wire” The Secret Form
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 July 2017 - Genoa (Casella) - Italy I ° Hung Gar Special Seminar The Secret Form Taught and analyzed in all its secrets by Grand Master Paolo Cangelosi. The form of the 6 moods, the 5 emotions, the 12 bridges, accompanied by the sound of the inner singing, the sonorous poem of Grand Master TIK KIU SAM. The seminar is open to all those wishing to delve into the advanced level of Kung Fu. It will be carried out in the midst of nature and includes study, practice, room and board. A total immersion.
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In this new DVD of Vovinam, Patrick Levet has wanted to show the facets of the use and handling of the Vietnamese Stick. Although little known, the Vietnamese long stick is, without a doubt, the most important weapon among all the weapons of the traditional Martial Arts of Vietnam. The Vovinam school, in its official program, only proposes the Stick Form (Tu Tuong Con Phap) and the counterattacks of stick vs. stick (Phan The Con), without explaining the intermediate movements. But the Vietnamese stick goes far beyond these two facets and Master Levet offers us 2 detailed DVDs on all the applications of the numerous intermediate movements of the Stick Quyen. This first volume includes a series of specific stick warming up and bodybuilding exercises, the guard, fundamental principles, stylistic handling of the weapon, defense against disarmament, blocking and dodging, displacements, as well as combat techniques. An original work that shows for the first time the Vietnamese stick in a complete and exhaustive way.
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Combat Hapkido “At first it may be hard to believe that there is a serious increase in violent crime during the season of “giving, good will, peace and love”. But, sadly, it is true. And here are the reasons why:”
IT’S THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY! The Holiday Season, what a great time of the year! People around the World, regardless of their religion, tradition or philosophy are celebrating this special time. Even people with no religious belief participate in the festivities and share in the general “holiday spirit”. Gift giving, well-wishing, sharing great meals with friends and relatives and donating to charities to help the less fortunate, are all positive traditions, respected by many different cultures throughout the centuries.
Combat Hapkido any claim that, in our modern society, the Holidays have become overly “commercialized” and that this once joyful season is now nothing more than a stressful, materialistic race to buy an ever growing amount of unnecessary merchandise. It has also become a time of unhealthy overeating and excessive drinking. All that may be true, to some extent, but that is a social and cultural phenomenon requiring a different analysis not proper for this forum. What concerns me most, however, about this time of the year, is what I call the “dark side of the Holiday Season”. It is an ugly truth that goes unrecognized, unreported and ignored by most people. It is the significant increase in violent crime that occurs every year during the Holidays. As Martial Artists and Self Defense Instructors, we must be aware of this unhappy situation and do our best to prevent this kind of incidents by raising awareness with the public and by providing season-specific, practical training. We are not just talking about protecting personal property and valuable belongings, we are
“More money – Great opportunities for criminals during the Holidays are gas stations, restaurants, taxi drivers, tourists, airports, parking lots, public transportations and even churches that collect money for the poor.”
“As the song says “it’s the season to be jolly”. It is NOT the season to be careless and to become the victim of a violent assault. Be alert, be aware & be safe.”
Grand Masters â€œPeople are shopping and carrying unusually large amounts of money and / or credit cards.â€?
Combat Hapkido primarily interested in the safety of the public during this special time of the year. At first it may be hard to believe that there is a serious increase in violent crime during the season of “giving, good will, peace and love”. But, sadly, it is true. And here are the reasons why: • Money – Lots of it. People are shopping and carrying unusually large amounts of money and / or credit cards. They are also carrying the desirable merchandise (especially jewelry) they have just purchased. The stores’ cash registers are also full of money at this time becoming inviting targets • More money – Great opportunities for criminals during the Holidays are gas stations, restaurants, taxi drivers, tourists, airports, parking lots, public transportations and even churches that collect money for the poor. It’s that simple, the increased presence of money / valuables becomes an irresistible temptation not only to the professional criminal element but also to opportunistic individuals looking for an easy score. But that’s only part of this ugly story. The unfortunate truth is that many victims unintentionally “attract” an attack by unwittingly appearing as an “easy” target. And no, I am not “blaming” the victims. As a personal protection and security professional, I must expose the vulnerable and risky behavior that all too often is at the root of a dangerous situation. Let’s examine some specific details: • Walking around absorbed in a cell phone conversation or texting, unaware of
Combat Hapkido your surroundings (is someone watching you? Following you? Listening to the information you are disclosing in your conversation?). • Walking back to your vehicle carrying shopping bags in both hands and than fumbling, looking for your keys. • Flashing money / valuables in public areas. • Having the obvious appearance of someone who has just celebrated the Holidays with a “few drinks”. • Having the obvious appearance of someone who is lost or unfamiliar with the area. Approaching strangers for directions / information. • Allowing strangers to approach you or your vehicle, offering help with your bags or asking for your help with something. • Hosting a Holiday party at your house and leaving the front door open for the convenience of arriving guests (think home invasion!). This is just a basic, partial list of mistakes that create the opportunity and the favorable conditions for a criminal attack. And while they are common at all times and places, they are particularly frequent during the Holiday Season because people are distracted, busy with shopping, preoccupied with festive events and “feeling” the Holiday spirit. In other words, they let their guard down. As the song says “it’s the season to be jolly”. It is NOT the season to be careless and to become the victim of a violent assault. Be alert, be aware & be safe.
Walking around absorbed in a cell phone conversation or texting, unaware of your surroundings (is someone watching you? Following you? Listening to the information you are disclosing in your conversation?)
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