My theory on Tradional Martial Arts and today.
I was drinking my beer, and reading the normal arguments on this forum, and thinking of my own limited experience, and a question came to mind. How is it possible for the TMA to be so ridiculously worthless to the majority in this day and age, but yet they persevered for centuries? Is it possible that maybe the training is flawed? I can understand that over time things can change and get better, but don't you think that somewhere along the line someone would've figured that out before now? Could it be that the endless techniques in the kata actually contain some logic? I think of Kung Fu, Taekwondo, Hwarang do, Shotokan, Shorei Ryu, Goju Ryu, and the ridicule that it faces here in Bullshido and elsewhere, and then I think of all the years that people have practiced these arts, and how it somehow must have worked against real enemies at some point.
I have seen how these so called practitioners learn the kata and techniques, yet fail to apply them when it's sparring time. What would happen if folks actually applied these techniques to practice and non compliant sparring? Could someone actually learn something useful? Has anyone actually tried it? It seems to me that most TMA practitioners learn the techniques, and then spar kickboxing afterwards. Kind of defeats the purpose of learning the deadly doesn't it?
I would really like to hear some intelligent dialogue in regards to this. That last part I wrote about the sparring is really what I'm getting at.
Ok. FLAME ON!